The county dates to 1777 as a political entity and was named after Charles Pratt, Earl of Camden. Pratt was an outspoken proponent of home rule for the colonies when he was the Lord Chancellor of England. Camden County was the second county created in Georgia.
The county is home to beautiful Cumberland Island. The ruins of Dungeness, the nineteenth century mansion of the family of Andrew Carnegie, are on the island. Largely owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the island is accessible only by boat or plane. Nevertheless, Cumberland Island has almost 40,000 visitors annually.
Camden County is also the site of the Kings Bay Submarine Base, home of the Trident Nuclear Submarine. Employment associated with construction of the base made Camden County the fastest growing county in the state in the 1980s.
The Crawfish Festival is celebrated annually in Woodbine and the Catfish Festival is held Labor Day weekend in Kingsland. St. Marys hosts the annual Rock Shrimp Festival.
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