Camden County has a new tourism website

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Shown here is image from Camden County's new tourism promotion website.

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CAMDEN – Say, are you a tourist or a visitor interested in taking in the sights and sounds of Camden County? Do you need information about where to go and what you can do?

Now there’s an online tool to help travelers planning a sight-seeing visit to the county, thanks to the launching of www.visitcamdencountync.com recently.

"We think it is a really attractive website," said Donna Stewart, who directs the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and who's doubling as chairwoman of the Camden Tourism Development Authority Board.

Stewart said the website was launched prior to the board's meeting in mid-July and said, “We're still tweaking things.”

Nonetheless, Stewart is excited and touts the website as having quite a lot to offer.

The site plays up Camden being home to the Dismal Swamp, a riverside culture, the Camden Heritage Museum and Historic Jail, eateries, small shops and vast agri-business operations.

The site includes links to Camden's governmental website, as well as to an image of a tourist-friendly map of Camden and brochure-style information about the county, Dismal Swamp, the county's African-American heritage and the county’s history in the Civil War.

Additionally, the website offers links to the Dismal Swamp State Park and the Dismal Swamp welcome center, as well as information about numerous boat ramps, businesses, farmers markets, marinas, parks and recreation sites and shops.

Stewart said because Camden is a small community and doesn't have a Camden-based chamber of commerce, the tourism development authority board decided the website could include businesses that may not necessarily be considered “tourist businesses.”

Also, the website offers links to the tourism sites in Elizabeth City as well as in Currituck, Dare, Perquimans and Chowan counties.

Asked who came up with the idea for the website, she said the tourism development authority made the decision.

"We (the board) had discussed it and we felt it would be advantageous to have a visible presence other than the Camden County site," Stewart said.

Stewart said she and fellow board members decided to have a professional photographer, Jeff Byrd, spend a day in the county taking pictures for the website, with family and friends and children of Camden staffers playing the parts of those enjoying the county.

The weather and the time of year accommodated Byrd capturing many high-quality images for the website, Stewart said.

For further information, phone 771-8333.