Camden is located in Kershaw County
, of which it is the county seat. Camden is situated just northeast of Columbia
between Great Falls and Sumter
along Highway 521 on the banks of the Wateree River near Wateree Lake. Camden is one of the state's oldest inland cities.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 6,254, a decrease of 442 since 1990.
The 24-mile drive northeast to Camden, via I-20 and U.S. 521, takes you straight back to this nation's beginnings. Founded by Irish Quakers in 1751, it's the state's oldest inland town. During the Revolutionary War, 14 battles raged within a 30-mile radius here. Historic relics are everywhere you look. Camden is also known for the training of fine Thoroughbred horses. Camden is home to the Colonial Cup Steeplechase. Also located in Camden is Historic Camden, a Revolutionary War park affiliated with the National Park Service. The park boasts exhibits and tours are given daily.