Camden, AR Chamber of Commerce

The Camden Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve as the community development organization that represents most of Ouachita County and the western part of Calhoun County in Arkansas. The Chamber recognizes the unique potential that our area possesses for growth in tourism, industry and business, and works with local firms and organizations to help capitalize on these abundant opportunities.

Take some time and browse this publication. The information will make you familiar with the richness of our area. If you have any questions concerning tourism or relocation to the area and you can’t find the answer here, feel free to call, visit our website, or e-mail us for more information.

This Community Profile and Membership Directory contains a wealth of information on our area, but no publication can compare to experiencing the Camden area for yourself. Whether you are interested in visiting our festivals or historic sites in the area or are looking for a place to start your business, come on down. We have a place for you!

Mission Statement

The Camden Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to assisting its members by planning, coordinating and conducting activities that promote a growing economy, thereby, fostering expansion of business and industry, enhancing quality of life and providing a positive community image. Beth Osteen Camden Area Chamber of Commerce

Our Rich History Preserved

Thanks to caring citizens, much of Camden’s history has been preserved and many of the Antebellum homes restored. Visitors don’t want to miss our Historic Downtown District, as well as the Historic Clifton-Greening Street District, the Washington Street Historic District, the restored Missouri Pacific Depot, the many Civil War landmarks, and the more than 20 historic houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of these homes is open as a bed and breakfast lodge while the McCollum-Chidester House serves as a museum with history dating back as far as 1847.

Camden actually was born in 1824 as a steamboat landing where cotton was loaded and shipped to New Orleans. In fact, the Bluff, as it was known, was one of the leading cotton-shipping terminals and became the site of a cotton gin in 1841, launching Camden’s industrial history.

The McCollum-Chidester House was a place where stagecoach drivers and traveling visitors found rest, refreshment and gracious hospitality in the days before the Civil War. The house is practically unchanged, as visitors can view original furnishings, mementos and bullet holes in the upstairs walls.

The town certainly has seen a fair share of famous individuals passing through its history. Nineteenth century writer Edgar Allen Poe worked as a printer for the local newspaper, The Herald, in 1845. More recently, parts of John Jakesâ “The North and the South” made-for-television mini-series, were filmed at the McCollum-Chidester House. Kirstie Alley and Patrick Swayze were two favorites of the locals. Camdenites were extras in the scenes filmed here. Martin Scorcese directed his first movie, Box Car Bertha, featuring Barbara Hershey and David Carradine in Camden as well.