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A Winter Vacation of the Past

This past summer, we featured travel and vacation related items, including ones about express steamers, a beach hotel, and a lake resort.  Each month this winter, we will do the same.  But this time we will feature winter vacation related items.  This month, we are featuring a 1906 brochure about The Court Inn.


Court Inn, Camden, SC.  Brochure, 1906, The Court Inn.


The Court Inn was a winter resort located in Camden, South Carolina.  The resort, which accommodated about 200 guests, opened each year on Thanksgiving Day.  The 1906 Brochure described the resort as having "every modern comfort and convenience, including electric lights, steam heat and open fireplaces, call bells, and bath-rooms, both public and private."

The resort had a lot of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy.  In front of the hotel, there was a garden with flowers and shrubs.  A five hundred foot long arched evergreen walkway and the Grove of Towering Pines was also located on the grounds.  Other outdoor activities included fishing and boating at a nearby lake, playing polo, and playing golf at the nearby Sarsfield Golf Club.

This 1906 Brochure about The Court Inn can be found in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library.  Take a look at the Galaxy of Images to see more pages from this brochure.

Check back in January and February to read about other winter vacation resorts of the past!

-Alexia MacClain


  1. Carmine Norberg

    Thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

  2. Beth Munn

    If you choose to believe, there is also a ghost story that most locals know about the Court Inn.

    • Melanie

      My sister lives in one of the houses on the lot where the Court Inn once stood. When she first moved in there were some very strange goings on that could not be explained. After living there a while, the activity stopped. Also, a couple of houses down from her, there is another house that has been rumored to be haunted since I can remember.

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