Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation. The plantation now serves as an interpretive site for the system of slavery and rice cultivation in the region from the colonial period through the end of the Civil War. The property also tells the story of the freed people who made their homes in the Santee Delta region for generations after emancipation.
Visitors can explore the mansion to learn how it was constructed and changed over time from the early 18th century. The kitchen building and the unearthed foundation of one of the slave dwellings show the disparity between the lifestyles of the planters and the enslaved.
Nature of the Area
The plantation grounds include walking trails through pine forest, views of Wambaw Creek, and the remains of rice fields that once stretched as far as the eye could see. Hampton inspired the works of South Carolinas first poet laureate, Archibald Rutledgethe last private owner of the house, who lived there until 1969. The site is a National Historic Landmark.
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is located near Georgetown, Goose Creek
Description This easy, two-mile loop trail begins in the parking area and circles an abandoned rice field directly behind the Hampton Plantation Mansion. You will have an opportunity to explore the rich natural diversity and history of the lowcountry as you pass beneath ancient Magnolia trees that border the trail. Plaques along the way also offer historically significant information as well as information on local plants and animals.
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.