Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Visit a peaceful war park in Camden

Posted 3/2/2012 1:14:00 PM

I've driven past the Revolutionary War Site in Camden dozens of times on my way from the interstate to downtown.

A few weeks ago, we pulled in. I'm glad we did.

Camden is the oldest existing inland town in the state. The Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is on U.S. 521 North just 1.4 miles from Interstate 20 at exit 98.

The brochures and billboards proclaim "Spend a few peaceful hours where the British spent a rough year." It's true -- there is something peaceful about strolling the quiet grounds of the Revolutionary War Site.

Visitors can learn all about the history of Camden (focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary eras). We took a self-guided tour, looking around the 107-acre complex. There is much to see, including the restored and furnished John Craven House (circa 1785) and the Cunningham House (which serves as a tour office and gift shop). Kids will love the 19th century log cabins and the reproductins of stocks and pillory located next to the gift shop. There is also a blacksmith exhibit and a .6-mile nature trail.

The grounds are open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Self-guided tours of the lower grounds, nature trail and picnic area are free. Guided tours also are available.

It's also a great place for special events, especially re-enactments.  Re-enactors will depict warriors from ancient times to the soldiers of today. There will be weapons and drill demonstrations, in-camp interpretations and military displays. Check the website's Special Events page for a monthly schedule.