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Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gaol

 
 
Goal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
1. Goal Marker
Inscription. On this corner stood the gaol, built in 1771 and burned in 1812. During the Revolution the British imprisoned in it many American soldiers and civilians. Among them, after his capture near the Waxhaws, was the boy Andrew Jackson, later seventh President. He is said to have watched the Battle of Hobkirk Hill through a hole he cut in the wall of the gaol's second story.
 
Erected 1958 by Kershaw County Historical Society and the City of Camden. (Marker Number 28-5.)
 
Location. 34° 14.364′ N, 80° 36.378′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on Broad Street (State Highway 521), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Camden Courthouse and Gaol (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Joseph Kershaw's Tomb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nothwest Redoubt (approx. 0.3 miles away); Northeast Redoubt (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Common (approx. 0.3 miles away); King Haiglar Tower
Goal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
2. Goal Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Southern Campaign, Dec 1778 - Aug 1780 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Southern Campaign, Aug 1780 - Apr 1781 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Robert Mills Courthouse (now Chamber of Commerce) image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, February 16, 2010
3. Robert Mills Courthouse (now Chamber of Commerce)
Designed in 1825 by "South Carolina's Architect", Robert Mills and completed in 1827, the courthouse features a copper roof, brick floors, vaulted central hallway, double arched ceilings downstairs, and vestiges of its original radiant heat systems. Built to be fireproof, the walls of the structure are 22-inch thick masonry at the base covered by plaster, tapering to about fifteen inches thick at the second floor. The courtroom is restored to conform to an 1845 renovation, when wide pine plank floors were installed to cover the second story brick floor. The judge's bench and witness stand are as Mills designed them. The original ornate woodwork is visible above period silk and damask window treatments.
Robert Mills Courthouse (Camden Courthouse) image. Click for full size.
By Melissa Roberts, May 2, 2010
4. Robert Mills Courthouse (Camden Courthouse)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3. submitted on February 17, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina.   4. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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