Camden County Tourism
Historic Travel Sites
ABOUT HISTORIC CAMDEN COUNTY
Historic Camden County was formed in 1777 and was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord of Camden. The historic Camden Jailhouse is a two story brick structure, rebuilt after a fire in 1910, and home to our county museum. The Camden Courthouse was built in 1856, in the Greek Revival Style, and is still in use today for county business.
The historic Dismal Swamp Canal opened in 1805 and is the oldest continually operating man-made canal in the United States. The canal is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has been designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark and is part of the North Carolina and Virginia Civil War Trail. It is also recognized as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and today is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
The Battle of South Mills was fought to destroy this important supply link during the Civil War. The Dismal Swamp provided a formidable refuge for runaway slaves and later notorious moonshiners, who hid their recreational enterprises in the deep, vine covered canopies. Logging history also took place in this vast expanse of Atlantic White Cedars.
Today the Dismal Swamp State Park provides exhibits and Ranger programs to educate the public about its colorful past!