Tucked away among live oaks and magnolias in the Santee Delta
region, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation. 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 in South Carolina into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history.
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, wander the plantation grounds or look out upon Wambaw Creek at the remains of rice fields that once stretched as far as the eye could see.
Hampton 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 a National Historic Landmark.
Want to see more plantations in South Carolina
? You can visit more historic Plantation Homes of the South
at Rose Hill Plantation
State Historic Site and Redcliffe Plantation
HOURS AND 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
: Noon-1pm, daily
: Guided mansion tours are offered F, M and Tu noon and 2 p.m. Sa-Su 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
: 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.