City Directories and History: Camden’s father, Mr. Joseph Kershaw was a highly successful merchant-banker in Camden well before the American Revolution showed up in his community. The original home on this site, was constructed on the eve of the American Revolution, and served as the headquarters of British General Lord Cornwallis while he was in Camden. Cornwallis knew that Kershaw had considerable influence in the area and banished Kershaw to Bermuda until following the American Revolution. Due to his extensive financial support of the American Revolution, which was not reimbursed to him by the government, his family lost title to this property in 1805, following Mr. Kershaw’s death on December 28, 1791.
During the Confederacy it was empty and served as a storehouse. The home eventually burned and was accurately reconstructed in 1976.
Also visit the sites at Historic Camden’s Revolutionary Park under their title or at 222 Broad Street. HISTORIC CAMDEN IS A PUBLIC RESTORATION – PARK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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