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Welcome to Camden!

On behalf of the citizens of our fine community, welcome to Camden. We hope you have a wonderful visit. Camden is located in southern Preble County, conveniently at the corner of highways 127 and 725.  We are a wonderful, laid-back small town with easy access to Oxford, Hamilton, Dayton and Cincinnati.

A friendly community, Camden is home to several businesses and employers, a strong school district, churches, parks, community services and a hard-working, dedicated citizenry. Please look around our website, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.  Enjoy your visit!

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Camden was recently featured on the “History in our own Backyard” series. This video highlights some of Camden’s interesting history.

Camden Bicentennial 2018

Camden was established in 1818 and we are very excited to be celebrating our 200th birthday throughout the 2018 year!  We’ve held events throughout the year, and the main celebration took place on Saturday, September 1, 2018.  We aren’t finished yet, though!  There will be several more fun things happening before the year is up.

Please visit our Bicentennial page here on the website for  information about all the events this year, and visit our Camden Bicentennial 2018 Facebook page for more info and fun & interesting stories about Camden’s rich history.

New Bicentennial and Camden historical Books for Sale!!

The new “Bicentennial Book” and the “Restaurants, Hotels, Taverns and Boarding Houses of Camden” books are fresh off the printing presses and now for sale!

The Bicentennial Book was researched, written and printed by our friends at the Camden Archives. and is photograph-driven, mostly color photos accompanied by researched text. It focuses on Camden’s history–particularly businesses– in the time since the Sesquicentennial Booklet was printed in 1968. The book took a lot of time and work, but was a “labor of love” for the women at the Archives.

The Restaurants, Hotels, Taverns and Boarding Houses of Camden was researched and written by Camden Archivist Janice Blevins and focuses on just what the title implies.  What a wonderful history of interesting information about Camden’s glorious past.

The cost of each book is $20, with all proceeds to benefit the Camden Archives.

Both books can be purchased at the Camden Archives or the Village offices in the Town Hall and at the Camden Public Library. They will also have books for sale at Camden’s October 20-21 Black Walnut Festival.

Thank you ladies of the Archives for these books and all you do to preserve Camden’s rich and interesting history.

Black Walnut Festival

Join us for a fun time at the 31st annual Camden Black Walnut Festival. There will be crafts, antiques, vendors, lots of food, entertainment, events and more.  Check here to find out more.

Historic Town Hall Renovation

The Town Hall was built in 1889 and was renovated and re-opened in 2017.  Long a prominent building and the center of activity in town, it had been damaged extensively by a fire in 1988.  The picture on the left above was taken in the early 1900s.  The middle and right photo are architect’s rendering for renovation planning.  

This photo on the left is the town hall today.  The building currently houses the Village Offices, Police Department and Camden Archives. When the second phase of renovations is complete, the building will house a large banquet/activity room on the third floor which will be used for special occasions. We are so pleased that the building has been renovated and restored to its original beauty and can once again serve as a meeting and gathering place for the community.

See photos of the renovation.