Camden, SC (CAM)
Camden, seat of Kershaw County and the oldest existing inland town in the state of South Carolina, was originally part of a township plan ordered by King George II of England in 1730.
1060 West Dekalb Street
Camden, SC 29020
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 3,483
- Facility Ownership: CSXT
- Parking Lot Ownership: CSXT
- Platform Ownership: CSXT
- Track Ownership: CSXT
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The Seaboard Air Line depot used by Amtrak was built in 1937 by the Wadesboro Construction Company as a combination depot, meaning that it included passenger and freight functions under one roof. Construction was necessitated by the need for a larger facility to accommodate increased passenger volumes.
The $30,000 structure was modeled after the railroad’s Williamsburg, Va., depot, which was designed in the then quite fashionable Colonial Revival style. Camden’s version features red brick construction, quoins at the corners, keystones over the windows and doorways and a gabled roof. Each gable features a pediment with inset medallion. Trackside, a projecting bay with windows allowed the station master to monitor traffic up and down the rail line.
In 2000, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its design integrity and importance to the development of the community. Amtrak invested $2.48 million for ADA and state-of-good repair improvements in 2015 to restore the depot. The work included the station and canopy roofs, doors, windows, sidewalks, signage, waiting room, rest rooms, new exterior lighting, and resurfacing of the parking lot. At the same time, the city resurfaced and streetscaped the driveway and installed new lighting leading to the parking lot.
Camden, seat of Kershaw County and the oldest existing inland town in the state of South Carolina, was originally part of a township plan ordered by King George II of England in 1730. The frontier township, once called Fredericksburg, did not really take hold until Joseph Kershaw established a store there in 1758, renaming the township Pine Tree Hill. Kershaw later suggested that the town be renamed Camden, in honor of Lord Camden, a champion of colonial rights.
May of 1780 brought the American Revolution to Charleston, and after Charleston fell, Lord Cornwallis and his troops marched to Camden, and routed the forces of General Horatio Gates about six miles north of the town on August 16, 1780. The Battle of Camden was the worst American defeat of the Revolution. This allowed the establishment of the main British supply post for the Southern campaign. The second battle of Camden, between General Nathaniel Greene’s 1,400 soldiers and 950 troops under Lord Francis Rawdon, on April 25, 1781, led to British withdrawal from Camden.
Camden was not directly involved in the American Civil War, though its native sons participated: six Confederate generals came from Camden.
In the early twentieth century, Camden became a place where wealthy northern families wintered. The town became associated with equestrian activities, and is home to the third oldest active polo field in America. Camden also hosts two large steeplechases every year, the Carolina Cup and the Colonial Cup. Thus, Kershaw County styles itself the “Steeplechase Capital of the World.” The Carolina Cup was organized in 1930 and has been held every year since then, except for 1943 and 1945.
Historic Camden maintains a Revolutionary war battlefields and museum. There are also over 60 antebellum historical sites as well as a Camden Archives and Museum, which is housed in the Carnegie Library. Built in 1915, the library provides a fine example of Greek revival architecture.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at the Camden station, which is served by two daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 30 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.