Historic Camden Foundation

Historic Camden Foundation Keeping the spirit of the Revolution alive at Historic Camden! Tours, historic houses, shop, rentals, & the Camden Battlefield & Longleaf Pine Preserve

Historic Camden offers guided and self-guided tours!! For more information on tour times and ticket prices please visit: https://www.historiccamden.org/tours/

Historic Camden Foundation is a private 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to protect, preserve, and celebrate Camden's extraordinary Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Our 107 acres on the Broad Street campus sits atop the original Col

Historic Camden offers guided and self-guided tours!! For more information on tour times and ticket prices please visit: https://www.historiccamden.org/tours/

Historic Camden Foundation is a private 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to protect, preserve, and celebrate Camden's extraordinary Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Our 107 acres on the Broad Street campus sits atop the original Col

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We are ready for autumn at Kershaw & Co.  Discover our newest selection of Brackish Jewelry and AddLibb Handbags. Proudl...
10/20/2021

We are ready for autumn at Kershaw & Co. Discover our newest selection of Brackish Jewelry and AddLibb Handbags. Proudly made in SC!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

We are ready for autumn at Kershaw & Co. Discover our newest selection of Brackish Jewelry and AddLibb Handbags. Proudly made in SC!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

Discover the perfect gift at Kershaw & Co. Shop. Pure South Carolina!Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House a...
10/13/2021

Discover the perfect gift at Kershaw & Co. Shop. Pure South Carolina!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

Discover the perfect gift at Kershaw & Co. Shop. Pure South Carolina!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

Come by Artfest on Broad for Around Camden note cards! TODAY ONLY
10/09/2021

Come by Artfest on Broad for Around Camden note cards! TODAY ONLY

Come by Artfest on Broad for Around Camden note cards! TODAY ONLY

We love our SC state dog. Discover the perfect gift for your favorite Boykin Spaniel fan at Kershaw & Co. Shop!Kershaw &...
10/06/2021

We love our SC state dog. Discover the perfect gift for your favorite Boykin Spaniel fan at Kershaw & Co. Shop!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

We love our SC state dog. Discover the perfect gift for your favorite Boykin Spaniel fan at Kershaw & Co. Shop!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

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Join Davie Beard on Saturday Oct 9 from 10am to noon in McCaa Tavern.

Follow the battle lines at the Camden Battlefield. Join our guided tours.
10/02/2021

Follow the battle lines at the Camden Battlefield. Join our guided tours.

Follow the battle lines at the Camden Battlefield. Join our guided tours.

09/30/2021
There is nothing more delicious than your favorite recipes cooked in your heirloom cast iron pan.  Smithey Ironware Co…o...
09/29/2021

There is nothing more delicious than your favorite recipes cooked in your heirloom cast iron pan. Smithey Ironware Co…one of our many “Proudly Made In SC” brands at Kershaw & Co. Shop!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

There is nothing more delicious than your favorite recipes cooked in your heirloom cast iron pan. Smithey Ironware Co…one of our many “Proudly Made In SC” brands at Kershaw & Co. Shop!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

There is nothing more delicious than your favorite recipes cooked in your heirloom cast iron pan.  Smithey Ironware Co…o...
09/29/2021
Explore | Camden Rev War Visitor Center

There is nothing more delicious than your favorite recipes cooked in your heirloom cast iron pan. Smithey Ironware Co…one of our many “Proudly Made In SC” brands at Kershaw& Co. Shop!

Kershaw & Co. Shop is located in the Public House at the Revolutionary War Visitors Center adjacent to the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The Kershaw & Co. Shop offers a host of goods celebrating the American Revolution, colonial life, Camden, and Kershaw County. Browse, shop, and take home a special souvenir commemorating your visit. All proceeds benefit the Historic Camden Foundation. https://simplyrevolutionary.com/explore/

THE SITE The Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden is being created as the gateway to South Carolina’s pivotal role in the American Revolution as well as the multitude of other things Kershaw County has to offer. Masterfully designed and planned, the center is a destination for visiting, gath...

Timeline Photos
09/29/2021

Timeline Photos

Today on #CoffeeDay, we explore how the 18th-century coffee imported from Surinam (a Dutch colony in the Guianas) and Yemen would have ended up on the breakfast table at Mount Vernon. ⁣

Coffee was generally imported as green beans, requiring roasting, grinding, and brewing by Mount Vernon's enslaved cooks, such as Hercules or Doll. ⁣

The beans were roasted over a fire until dark brown, then ground with a device similar to a spice grinder, or with a mortar and pestle. ⁣

The brewing process left grounds in the brew, which could be "settled" by adding egg whites, isinglass (fish collagen,) eggshell, or fish or eel skins. These additives would bind to the grounds and be skimmed off the top.⁣

The brew was served in a silver coffee pot, delivered to the dining room by the enslaved butler, Frank Lee.

Any remaining grounds or tea dregs would be emptied into a slop dish, or small bowl, on the dining table.

#Howto18thCentury #Coffee⁣ #InternationalCoffeeDay

(Image Credits)⁣
Coffee drinkers from a satirical print, Carington Bowles (British) c. 1781. British Museum, London, England. Object number 1935,0522.1.105.

