Camden

Overview

Introduction

During the Revolutionary War, Camden saw more than a dozen battles. The peace has long since been restored—the thundering hooves you hear in the area come not from the cavalry but from the polo field. Located 35 mi/55 km northeast of Columbia, Camden is an equestrian's playground, with facilities not only for polo but also steeplechases and flat races, as well as miles/kilometers of bridle paths through the countryside. The Carolina Cup and the Colonial Cup steeplechase events are held in March and November, respectively.

The war for independence is far from forgotten, however. At the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, a 107-acre/43-hectare site, British fortifications of the time have been restored, as has a collection of 18th- and 19th-century houses. A monument to Revolutionary War hero Baron de Kalb stands in front of the historic Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

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