Just below the fall line and near the Congaree River is located the town of Cameron. Known for many years by those traveling along U.S. Highway 176, as “that pretty little town” between Columbia and Charleston, Cameron residents strive to present well kept homes and beautiful gardens.
The 2000 U.S. Census revealed that Cameron is making it one of the wealthier towns in South Carolina. A large, stable middle class is one of the strengths of the community. Residents can be proud that Cameron is the home to a large number of college graduates. Cameron is also known as a safe rural community with a lower crime rate than the average state level.
Although the population has decreased in recent years, with approximately 450 residents in the town, there are a number of large farms with historic homes located within a few miles of the town limit. There are many homes on land grant properties that have housed the same families for multiple generations. One home, the Ulmer-Summers House (1750-1799), is on the National Register of Historical Places. These homes and the many churches around the community make for a pleasant leisurely drive.
Cameron is known for its agricultural economic basis. The main industries within the town are Cameron Mattress Factory, Cameron Cotton and Seed Company, Carolina Peanut, and Golden Kernel Pecan Company.
The Old Cameron School Auditorium is the home of the Calhoun Players, a group that produces plays for the public. There is also a large facility for Little League games, tennis courts, and a meeting room in the same vicinity. On a daily basis, though, folks enjoy the afternoons sitting on their porches with family and friends.
The Station located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 176 and U.S. Highway 33 is a great stop for a refreshing drink, a delicious hot dog, and a chance to meet the local residents.
Cameron is truly a “pretty little town”.
The town of Cameron is governed under a Council/Manager format. The Mayor and four council members are elected to serve four-year terms.
- Location: 212 Boyce Lawton Dr.
- Mailing Address: PO Box 672, Cameron, SC 29030
- Telephone: 803-823-2145 Fax: 803-823-2288
- Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
- Town Hall, 1st Mondays of every month, 7:00pm
- Open Agenda
- Mayor: Russ Middleton 803-823-2697
- Linda Godwin 803-823-2641
- Amanda Jenkins 803-823-2931
- John O. Wesner, III 803-823-2555
- Mona Summers 803-823-2081
- Town Clerk/ Treasurer: Kathy Wiles 803-823-2145
- Police Chief: Chris Hales 803-823-2145