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Camden, South Carolina: Three Days of History, Horses and a Train

Day 1

  • Arrive in Camden in the late afternoon. Check in to a hotel before having dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, catch a fine performance at the Fine Arts Center.

Day 2

  • 10 a.m. Begin the day with a guided tour of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House. The site offers a view of Colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period. Events include Revolutionary War Field Days in November with crafts, living history demonstrations, and regimental drills.
  • 11:30 a.m. Next, take a guided tour of The Sporting Life Gallery. Housed in the historic Robert Mills Courthouse, this gallery explores the history of the sporting life and its effects on the area.
  • 12:30 p.m. For lunch, enjoy some “good-eatin’” at a local restaurant.
  • 2:15 p.m. Continue to the Steeplechase Racing Museum for a guided tour. A viewing stand accommodates visitors for early morning thoroughbred workouts. The museum is on the grounds of Springdale Race Course and features the story of steeplechase racing through exhibits.
  • 3 p.m. Take an escorted motorcoach tour of Camden, the state's oldest inland city. The city offers an appealing small-town lifestyle with irresistible charm.
  • Then spend some time on-your-own shopping in Camden's Art and Antique District, one of the largest around. Explore the quaint Camden shops and enjoy real Southern hospitality before returning to the hotel to relax before dinner.
  • 6:30 p.m. Tonight's dinner consists of fine upscale dining at the Mill Pond Restaurant at Boykin.

Day 3

  • 9:45 a.m. Return to Historic Boykin for a guided tour. See grits ground at the restored mill or watch as brooms are hand-made on 100-year-old original equipment at the Broom Place, former slave quarters.
  • Noon Have lunch at the Boykin Company Grille, connected to the General Store.
  • 1:15 p.m. Depart for Ridgeway. Visit the R.H. Lee Company, in their newly renovated (c. early 1900s) auction gallery. They offer a spacious, fully climate-controlled gallery with a uniqueness that compliments their many fine antiques and furnishings. If you are fortunate, you may even get to share in the excitement of a real-live auction. Participate in the action, or just watch as others make their bids and selections.
  • 3:00 p.m. Board the coach to head out to the South Carolina Railroad Museum for a tour. Walk through the cars and envisions the ritzy lifestyle enjoyed by those who rode the rails a century or so ago. On your way out of town, you will receive a driving tour of Ridgeway. Traditionally a scenic short-cut to the beach, a step-on guide will provide your group with a driving tour of the town. Included are the old police station—the smallest on record—which now houses the Visitor’s Center, Ridgeway’s Century House which served as headquarters for Confederate General Pierre G.T. Beauregard after the fall of Columbia to Sherman’s Army, and more.
  • 4:30 p.m. You will return to Ridgeway for dinner, but before the table is set, there is time to do some more shopping on your own. Choose from quaint stores that sell custom-made jewelry, antiques, stained glass, handmade soaps, or spend your time walking up and down the aisles of an old-fashioned mercantile and hardware store. Wow. That will being back memories! 5:30 pm. Enjoy a traditional dinner with a local flair at one of Ridgeway’s restaurants before returning to your hotel in Camden.

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