Camden SC Archives & Museum

Camden, South Carolina

Camden Archives and Museum

The Camden Archives & Museum sits in a beautiful park setting, 1314 Broad Street, Camden South Carolina.  The museum is known for both preservations and exhibits of history.

Hosting an extensive and diverse collection of artifacts, local historical and genealogical records, the Archives is recognized as one of the finest genealogical research facilities in South Carolina. Books, microfilm, maps, files, periodicals and artifacts are abundant.  Visitors to the museum can view both permanent and rotating exhibits on Kershaw County and the City of Camden’s rich history.  Displays are as diverse as Native American items, china from Camden’s great hotels, and Ruffian’s halter.

The collect material pertaining to the north-central section of South Carolina formerly recognized as the old Camden District is a treasure trove from visitors. This area today encompasses several counties including Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Kershaw, Lancaster, York, Chester, Fairfield and northern Richland County.  The South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution Library and the Colonial Dames XVII Century Library are also located at the archives.

Of special note is the Ross Beard Gun Collection, known as the best in the South.  A tool, a work of art, a life saver, or a deadly weapon, this collection depicts a large part of the history of all people.  Have you ever seen a 1400s Arab Snaphaunce Camel Rifle, an 1860s Civil War Musket, a solid gold Gorget, or John Dillinger’s “Parker” Sawed Off Shotgun?  Look no farther, all of these items and cases more are in this collection.  To the right of Case 1, you can watch Ross Beard discuss the collection with Katherine Lemay Brown of Bloomsbury Inn.

Ross Beard Gun Collection, Camden SC

Visitors are welcome to visit and use the resources of the archives at no charge, and staff is available for assistance.

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday – Closed

The Camden Archives and Museum is a must visit in historic Camden SC.