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Meet the Innkeepers

Inspected and Recommended by Select Registry and the South Carolina B&B Association.

Katherine Lemay Brown
Katherine is a retired USAF Colonel and a 25 year career military officer with over 17 years experience in the protocol/hospitality service industry. She has served as the director of protocol for four four-star general officers and as a protocol officer to two other four-star general officers. Her duties included event planning and management, strategic political-military planning; lodging; menu selection; provision of entertainment; transportation; and, security. She has been responsible for conducting visits by the President and Vice-President of the United States, the Queen of England, senior military officers of all Services and Foreign Nations, to include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senators, Congressmen, and Governors to name just a few. She also has military experience in administration, budget and finance, intelligence and communications.

Highlights of her career include being a member of the Commission for Women in Combat, a senior fellow at the Library of Congress, and Commander of the Air Force Element in the Defense Intelligence Agency. Katherine Brown holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Language Arts from Arkansas State University and a Masters’ Degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Protocol, and is a certified protocol/civility instructor. She trained with Chef Victor Matthews of the Paragon Culinary School. Katherine is Chairman of the City of Camden Accommodation Tax Commission and is on the Board of Advisors, Camden Military Academy.

Dr. Bruce Brown
Bruce is a retired Colonel, USAF. With an Air Force career that spanned 26 years, he served primarily as a B-52 instructor pilot, Air Staff officer, and Commander of the 15th Wing at Hickam AFB, HI. While on active duty he also served as a protocol officer, aid-de-camp, special assistant, and executive officer to three different four star general officers both in the Air Force and the Army. While in these positions he was responsible for official visitations, Congressional interaction, and budgetary issues. He has conducted visits/conferences that have included the President of the United States, the Queen of England, Secretary of Defense, Senators, and Congressmen. His expertise was further recognized when he was appointed to the United States negotiating team under President George H. W. Bush for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) with the former Soviet Union. His two years in Geneva, Switzerland were well spent with the culmination of the treaty while serving as the U.S. editor and point of contact with the Soviet Union’s representative.

Upon his retirement, Dr. Brown entered industry and served as the senior business developer for the western United States for MTC Technologies. The corporation grew from $70 million a year business to in excess of $400 million and during the journey made its initial public offering. During the past eight years he has served on the University of Phoenix staff as an instructor in their MBA and Doctoral programs. Presently, he is co-owner of Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, SC. He and his wife were recognized for the second time by Bed and as the Innkeepers of the Year for the United States.

Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Louisiana Tech University, and a PhD from Walden University. Bruce serves as a Regional Director for the South Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association and was appointed to the Historic Landmarks Commission by the City of Camden.

Miss Kitty StrayMiss Kitty Stray
In December 2010, a beautiful and well kept, orange/white cat decided that the veranda of Bloomsbury Inn was a perfect new home.  She came with no baggage and was very determined to stay.  Believing she must belong to someone who was missing her, she was listed with the shelter, posted on Facebook and advised to vets.

December came and went; Miss Kitty Stray remained on the veranda.  We were not feeding Miss Kitty Stray; she continued to make Bloomsbury her home.  In January, following a rare, severe freeze, Miss Kitty had nothing to eat and no natural water sources.  The rest is history.  Miss Kitty Stray, the Bloomsbury Inn cat, is now a full member of the Bloomsbury Team -- she doesn't like the fact that she can not come in the house.

Innkeeper Message
Welcome to Bloomsbury! Welcome to our home!

Sensational in every season – Bloomsbury is to be enjoyed every day to the fullest!  We can not think of a better time to visit Camden SC, Kershaw County and the surrounding areas.  With the initial concept of Bloomsbury, we wanted a big ole’ white house (BWH) which would be continually filled with the joy of visitors from the world over.   In the eight years that we have been here, you have done just that -- filled our home with joy.  We want you ... to arrive to a spotlessly clean home, located on beautifully manicured grounds .... to enjoy the smell of fresh baked cookies and bread ... to say “wow” when you enter your selected bed chamber ... to be comfortable anywhere inside or out, as you experience the gracious hospitality of the deep South.  We want you to be pampered with comfort and relaxation!

In South Carolina, we are enjoying beautiful weather.  Even winter, when it can be a little cold, is a great time to visit!   We know the calendar reads Spring, but we have a few more cold days/nights before we really enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.  There are so many things to do and see in historic Camden, you may find that a one night stay does not allow you time enough to explore and enjoy it all.  If you did not receive the sample itinerary when you made your reservation, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We will e-mail it straight away.

We make every endeavor to exceed your bed and breakfast expectations. We have planned for a safe, luxurious experience to enhance your visit.  If we miss even the smallest of details, please let us know. The BWH was conceived and is designed to have you arrive as guests and depart as friends.

Bloomsbury…Home Again,
Bruce, Katherine and Miss Kitty Stray (our outside Inncat)

P.S. (a note from Miss Kitty Stray)  I try to greet each arriving guest, but if I miss your arrival, I promise that I will be on the front verandah at 5:30 pm each day.