Those of us who live in Camden are lucky enough to be surrounded by history in almost every corner of our town. Camden has been built by experts in their fields who have left us with their treasures scattered throughout the area.
For example, our much-loved Camden Harbor Park was designed by the Olmsted brothers who, after inheriting the nation’s first landscape architecture business from their father Frederick Law Olmsted (who designed Central Park), went on to play an influential role in creating the National Park Service and were among the founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Camden’s amphitheater was designed by Fletcher Steele, a landscape architect who designed over 700 gardens in his lifetime.
The Camden Yacht Club was established by Cyrus Curtis, founder of Curtis Publishing Company, which published the Ladies’ Home Journal (Cyrus’s wife Louisa Knapp was the original editor) and the Saturday Evening Post. Curtis also found Curtis-Martin Newspapers, Inc. which controlled several newspapers including the Public Ledger, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Evening Post.
History has carried so many great names through our humble town, many of them leaving their mark for us to enjoy. If you haven’t yet experienced the rich history Camden has to offer, come see for yourself.