Welcome to Camden
Welcome to Camden, the seat of Benton County, rests practically on the shores of Kentucky Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River. This is a bustling small town where business, industry, tourism and agriculture form a well balanced economy. The surrounding countryside is a patchwork of fertile farms and fields of grazing livestock.
Camden is served by State Highway 69 as well as U.S. Highways 70 and 641. Kentucky Lake is a recreational paradise with great boating, tubing and canoeing and awesome fishing for crappie, bluegill, catfish and lots of bass. Golf aficionados will want to visit the Magic Valley Golf Course, the Tennessean Golf Club and, the Paris Landing State Park Golf Course.
There's even more to explore in Camden and Benton County. Contact us today for more information on our area and the properties we have available. We'll help you discover the home you never knew you always wanted.
A Little History of Benton County
The Chickasaw Indians were the first to claim future Benton County for themselves. They used the land as a hunting range. After the Jackson Purchase, settlers from Virginia, the Carolinas and other eastern states promptly arrived.
Benton County was officially formed from the western section of Humphreys County in 1835, and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a senator who championed westward expansion.
Camden was established in 1836 and was named after Camden, South Carolina. During the Civil War, the loyalty in Camden and much of Benton County laid primarily with the Confederacy, although a Unionist element was also present.
In November of 1864, Confederate troops under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest destroyed the Union supply depot at Johnsonville. It was because of this event that, in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps expanded upon a local historic park at Pilot Knob to create the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.