Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site will start offering special tours of the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve on Flat Rock Road this month. There will be a regular tour on the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m., starting July 20. Also, private group tours, ranging from 90 minutes to five hours, will be available by advance booking for families, corporate events, military staff rides, and others.
“Historic Camden assumed ownership and stewardship of 476 acres of the Battlefield in 2017,” Historic Camden Executive Director Halie Brazier said. “We are so excited to bring the fascinating history of this site to the public, and to show off all the work that has been done on the site over the last two years.”
The Battle of Camden was fought on August 16, 1780, starting at about 2 a.m. when British forces under Lord Cornwallis and Patriot forces under Horatio Gates bumped into each other on what is now Flat Rock Road. Fighting was paused until daylight, and what resulted was a routing of the Patriot forces. Nearly 1,000 men were killed and wounded, and another 1,000 were taken captive. The loss created a change in leadership in the Patriot Continental Army which helped change the course of the war in colonies’ favor.
The new battlefield tours will cover the incredible story of the circumstances, mistakes, and coincidences that happened during the battle, as well as personal stories of those who served and sacrificed. Visitors will hike through parts of the core battlefield, including the site of the “night battle,” the British and Patriot lines, and the monument to Baron Johann DeKalb who was mortally wounded during the battle. The tour will showcase the terrain and discuss the longleaf pine forest that existed during the battle, and Historic Camden’s efforts under way to restore that endangered ecosystem.
“Our engaging tour guides have been trained and certified by the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution organization,” Brazier said.
All tours will begin at the gift shop at Historic Camden, 222 Broad St. in Camden. Groups will then individually drive 8 miles north to the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve, 1606 Flat Rock Road.
Contact Rick Wise for pricing and to schedule a private tour or to RSVP for the monthly tour at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 432-9841. Guests can also choose to add a cannon firing and hands-on demonstration with one of our 3-pound grasshopper cannons and uniformed Cannon Crew.
More information is at www.historiccamden.org/tours.