Attractions in Camden, SC
Amongst the other various things to do, Camden features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Camden and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
Unforgettable tales of patriotism, rebellion and courage are planted in the pages of American history, and nowhere do the nation’s roots run deeper than in Kershaw County, S.C. “Kershaw County is known for its history, and people come from all over the world to experience it firsthand,” says Joanna Craig, executive director of the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. “When you look at the major players in early American history, from Hernando de Soto and Lord Charles Cornwallis to George Washington and Nathanael Greene, nearly all came through this town.”
The Bethune Chicken Strut The Bethune Chicken Strut is an annual festival in early May that includes rides, vendors, street dances, live music and equine events. Other attractions are a parade, championship rodeo, truck and tractor pull and a baseball tournament. Most activities are held on the grounds of Bethune Elementary School. One major highlight of the festival is the Colgate Country Showdown. It is a regional singing competition with the winner advancing to Atlanta and then to Nashville for a $100,000 recording contract.
Susan Simpson would have thrived in early America. Simpson is owner of The Broom Place, where she still uses antique machinery to make brooms just as they were made in previous centuries. Her business is located in the historic Boykin district, in a restored settler's home that was constructed around 1740. She dyes her broom straw in bright colors of red, blue, green and yellow, then cuts and soaks the straw so that it becomes flexible. It can then be wrapped in layers around custom-carved wooden handles and then sewn securely.
The Artists' Attic in Camden houses nine artists under one roof, and the interesting cooperative even welcomes visitors who want a glimpse of the creative process. The studio is on South Broad Street – just look for the maroon-striped awning. The artists work in a variety of mediums, and classes can be scheduled for children and adults. Camden is also home to a couple of other art centers. Dovetails features custom bench-crafted furniture made to a client's specifications from woods that include pine, walnut, cypress, maple and cherry.
The arts and culture scene is alive and well in Kershaw County, with many choices for residents to enjoy. Here is a sampling: Visual Arts The Artists' Attic in the Camden Antique and Arts District houses nine artists under one roof and welcomes visitors who want a glimpse of the creative process. The studio is on South Broad Street and artists work in a variety of mediums.