City Directories and History: One of the two 18th century houses remaining in Camden, this one room house is a fine example of post-Revolutionary architecture. It was built by John Craven, a bachelor, possibly for use as an office. Colonial Georgian in style, the interior detail includes paneling, pickled mahogany wainscoting and a handsome proportioned mantlepiece. This home originally stood at 816 Mill Street. He was a very important gentleman in Camden’s history, in that he not only built this nice dwelling but also served as a manager for non other than, Mr. Joseph Kershaw. Unfortunately, in the early 19th century he was sued by “the committee for John Craven, a lunatic.” Much of the interior paint and woodwork are original.
Joseph Kershaw’s will dated May 8, 1788 states, “To my friend John Craven, I leave an annuity of 20 pounds to be paid out of my estate in hopes that he will at all times assist my children in the settlement of any intricate account in my books, or any other matter they might call upon him for in the adjustment of may affairs. He being the only person I know capable of acting in this line. His honesty, integrity, and ability I have sufficiently expressed.”
The house was given to Historic Camden by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lloyd, founders of the Camden District Heritage Foundation and moved to Historic Camden for preservation in 1970. Mr. Lloyd was well-known for his many philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the community.
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