Kershaw County Information and Helpful Links.
Camden is the oldest inland city in South Carolina, founded in 1730 by King George II. The county was named after Joseph Kershaw, who came from Yorkshire, England, in 1758 and established a store that became a centerpiece for the new colony’s inland trade center. Lord Cornwallis marched to Camden from Charleston in 1780 and launched the main British supply post for the Southern campaign. The Battle of Camden was fought on August 16, 1780, and resulted in the worst American defeat in the Revolution.
Camden was not directly impacted by the Civil War but did send a few generals. After the Civil War, the Camden area became a winter haven for affluent Northern families. The town became associated with equestrian activities and still uses the United States’ third oldest polo field. The Carolina Cup steeplechase race became an annual event in 1930 and drew crowds of 70,000 spectators in the spring. It has become known as the premier social sporting event in South Carolina. Camden’s Historic District still has many of the antebellum homes that are privately owned, with some dating back to the 1840s. Today you will find a unique blend of residents that take advantage of the many things Camden and Kershaw County has to offer, such as:
- Arts Center of Kershaw County
- SC Equine Park
- Goodale State Park
- Lake Wateree
- Carolina Cup
- Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
- Kershaw Health
- Hermitage Farm Shooting Sports
- Carolina Motorsports Park
- Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park
LUGOFF & ELGIN
The Lugoff and Elgin areas are the fastest-growing part of Kershaw County due to their proximity to NE Columbia. The typical small southern lifestyle is still available here with the shopping convenience of a large city. Lugoff-Elgin boasts award-winning schools with elementary, middle, and high school education available. You’ll find tight-knit communities from suburb type neighborhoods to rural farms in this area. Each community is unique with annual holiday events like the Elgin Catfish Stomp festival and the Lights of Lugoff Christmas Parade.
This 13,000-acre lake is one of South Carolina’s oldest manmade shores with 216 miles of shoreline, surrounded by three counties, including Kershaw, Lancaster, and Fairfield. Duke Power created Lake Wateree in 1920, and it is known for its excellent fishing and bountiful wildlife. Although you can still find a few lake cabins in the area, many residents have built permanent and large weekend homes. While boating and water sports are massive summer attractions, anglers love the lure of catching largemouth bass, trout, striped bass, channel catfish, and the local favorite, Crappie! Wildlife lovers will appreciate the abundance of deer, foxes, turtles, and various species of ducks, hawks, and eagles.
There are all types of housing available in Kershaw County, including:
- New Construction
- Traditional Ranch style homes in established neighborhoods
- Executive Properties
- Lakefront Communities
- Horse Farms
- Historic Homes
City & County Directories
- KCSDschools.net (Kershaw County School District)
- Montessori-Camden.com (Camden)
- CamdenMilitary.com (Camden)
- WilsonHall.org (Sumter)
- Thomas Sumter (Sumter)
- HammondSchool.org (Columbia)
- Heathwood.org (Columbia)