CAMDEN, S.C. — A groundbreaking ceremony took place Tuesday for a new Revolutionary War  visitors center in Camden. 

The new center will be built near the historic Camden Revolutionary War site and will be funded by donations from the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC).

The center will be made up of three buildings: 

  • A main visitors building that will focus on Native American, African American, and South Carolina backcountry history during the American Revolutionary War and promotes Camden and Kershaw County as an anchor for the Liberty Trail.
  • An educational building for use by CCTC staff and students, with fully-functioning kitchen and classrooms.
  • An open air market for use by residents and visitors. 

“This place will be a place to bring our children to tell them the story about who we are," says South Carolina Senator Vincent Sheheen, who played a major part in organizing the project. "It will be a place that will lure visitors from all over who want to experience how America was made.” 

“It’s going to be a tourism focal point, and we believe it will attract a lot of people to the State of South Carolina, especially the Midlands,” said Camden city manager Mel Pearson.

Community leaders are hopeful the site will be completed by the end of 2020.