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Historic Camden receives $10,000 grant

Posted: April 30, 2018 2:55 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Historic Camden Foundation recently announced that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s (CCCF) Connecting Communities program. Historic Camden is one of 11 recipients and the only one from Kershaw County for this program. This funding will go towards the Redoubt Revitalization project, which aims to reconstruct, reinterpret, and beautify the earthen fort located next to the Kershaw-Cornwallis House.

“Historic Camden is honored to receive the Connecting Communities grant,” Executive Director Halie Brazier said. “The revitalization of the Southeast Redoubt will allow us to clean up an area in our park, improve our interpretation of this military history feature, and reach out to veterans and families interested in military history for programming and events.”

The redoubt project is being done in several phases. In the first phase, Lugoff-Elgin High School JROTC students removed the palisade wall from the lower grounds and installed it around the inner wall of the redoubt in 2016 and early 2017.

Historic Camden will then use the CCCF funds to re-route the dirt road around the redoubt and improve fortification elements. The museum will also be working with community students and volunteers to build a step along the inside wall. The museum will also preserve and protect an 18th century cannon to display at the redoubt, with Eagle Scouts building a garrison carriage on which to mount the cannon. Later, the redoubt will be used for programming such as site tours, military staff rides, battle reenactments like November’s Revolutionary War Field Days, and a planned Veterans Day unveiling of the completed redoubt.

The Southeast Redoubt on the 107-acre Broad Street campus of Historic Camden was originally constructed in the 1970s, based off of archaeological research about the redoubt that was nearby from 1780-81. When British General Lord Cornwallis and Lord Rawdon occupied Camden during the Revolutionary War, they fortified the town with a palisade wall and a number of earthen forts, or redoubts, circling it from a small distance. Only the reconstructed Southeast and Northeast redoubts have been maintained into the present day.

“We are aiming to raise an additional $3,000 to cover reconstruction and cannon preservation costs,” Brazier said. “If you would like to support our military history initiatives like the Redoubt Revitalization project, please contribute to Midlands Gives on May 1 (today).”

Midlands Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving to local non-profits at www.midlandsgives.org. Proceeds from this year’s event will support the redoubt project directly, and donations of $100 or more will receive recognition on a new sign that will be placed at the redoubt. Contact Halie Brazier for more information at halie@historiccamden.org.

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