One flag is out of place. Join us on October 9th 2nd Saturday to learn about our flag display.
09/28/2021

One flag is out of place. Join us on October 9th 2nd Saturday to learn about our flag display.

Loyalist Colonel Robert Gray described South Carolina as “a piece of patchwork, the inhabitants of every settlement, whe...
09/22/2021

Loyalist Colonel Robert Gray described South Carolina as “a piece of patchwork, the inhabitants of every settlement, when united in sentiment being in arms for the side they liked best and making continual inroads into one another’s settlements.” One of those pieces of patchwork, the people living on and surrounding Snow’s Island, South Carolina, were “united in sentiment” against the British crown. This community of partisans had joined the rebellion as early as 1775 and had stubbornly refused to surrender, even when Charleston fell in 1780. They had supplied food, forage, and blood to the rebellion and, under the leadership of General Francis Marion, had become an obstacle to British control of the southern colonies. This book is their story.

Loyalist Colonel Robert Gray described South Carolina as “a piece of patchwork, the inhabitants of every settlement, when united in sentiment being in arms for the side they liked best and making continual inroads into one another’s settlements.” One of those pieces of patchwork, the people living on and surrounding Snow’s Island, South Carolina, were “united in sentiment” against the British crown. This community of partisans had joined the rebellion as early as 1775 and had stubbornly refused to surrender, even when Charleston fell in 1780. They had supplied food, forage, and blood to the rebellion and, under the leadership of General Francis Marion, had become an obstacle to British control of the southern colonies. This book is their story.

Check out the Historic Camden Gift Shop's Book of the Week: The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolut...
09/15/2021

Check out the Historic Camden Gift Shop's Book of the Week: The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution.

In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British "southern campaign." Employing insurgent guerrilla tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted enemy losses that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale.

Although many will remember the stirring adventures of the "Swamp Fox" from the Walt Disney television series of the late 1950s and the fictionalized Marion character played by Mel Gibson in the 2000 film The Patriot, the real Francis Marion bore little resemblance to either of those caricatures. But his exploits were no less heroic as he succeeded, against all odds, in repeatedly foiling the highly trained, better-equipped forces arrayed against him.

In this action-packed biography we meet many colorful characters from the Revolution: Banastre Tarleton, the British cavalry officer who relentlessly pursued Marion over twenty-six miles of swamp, only to call off the chase and declare (per legend) that "the Devil himself could not catch this damned old fox," giving Marion his famous nickname; Thomas Sumter, the bold but rash patriot militia leader whom Marion detested; Lord Cornwallis, the imperious British commander who ordered the hanging of rebels and the destruction of their plantations; "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, the urbane young Continental cavalryman who helped Marion topple critical British outposts in South Carolina; but most of all Francis Marion himself, "the Washington of the South," a man of ruthless determination yet humane character, motivated by what his peers called "the purest patriotism."

In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than forty years, John Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution.

Check out the Historic Camden Gift Shop's Book of the Week: The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution.

In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British "southern campaign." Employing insurgent guerrilla tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted enemy losses that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale.

Although many will remember the stirring adventures of the "Swamp Fox" from the Walt Disney television series of the late 1950s and the fictionalized Marion character played by Mel Gibson in the 2000 film The Patriot, the real Francis Marion bore little resemblance to either of those caricatures. But his exploits were no less heroic as he succeeded, against all odds, in repeatedly foiling the highly trained, better-equipped forces arrayed against him.

In this action-packed biography we meet many colorful characters from the Revolution: Banastre Tarleton, the British cavalry officer who relentlessly pursued Marion over twenty-six miles of swamp, only to call off the chase and declare (per legend) that "the Devil himself could not catch this damned old fox," giving Marion his famous nickname; Thomas Sumter, the bold but rash patriot militia leader whom Marion detested; Lord Cornwallis, the imperious British commander who ordered the hanging of rebels and the destruction of their plantations; "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, the urbane young Continental cavalryman who helped Marion topple critical British outposts in South Carolina; but most of all Francis Marion himself, "the Washington of the South," a man of ruthless determination yet humane character, motivated by what his peers called "the purest patriotism."

In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than forty years, John Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution.

Check out the Historic Camden Gift Shop's Book of the Week: The Quaker and the GamecockA joint biography of Nathanael Gr...
09/08/2021

Check out the Historic Camden Gift Shop's Book of the Week: The Quaker and the Gamecock
A joint biography of Nathanael Greene and Thomas Sumter and the Southern campaign of the American Revolution.

As the newly appointed commander of the Southern Continental Army in December 1780, Nathanael Greene quickly realized victory would not only require defeating the British Army, but also subduing the region's brutal civil war. "The division among the people is much greater than I imagined, and the Whigs and the Tories persecute each other, with little less than savage fury,” wrote Greene.

Part of Greene’s challenge involved managing South Carolina's determined but unreliable Patriot militia, led by Thomas Sumter, the famed "Gamecock." Though Sumter would go on to a long political career, it was as a defiant partisan that he first earned the respect of his fellow backcountry settlers, a command that would compete with Greene for status and stature in the Revolutionary War's "Southern Campaign."

