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County comes out to support NPS designations
NPS meeting
Tom Thomas (standing), with the National Park Service (NPS) planning service center in Denver, explains the study process for the Battle of Camden site and History Camden Revolutionary War Site as potential NPS units. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Government officials, historic site representatives, preservationists, business owners and history buffs crowded into the Robert Mills Courthouse in downtown Camden for two public meetings Wednesday all in support of an effort to designate two historic sites as units within the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). “This is an amazing show of public interest,” said Tom Thomas, of the NPS’ planning service center in Denver during the first session at 2 p.m.; a second session was held at 6 p.m. Thanks to a bill passed in Congress in 2010, Thomas and his staff were authorized to conduct a study to determine if the Battle of Camden site on Flat Rock Road and Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on South Broad Street should achieve national park status. Thomas said while the NPS is studying the two sites together, they will receive separate recommendations within the agency’s report.