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Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Description - One of the finest examples of Georgian architecture is represented in the Hampton Plantation. Adjacent to the Santee River, this 322-acre property was once the centerpiece of a coastal rice plantation. The mansion last served as the home of Archibald Rutledge, noted writer and South Carolina's first poet laureate. Its halls have welcomed famous patriots, soldiers, and politicians for more than 250 years. Hampton continues to welcome visitors. The mansion's interior, purposely left unfurnished, highlights the structure's architectural and construction details, while the grounds provide opportunities to examine the wildlife of the Carolina Low-country. Hampton Plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as a National Historic Landmark.

Tours of the historic home are available daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tours are available Thursday through Monday the remainder of the year, and by appointment. Contact the park for more information and exact times. Dogwood and Holly trails offer an easy 2 1/2 mile hiking loop. Visitors enjoy fishing in nearby Wambaw Creek for catfish, largemouth bass. A picnic shelter is available free on a first-come, first-served basis or can be reserved for a fee.

Recreation - Hampton Plantation offers opportunities for viewing and touring this historic site, picnicking, fishing and hiking.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer.

Location - Hampton Plantation is located in eastern South Carolina, between Charleston and Georgetown. The park sits 16 miles southwest of Georgetown, off US 17.

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Filed By: Miss Kathleen
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I was awe struck. The Mansion, tucked away off US 17 beckoned. Perhaps it was the perfume of the Wisteria vine in full bloom that drew me in that April morning. Little did I know an ancient garden of azalea and camilia awaited me as a walked around the Mansion. I could only peek in the window as it was closed for tours that day but I collected the spilled brochures that a breeze had scattered. A big bumble bee flew by to see that I was performing a good deed. The joggling board on the front porch is a fine example of both regional amusement and craftsmanship. I had the good fortune of visiting on a work day though --the ranger who interprets the site was on hand to answer a few questions as minor repairs were made to the bathroom facilities. Bring a hand towel or hand sanitizer to any SC park. The enclosed pavillion for picnic lunches was most appreciated. That Spring day in April was a perfect opportunity to see Hampton Plantation blooming with her Easter floral display. Had I done the tour that day perhaps I would not have spent as much time wandering the grounds to see and marvel at it all. We had just been in Savannah the day before admiring flowers and the squares of urban life. What an interesting juxaposition.

Filed By: Frederick Rutledge Smith
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This house was built by my ancestors. I visited it for the first time 40 years ago. For an afternoon I had this incredible piece of architecture and history all to myself. I have seen it many times since and written about its past. I hope all who see it will value what was done here. I am most appreciative that the State of South Carolina's Park System preserves it, but it needs help as you will see. We need to restore the columns...I will help if you will.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Visited Hampton Plantation on a misty September morning -- no one else at the site. Extraordinary sense of history and of time and place -- as I sat in a rocking chair on the porch (built in 1790 for a visit by George Washinton), looking out across the broad, rustic lawn, it felt as if 200 years had slipped away. Not a believer in ghosts or spirits but that morning and in that complete silence, I could 'feel' the presence of all those who had gone before. Maintained but not overly groomed, the plantation feels 'authentic' versus a Williamsburg style restoration. Well worth a bisit in these days of too much Disney and not enough reality.

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Contact Information:
Hampton Plantation, 1950 Rutledge Road , McClellanville, SC, 29458, Phone: 843-546-9361

Additional Information:
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.
South Carolina's Historic Sites -


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