Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Visitors:
Welcome to Camden, South Carolina, the Steeplechase Capital of the world and the oldest inland town in South Carolina. We look forward to spending time with you in 2015.
As you travel through our shaded streets, you will see that Camden combines extraordinary beauty and warm hospitality. We celebrate our multi-cultural heritage with gospel music, a weeklong blues festival, the imaginative “LeMons” car race, and the country humor of the Boykin Christmas parade.
Rich in historical sites, especially of the Revolution and the Civil War, Camden’s celebrated “Historic District” contains some of the most beautiful ante-bellum homes in the South, many on the National Register of Historic Places. The Camden Archives is considered to be a destination research center. Historic Camden, an affiliate of the National Park System, offers exciting events throughout the year, including colorful American Revolution re-enactments.
Camden natives include Larry Doby, first African American in the American League, financier Bernard Baruch, and Mary Boykin Chesnut, the celebrated author of the Civil War epic, “A Diary From Dixie.”
If you are thinking of relocating to Camden, you’ll discover safe, friendly neighborhoods and shopping districts and an easy commuting distance to Columbia, the state capitol. In addition to our Colonial and Carolina Cup horse races, the largest sporting events in the state, we have the National Steeplechase Museum, as well as the Equine Park with hunter jumper, dressage, rodeo and breed shows. We also have an excellent Fine Arts Center with theatre, exhibition gallery, studios for dance, sculpture and painting, and internationally known visiting concert artists.
We enjoy over 300 acres of parks, tennis courts, and playing fields, with additional opportunities for hunting, fishing, and boating, as well as the world-class Hermitage Farms for sporting clay shooting and a Donald Ross designed golf course. Lake Wateree, just ten miles to the north, has 190 miles of shoreline, and the Wateree River also offers great boating and fishing.
The City has several charming, nationally recognized inns. Our county hospital and satellite emergency care center provide up-to-date medical care. Camden has an airport that meets requirements for most corporate jets. For travelers, the Columbia airport is a 45-minute drive, with the Charlotte, NC International airport under two hours away. Camden’s charming Amtrak station connects with Washington D.C. and New York. Historic Charleston is 2 hours away.
We enjoy a wonderful public education system, a Montessori school, Camden Military Academy, and other private schools. Central Carolina Tech. has a nursing school and other excellent vocational programs. The University of South Carolina is 25 minutes away.
Thank you for your interest, and once again, welcome to Camden.
Mayor of Camden