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Camden South Carolina, Things to See and Do

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Are you visiting Camden for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in Camden, South Carolina – the Steeplechase Capital of the World.
When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is Springdale Race Course – home of the Carolina Cup – the largest cocktail party in the south.

When I want to escape the tourists, I like to tour the Village of Kirkwood, with magnificent antebellum homes founded by early planters who tucked their estates along a common area overlooking a spring-fed lake. Holly Hedge, the former home of famed steeplechase racing doyenne Marion DuPont Scott, is another beauty not to be missed.  (Visitors to Camden, who appreciate history, are able to overnight in the Airbnb at Holly Hedge/ The Johnson House.)
holly hedge, antebellum, camden, south carolina, historic home Holly Hedge in Camden. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

If this is a romantic trip, I recommend Kendall Lake Park for kissing with a view.

The best place to walk the dog is Monument Square Park.

Museums are wonderful, but if you are traveling with kids, you’ll want to visit Historic Camden – the 107-acre history park, site of the town’s original colonial settlement.

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Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Southern Food:
If you are looking for typical Camden cuisine, I recommend the down home cooking at Debruel’s Café on Market Street.

The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is  Books on Broad and Coffee. For delicious baked goods, you MUST visit Camden’s iconic Mulberry Bakery.

Looking for cheap food in Camden, go to the BSL or the Little Midget. For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to Sam Kendall’s.

If you have time for a private party, personally prepared for you and your guests, arrange a table with Jack Brantley at Aberdeen.

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Seeing a lot of old architecture? Camden is well known for antebellum homes and neighborhoods – the most antebellum homes in South Carolina.

When you come to Camden, get your picture taken at the Joseph Kershaw/Cornwallis House at Historic Camden.

The grand stands at Springdale Race Course offer great views and are the best place to watch and experience the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races. You’ll want to visit the Steeplechase Museum, too.

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National Steeplechase Museum

In Camden, outdoor lovers will want to hike N.R. Goodale State Park, an old mill pond with amazing scenery.

Looking for a little exercise? ANYWHERE IN CAMDEN IS PERFECT. 17 PARKS! And don’t forget the Battle of Camden site where you can walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers.

After a day of adventure, Roxie Hart Salon & Spa is the best place to go for a spa treatment.

If you are a museum lover, the Camden Archives & Museum is the best in the region.

Looking for exciting night life? Go dancing at Steeplechase Bar & Grill or The Venue on Thursday night for South Carolina “shaggin.”

The city’s website is where you can check the calendar or sign up for Emails to keep you posted on what’s happening in Camden.

You can tell a lot about Camden from visiting and watching the Carolina Cup. In the spring you should attend the Carolina Cup Races or the Boykin Spaniel National Spring Trials. The Boykin Spaniel is the South Carolina state dog. Visit the Camden Archives & Museum to learn more about this little brown dog.

In the fall you should attend the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival.

Did you know that Camden is most associated with Historic Camden. Come the first weekend of November and experience Revolutionary War Field Days.

Come to Camden the first weekend of December and experience the Candlelight Tour of Homes. This is the only time some of the city’s historic private homes are open for tours.

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Nancy Brown with Boykin Spaniels

Insider Tips: Check out the often over-looked spring-fed Kendall Lake located in Camden’s Kendall Mill Historic District. I’ll bet you didn’t know that Camden is the oldest inland city in South Carolina, established in 1732.  My insider tip for lovers is to check out the Equus Film Festival. The horse-themed film festival makes several stops, including Camden, South Carolina. For additional insider tips follow Nancy D. Brown on Instagram and Twitter @Nancydbrown and @VisitCamdenSC on Twitter.

Just outside of Camden is the village of Boykin where you can visit the mill – one of the oldest grist working mills in South Carolina. Have lunch at the Boykin Mill Store and dinner at the Boykin Mill Pond Steak House.

Article, photography and YouTube video by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Camden Kershaw County Tourism, however all opinions are my own.

2018-08-22T00:05:33+00:00November 3rd, 2017|South Carolina, Things To See and Do, United States|