Camden Archives & Museum

With both permanent and loaned collections on display, the Camden Archives & Museum is always an enriching experience. The exhibit Little Brown Dog takes a look at the development of the Boykin Spaniel in the early 20th century and at the breed’s growth in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s.  The resulting popularity of Camden’s own “little brown dog” culminated in the organization of the Boykin Spaniel Society in 1977 and in the Boykin Spaniel’s adoption as South Carolina’s state dog in 1985.

“This is the very first exhibit about how it all began,” says Katherine Richardson, Executive Director. "Visitors can let Dumpy, the original Boykin Spaniel, take you on a tour through time. “Meet the original Boykin studs and fall in love all over again with the Little Brown Dog!”

The exhibit features photographs and documents from the Boykin Spaniel Society as well as the original conformation platform used to verify that each dog met the breed standard. 

Also part of the display is a model of a ‘section boat’. Designed by Edward Richardson “Toot” Sanders (1845-1922) for hunting in the Wateree River swamps, section boats consist of three pieces which fit within each other for ease of transportation.  Each section could also be used as a one-person boat.  The Boykin Spaniel’s size made them ideal hunting dogs as they could enter and exit the small boats without “rocking the boat.”

South Carolina’s Little Brown Dog will be on exhibit through September 4th, 2015. Admission is free. The Camden Archives & Museum is located at 1314 Broad Street in Camden. For more information, please call 803-425-6050.