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Holiday Toy Train exhibit to open at Historic Camden Saturday

Posted: December 2, 2011 3:20 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2011 5:00 a.m.

At the close of the 19th century, a German named Marklin introduced several series of gauged toy trains sets that included ready-to-use track sections, locomotives, cars and accessories, plus enticing add-on pieces for future Christmas and birthday gifts.  Within two years, Lionel’s first electric train was chugging around its track in holiday store windows beckoning all to the magical world of toy trains.

You and your family are invited to enter that mesmerizing world at the 11th annual Holiday Toy Train Exhibit at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The exhibit will run from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10, 12, 13, 15-17, 19-23, 26, 27, 29-31. Admission is free, although donations to benefit Historic Camden are always appreciated.   
Eleven years ago, toy train collector and enthusiast Stephen Smith, a well-known Camden architect, decided he wanted to set up his trains during Christmas and share his passion for the hobby with the public. Soon enough other train hobbyists joined him, and they have been “playing” with their collections and delighting kids of all ages ever since.

The electric powered trains will loop around four tracks, locomotives tooting and blowing smoke as they pass landscapes of town and farm and cross an impressive trestle bridge.  Some are early O-gauge model sets, others, sophisticated toy train systems of today. All exemplify why toy trains are considered the world’s greatest hobby!

The Holiday Train Exhibit will also be part of Colonial Christmas in Camden held Dec. 10th from 2-5 p.m.. The fun-filled adventure into Christmas Past includes learning of Yuletide traditions, touring of the seasonally decorated Kershaw House, colonial games, quill writing, trying on period clothes, chatting with a militiaman, sampling colonial-era treats, and more.  Admission to Colonial Christmas is $5/adults, $3/ages 6-12 and free under six.

For those coming from I-20, take Exit 98 and go 1.4 miles on Highway 521 North towards Camden. Pass the main entrance to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on your right. Turn right onto Bull Street at the corner of Bull and Broad Streets (Rhame Arena on corner). Pass Zemp stadium to Historic Camden’s upper driveway on the right. Bear left to the Kershaw-Cornwallis House.

For additional information: (803) 432-9841, e-mail or Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is located at 222 Broad Street, Camden, SC, 29020, 1.4 miles on Highway 521 North from Exit 98/I-20.


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