What to do in Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

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.

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

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

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.

1950 Rutledge Road
McClellanville, SC 29458

Phone: 843-546-9361

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