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“Beautiful and Educational”

Camden Revolutionary War Site
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
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Camden, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Educational”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is where the Kershaw-Cornwallis house sits. It is not the original, that was burned down, but they have reconstructed it on the same site, just like it was. There are other houses on the site also. You can get a real feeling what it was like back in the time of the Revolutionary War.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Mary B
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Quick visit before antiquing”
Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

I am a history buff, I didn't do a tour, it was a hot day, but enjoyed a short visit. I will definitely come back and visit Camden and visit all of the places of interest

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Northern Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Under-Appreciated But Could Use SOme Help”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Few people who visit Camden even realize that the original settlement, completely burned down by the British when they departed in 1782, was nearly a mile south of the center of the town that rose from the ashes, (BTW I've never gotten a convincing explanation of why they chose to rebuild at a different site), and not many of them bother to visit it.

A must for Revolutionary War buffs, and anyone who is visiting Camden for it s history should take the time to see it. The buildings are reconstructions, as is the palisade, but are very accurate in terms of "look and feel" (gee, the original owners didn't leave architectural plans ...).

The exteriors are more interesting than the interiors, especially if, like myself and my son, you are fairly steeped in the typical buildings of the era. It is above all useful for scale. Few people truly understand how lightly settled the colonies still were at the time of the Revolution. That reconstructed palisade encompasses the largest settlement in the so-called Back Country of South Carolina at the time of the Revolution.

Better signage and descriptors, and a less expensive guided tour, are what cause me to give this a three instead of a four, which the level of interest on its own would earn.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank InformedTraveller
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San Francisco
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“An Under-appreciated Historic Site”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

Camden has been a regional focal-point for hundreds of years now, since even before Europeans arrived on the continent and, during the Revolutionary War, not just one, but two important battles were fought here. Local people aware of this history have made great efforts to collect and display the town's special history and to share that with anyone who comes to see. Visiting this Site is an opportunity to experience some of the reality of that past in a much more "up close and personal" way than one gets to do in big National-Park-type settings and well worth the visit for those who can imagine what it might have been like to have lived in those times in the past.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Perrydigm
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Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great site to walk and look into the old buildings. A nice loop video to watch. Gift shop, restrooms, war plaques.

Visited March 2014
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