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Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

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.
Coastal & Islands
McClellanville
Coastal & Islands
1950 Rutledge RD,
McClellanville, SC 29458
(843) 546-9361
Info & Amenities
Location
16 miles south of Georgetown on US 17. Right on Rutledge Rd. (first right after crossing the South Santee River) 8 Miles North of McClellanville. Left on to Rutledge Rd. The park is 2 miles down Rutledge Rd. on the Right.
Admission
$7.50 age 16 and older; $3.75 SC seniors; $3.50 age 6-15
Days and Hours of Operation
Ground hours are daily from 9am-6pm. Plantation House Tours are F, M, Tu noon and 2pm; Sa-Su 10am, noon, and 2pm. See Ranger Station for Plantation House Admission.
Interpretive Center
Yes
Visa/Master Card
Yes
American Express Card
Yes
Discover Card
Yes
Birding
Yes