Despite these challenges, Greene was undaunted. Born to a devout Quaker family, and influenced by the faith's tenets, Greene instinctively understood the war's Southern theater involved complex political, personal, and socioeconomic challenges, not just military ones. Though never a master of the battlefield, Greene's mindful leadership style established his historic legacy.

The Quaker and the Gamecock tells the story of these two wildly divergent leaders against the backdrop of the American Revolution's last gasp, the effort to extricate a British occupation force from the wild and lawless South Carolina frontier. For Greene, the campaign meant a last chance to prove his capabilities as a general, not just a talented administrator. For Sumter, it was a quest of personal revenge that showcased his innate understanding of the backcountry character. Both men needed the other to defeat the British, yet their forceful personalities, divergent leadership styles, and opposing objectives would clash again and again, a fascinating story of our nation's bloody birth that still influences our political culture.

Check out the Historic Camden Gift Shop's Book of the Week: The Quaker and the Gamecock
A joint biography of Nathanael Greene and Thomas Sumter and the Southern campaign of the American Revolution.

As the newly appointed commander of the Southern Continental Army in December 1780, Nathanael Greene quickly realized victory would not only require defeating the British Army, but also subduing the region's brutal civil war. "The division among the people is much greater than I imagined, and the Whigs and the Tories persecute each other, with little less than savage fury,” wrote Greene.

Part of Greene’s challenge involved managing South Carolina's determined but unreliable Patriot militia, led by Thomas Sumter, the famed "Gamecock." Though Sumter would go on to a long political career, it was as a defiant partisan that he first earned the respect of his fellow backcountry settlers, a command that would compete with Greene for status and stature in the Revolutionary War's "Southern Campaign."

Despite these challenges, Greene was undaunted. Born to a devout Quaker family, and influenced by the faith's tenets, Greene instinctively understood the war's Southern theater involved complex political, personal, and socioeconomic challenges, not just military ones. Though never a master of the battlefield, Greene's mindful leadership style established his historic legacy.

The Quaker and the Gamecock tells the story of these two wildly divergent leaders against the backdrop of the American Revolution's last gasp, the effort to extricate a British occupation force from the wild and lawless South Carolina frontier. For Greene, the campaign meant a last chance to prove his capabilities as a general, not just a talented administrator. For Sumter, it was a quest of personal revenge that showcased his innate understanding of the backcountry character. Both men needed the other to defeat the British, yet their forceful personalities, divergent leadership styles, and opposing objectives would clash again and again, a fascinating story of our nation's bloody birth that still influences our political culture.

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Historic Camden Foundation is a private 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to protect, preserve, and celebrate Camden's extraordinary Colonial and Revolutionary War history.

Visit Historic Camden for $5 admission to the site, or an additional $5 for a guided tour! Guided tours are at 10:30am and 2:30pm Tues-Sat, and 2:30 on Sunday. Discounts for students, seniors, and military, and kids under 6 are free! Our 107 acres on the Broad Street campus sits atop the original Colonial town of Camden and the town's founder Joseph Kershaw's property. His original house and land were occupied and fortified by British General Lord Cornwallis and Lord Rawdon from 1780-81. Today, we offer guided tours, historic houses (including the reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House and McCaa's Tavern), a unique gift shop, rental opportunities, and special events and programs like the battle reenactment weekend Revolutionary War Field Days the first full weekend in November. The Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve is also part of Historic Camden's holdings. The 476 acres of the core battlefield of the 1780 Battle of Camden is located about eight miles north of the Broad St. campus on Flat Rock Road. Please visit the Historic Camden gift shop for more information about this important and hallowed site.

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A couple more shots in the fog at #historiccamden... 11-27-20
The Kershaw-Cornwallis House at #historiccamden in the early morning fog... 11-27-20
The Kershaw-Cornwallis House at #historiccamden in the early morning fog... 11-27-20
What about the re-enactments? Why are they not being advertised on here?
For sale $120 rare water color picture of Camden messages me
The Blood Connection will be at Camden City Hall on Thursday, August 6 from 10-3. Please come and donate blood. If you have recovered from COVID-19 you can donate your plasma and save the life of someone in your community. The blood we collect in your community stays in your community. We need your help in this very uncertain time. Click the below link to sign up!
Today is the Anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill. We used to be taught to remember it, and likewise Lexington and Concord, and the reasons they were important to mark well - and why those who struggled there and so many other places were worthy of our respect. Today they are ignored while we carelessly cast aside our rights and liberties for which they suffered and died,...and our honor.
Just curious. Love all the new buildings being built to look so historical. Is the one small one, by chance, in the back going to be a historical church? What a great way to make money, rent it to have nondenominational weddings. Great Fund Raiser!!!
Are you open to the public? I read where you weren't but then the sidebar says "Open Now" with the hours. We're riding through this weekend and wanted to ride through if you are. Thanks! 🙂
Is it true that the revolutionary days in Nov 2020 are cancelled?
Please dont turn away the reenactors - please keep that part of Historic Camden!
I happened to have some good timing during the battle and thought I'd share the photo :)