McCaa Tavern


Dr. John McCaa (1793-1859), a native and prominent physician of Camden, used this residence, circa 1800, as his office. Originally located near the Mills Courthouse on Broad Street, the house was transported to the site on a flat-bed truck in 1991. It was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beard.

Architecturally, the clapboard house is a transitional design between Georgian and Federal styles and not common for the area.

In 2015 the building was restored and furnished as a late 18th century Carolina Backcountry tavern (Dr. McCaa’s father, John McCaa, owned one of Camden’s early inns located on Market Street in 1794).

McCaa Tavern c.1795 is the only 18th C. multi-room tavern restoration in South Carolina. John McCaa was one of 17 tavern owners in the Camden area in the 18th century and his son, Dr. John McCaa, used this building as a physician office and residence in the early 19th Century. Today, it has been lovingly restored to interpret the importance of “public houses” in Colonial Camden that served not only as a “modern tavern,” (a place to eat and drink), but as a place where a traveler could sleep, church services could be held before churches were built, circuit courts were held before courthouses were constructed, and a cultural crossroads for exchange of news, ideas, and later, where revolutionary thoughts were shared. In addition to a museum exhibit, the tavern may be privately rented as a unique historic venue boasting two usable fireplaces, a caterer’s kitchen and functioning 18th C. styled cage bar, created by local craftsman Stephen Clyburn of recovered 18th and 19th C. heart pine building timbers. McCaa’s Tavern affords your private party to be surrounded by 18th century charm while enjoying 21st Century amenities such as indoor plumbing and central air conditioning! Visit out our rental page for specifics.Historic Camden also utilizes McCaa’s Tavern to host a variety of differently themed “Tavern Nights,” allowing guests a memorable and immersive 18th C. that are listed on our events page.