Battle of Camden NHL

The Battle of Camden National Historic Landmark is a nice place not only to learn about history, but to take a walk in a pine forest setting.

The place is almost a surprise as one makes their way on RD58/Flat Rock Road, which bisects the battlefield. There are a number of trails to take and I choose the East Battlefield Trail and the Colonial Road. There are markers along the way that explain what happened.

A battle took place here on 16 August 1780 and was a victory for the British. The main players here were General Charles Cornwallis, British, and General Horatio Gates of the Continental army. I won’t go into too much detail as those more knowledgeable of the Revolutionary War and military matters may roll their eyes at my description. Fortunately there is an audio podcast that can explain this better than I can. And the signs along the trail are really helped.

The battle took place over an area of about 2,000 acres and partially in the dark as both forces marched through the night to attack one another. After some fighting, they stopped, starting up again at dawn. The Continental army did not do well at all. Some of the soldiers fled and the others were surrounded and captured. Their commanding officer, Baron Johann de Kalb, was mortally wounded. There’s a marker where he fell.

The scene now, as one walks through these woods and grasslands, is supposed to be pretty much like it was before. It’s peacefulness belies that this was where one of the deadliest battles of the Revolutionary War took place.

How to Get There:

On US521/US601, just north of Shamokin, take Flat Rock Road/RD58 northwest and look for the signs.

Links:

http://scgreatoutdoors.com/park-battleofcamdenlandmark.html

What’s Close By:

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site

Camden

Goodale State Park

Lake Wateree

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Museums in Columbia

When it’s raining or there’s bad weather, museums are a good alternative. Of course, some cost money, but a few are free. Sometimes the fee based museums have specials. You’ll need to check out their website for that information. Columbia, being the capital, is home to several museums. These include:

Columbia fire Dept Museum – 1800 Laurel

Small, but full of interesting exhibits of the history of Columbia’s fire dept with fire engines including a horse drawn steam powered one. Any child who lives fire engines will love this place.

Free.

EdVenture Children’s Museum – 211 Gervais St.

If you have little ones, this is a definite place to go. I enjoyed it myself when I went with my nephew and crawled through the world’s largest child, Eddy. It proved a bit challenging. There are plenty of hands on activities. Check the website for special events. One can spend a whole day here.

Admission charged.

edventure.org

McKissick Museum – USC Horseshoe

At one time it was a library, but now it’s the visitor center and a museum. Some of the exhibits change.

Free

SC Military Museum – 1225 Bluff Rd – you can’t miss the tanks sitting out front.

scmilitarymuseum.com

SC State Museum – 301 Gervais (has SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in it)

This offers all sorts of things, special exhibits. There’s a 4-D theater, an observatory, and a planetarium. The permanent collection is great too and I go there for just that. The hands on activities are fun. I love the space section.

Admission charged – check website as they sometimes have specials.

scmuseum.org

Columbia Museum of Art – 1515 Main St.

Contains art from Monet, Botticelli, and Chihuly (he does glass work). Check the website to see what touring exhibit is currently being shown.

Admission charged – They sometimes have specials so check their website

Columbiamuseum.org

Revised Resource Page

Resource lists

I’ve created a resource you can bookmark to help with traveling around the state. It’s on the resource page. Here are all the websites I’ve found over the years that have helped me the most. I shied away from those that emphasize restaurants and shopping areas. Check it out. If you know of a website that isn’t here, please let me know so I can add to it.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1907961