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Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Hampton Plantation  State Historic Site

Tucked away in the remote last vestiges of a colonial-era rice plantation, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is both bucolic and evocative.

The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve as an interpretive site for the system of slavery that helped build such plantations into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history. They also tell the story of the freed people who made their homes there for generations after emancipation.

Visitors can explore the mansion, wander the plantation grounds or just look out upon Wambaw Creek at the remains of rice fields that once stretched as far as the eye could see. George Washington had such a view when he stood on the Hampton family’s portico in 1791.

A historic kitchen building, huge live oaks, camellia gardens and archaeological sites also tell the story of Lowcountry rice culture.

Hampton is an ideal place to discover the surrounding Santee Delta’s natural beauty, which inspired the works of a South Carolina poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge, who lived here and gave it to the people of South Carolina as a legacy.

The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

GENERAL

  • Tour and Programs Information: Hampton Plantation is a "DiscoverCarolina Site", which provides curriculum-based social studies programs for South Carolina school children.

HOURS AND ADMISSION

  • Admission: Grounds are free.

    House admission: $7.50/adult; $3.75/S.C. Senior; $3.50/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 & younger.

  • Days and Hours of Operation: Ground Hours: Apr. - Oct. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., daily. Nov. - Mar. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    Mansion Hours: Guided tours only, F, M and Tu noon and 2 p.m. Sa-Su 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

  • Days and Holidays Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • Office Hours: Noon-1pm, daily
  • Tours: Guided mansion tours are offered F, M and Tu noon and 2 p.m. Sa-Su 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

LOCATION

  • Driving Directions:
    From Georgetown: Travel S. on Hwy 17 for approximately 16 mi. After crossing the two Santee River bridges, turn rt. at the first intersection onto Rutledge Rd. Go three miles and the park entrance will be on the rt.

    From Charleston:Travel N on Hwy 17 for approximately 35 miles. Turn left onto Rutledge Rd, go three mi. and the park entrance will be on the rt.
  • Counties: Charleston County
  • Acreage: 274
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 23
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 7

MILES TO:

  • Charleston, SC: 35
  • Columbia, SC: 142
  • Florence, SC: 91
  • Greenville, SC: 245
  • Charlotte, NC: 200
  • Raleigh, NC: 212
  • Atlanta, GA: 340
  • Augusta, GA: 194

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Are there Cabins or Villas at this Park?: There are no Cabins or Villas at this Park.
  • What kind of camping is available at this Park?: There is no camping available at this Park.
  • What kind of activites are available at this Park?: Fishing and Trails are available. Please click on the Things To Do menu item above for more details.
  • If you cannot find it on this website: hampton@scprt.com

Contact Information

1950 Rutledge RD
McClellanville,SC 29458
Phone: (843) 546-9361
Fax: (843) 527-4995
Charleston CountyMcClellanville