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Skiing at Lake Wateree Lake Wateree
Partake in a variety of water sports and fishing at Lake Wateree, a 22 mile navigable lake.

Camden Antique and Arts District
Browse more than 20 shops and galleries, many within walking distance, where yesterday’s treasures and today’s artisans await. Pause for lunch or dinner at one of the fine or casual eateries.To request a FREE Antiques and Arts District Guide, please call (803) 432-2525.

Historic Boykin Community
See corn ground into meal and grits by water power at Boykin Mill. Watch as brooms are handmade on more than 100 year old equipment at the Broom Place. Stop at the Boykin Company Store and Grill for gifts, gourmet foods and delicious meals. Make reservations for gourmet dining at the Mill Pond Steakhouse, one of the finest restaurants in South Carolina according to “Fodor’s” travel guide. 

Camden Historic District
Take a walking, carriage or driving tour to experience the splendor of more than 60 gracious homes and buildings preserved by the Kershaw County Historical Society.

Historic Robert Mills Courthouse Visitors Center
Tour the structure built in 1827 to house the Kershaw County Courthouse. The recently restored building houses the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, which provides information on the area seven days a week.

Skiing at Lake Wateree National Steeplechase Museum
Containing displays, exhibits and a reference library, this museum is the only one in North America dedicated to the competition and pageantry of Steeplechase racing.

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Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
Open to the public for guided or self guided tours, this 98 acre outdoor museum complex contains several examples of early American architecture including the reconstructed Kershaw Cornwallis House. Peruse the excavated remains of the old town.
Skiing at Lake Wateree Springdale Race Course and Training Center
The Carolina Cup International Steeplechase Races take place on the course in late March or early April. This day long event, a rite of spring in South Carolina, brings over 70,000 racing and party fans to Camden for Steeplechase races and tailgating.
Skiing at Lake Wateree

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County 
Located on five acres in downtown Camden, the Fine Arts Center features one of the most comprehensive arts programs in the state. Experience a full menu of cultural activities within this complex, which comprises a restored 155 year old house, a 300 seat auditorium, an art gallery and a 6,700 square foot Arts Education Building. Events sponsored by the center include the three day Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in early October, and the bi-annual Camden Kitchen Tour.

 Festivals and Events

  • The Carolina Cup International Steeplechase is one of the world’s premier equestrian events. Some of the finest horses are featured each Spring at the “Cup” - not only “jumpers”, but champion “flat track” horses are trained in Camden. The Carolina Cup is also known as South Carolina’s largest cocktail party! The Carolina Cup is held in late March or early April of each year.

  • The Colonial Cup is held in November and challenges even the fittest horse and most skilled jockey. The victor is awarded the prestigious South Carolina Jockey Club Gold Cup - a cup with a legacy pre-dating the Civil War.

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  • Revolutionary War Field Days is held each November on the grounds of historic Camden and features a Reenactment of the Battles of Camden and Hobkirk Hill. In addition to the battles, the event features local crafts, living history demonstrations and regimental drills.
     

  • Skiing at Lake WatereeThe Carolina Downhome Blues Festival offers three jam-packed days of the most authentic, gritty blues artists in the world. Events include Happy Hour performances, Early Evening Concerts, and performances in seven different venues around Kershaw County.

  • The Elgin Catfish Stomp, held in December, welcomes thousands to sample the tantalizing stew made from prime local catfish. Live country music, square dancing and good-hearted competitions round out the thoroughly unique day.

  • The Chicken Strut in Bethune is a three-day festival held in April to recognize Bethune as the largest egg producer in the United States. Events include concerts, square dancing, sky diving demonstrations, craft fairs and pony rides.

 


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