The South Eastern portion of the United States is full of small towns brimming with southern charm and gracious hospitality. You’ve probably heard of popular destinations like Charleston, Savannah, and Beaufort, but there are smaller and lesser known gems just waiting to be discovered. Camden SC is one of those gems that is definitely worth a visit. For a getaway to a place where you can enjoy a slower and friendlier way of life, head to Camden SC and check in to the Select Registry property in town, and get ready for a memorable experience.
Camden SC History
Camden is the fourth oldest city in South Carolina, and the oldest city not on the coast. The city begins its history in 1730 when King George II ordered there to be several towns established in the area along the Wateree river. Camden was officially founded in 1786 and named after a colonial rights leader, Lord Camden. During the American Revolution, the main British supply post was set up in the town Today, the town maintains several of its important historic sites such as the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse.
Activities and Dining in Camden SC
Camden SC is full of small town charm and great activities to participate in. Because of the town’s great historical importance in the American Revolution, the Kershaw-Cornwallis House and Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site are popular destinations for visitors. Guided and self-guided tours of the museum are available and war re-enactments take place in November. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County brings art programs, galleries, performances, and exhibits to locals and visitors alike. And of course, Camden is home to some great cuisine. Southern classics such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and fried green tomatoes are on the menu at several restaurants. Or, if you’re in the mood for something different, there’s sure to be a restaurant to satisfy your appetite.
Steeplechase Capital of the World
If you’re a horse lover, especially a fan of steeplechase, then Camden is the perfect place for you to visit. Often referred to as the “Steeplechase Capital of the World,” Camden is home to several big races each year as well as an equine center. Springdale Race Course plays host to the races and is home to the National Steeplechase Museum. The biggest event of the year is the Carolina Cup, which takes place each spring and holds the record for Steeplechase attendance. It’s a huge event with people coming from in-state and out of state to enjoy the races and surrounding parties.
Bloomsbury Inn is located in the historic district of Camden SC, making it the ideal place to stay when enjoying all that this gem has to offer. Experience the utmost in southern hospitality in one of the two parlors on the main floor and four bed chambers to choose from. These large rooms are each beautifully appointed with sitting rooms, private baths, and king and queen beds. Like many of our Select Registry member Inns, the Bloomsbury combines the charm of yesterday with modern and luxurious amenities, allowing for the ideal getaway.
Photo courtesy Paul.