In just five years, Americans nationwide will celebrate our founders’ successful fight for independence. And South Carolinians have every right to feel especially proud of their ancestors’ role in this extraordinary accomplishment.
While history buffs are aware, few others are focused on the critical role that South Carolina – especially the Camden area – played in that fight for independence. But one team of individuals has set out to change that, creating numerous ways for individuals to understand and celebrate our fight for freedom.
Historic Camden Foundation (which operates an interpretive center on the original site of the Camden settlement) is literally paving the way to recognition. The foundation’s new commemorative brick program invites individuals, families, or organizations to purchase an engraved brick that helps lay the Liberty Path on the historic site.
The path will connect the interpretive center to the new Revolutionary War Visitor Center, which is scheduled to open later this summer. The complex is designed to educate visitors about the pivotal role Camden/Kershaw County and South Carolinians played in the war.
Every brick is an investment in celebrating and preserving our state’s remarkable history.
Fired in the Colonial style by a Carolinas-based company, the commemorative bricks and pavers range in size and price, accommodating various message sizes. Each is laser engraved, and when laid down will connect the Foundation to the new Visitor Center. (The program was inspired in part by a similar effort to commemorate the Olympic Games in Atlanta’s Centennial Park.)
The Liberty Path is one physical manifestation of a larger program, the Liberty Trail. Supported by the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust and the American Battlefield Trust, the Liberty Trail connects the places where a diverse collection of individuals came together to fight for independence.
Consider visiting Historic Camden and the new center this year, and even if you can’t come, consider securing your own piece of history on the Liberty Path.