Camden County was formed in 1777 from part of Pasquotank County. The county is the first and only consolidated city-county in the state. It is divided into the townships of South Mills, Shiloh and the Courthouse Township of Camden. The county was named after Sir Charles Pratt, the First Earl of Camden.
Over the course of a year Camden experiences 213 sunny days while receiving 50 inches of rain. During the summer, the average high temperature is near 90. Low temperatures typically fall into the 30s in the winter, but snowfall is minimal with just three inches annually.
History plays a significant role in Camden County still today with seven historical markers throughout the county including the Battle of South Mills and McBride Church. Additionally, the Camden County Courthouse, Camden County Jail, Lamb-Ferebee House and Milford are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Camden is home to annual events like Paddle for the Border, TarWheel Century and HollyDays. Hiking, biking, birding, paddling and photography opportunities are offered at the Dismal Swamp Canal and State Park. The canal, completed in 1805, is the oldest, hand-dug waterway in the country still in use today. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy Pettigrew State Park, the Pasquotank River and the NC beaches of Nags Head, Hatteras and Corolla. The Albemarle Sound is a unique mix of recreation and wildlife habitat.
Schools in Camden County include Grandy Primary School, Camden Intermediate School, Camden Middle School, Camden County High School and CamTech High School. Accessible higher education includes Elizabeth City State University, College of the Albemarle and Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is a 182-bed, full-service facility providing critical care, sophisticated diagnostic imaging technology, cardiology, rehabilitation services and more. The hospital’s medical staff of more than 100 physicians represents nearly 30 specialties.
A location along the Intracoastal Waterway near Hampton Roads, Norfolk International Airport and the Port of Virginia makes Camden County a desirable business setting. This diverse county includes a thriving Camden Eco-Industrial Park, retail growth and an increasing population earning one of the highest household incomes in the state.