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“Architectural plantation tour”

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Georgetown
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Architectural plantation tour”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Be advised that this plantation is largely presented back to the studs, which is certainly an interestesting approach necessitated by the removal of changes made to the property by Archibald Rutledge starting in the 1930's. What he did made sense for him, but a modern kitchen, for example, doesn't belong in a plantation started pre-Revolution as a 6-room farmhouse. Rutledge sold the plantation to the state, but the family kept the furniture, so the architectural approach was chosen. There is a list in each room of the furniture inventory at the time so there is a sense of the use of the rooms.

Currently the park system is working on the kitchen building, excavating the foundation of possible slave quarters and committed to maintaining the garden Rutledge created along with his holly and dogwood allees. The grounds look a little unkempt and the signs on the trails look tired, but we are glad we went as this added to our overall knowledge of the plantation homes maintained by the SC park system, which also include Rose Hill and Redcliffe.

The ranger who led the tour was quite good, and we have been impressed with the knowledge and accessibility of our SC state park rangers.

Less than 10 miles from MCClennanville, which is its post office address.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank nancyandbob_10
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“The Rice Plantation that time forgot”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

As a state park, entrance if free and there is a 2 mile trail through the woods that is fun to take the kids on. The rangers all seem very friendly and willing to share any information they have on the history of this site. The tour runs $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for kids under 16. It is probably worth it for for those interested in history, rice plantations and colonial architecture. The restoration is a bit unusual as you will see the structures beyond the skin deep... almost every room (aside for the nicely restored heart pine floors) are presented in layers. You will appreciate the top layer of plaster, lathe work and the hearty black-cypress beams that have lasted some 300 years. 1700's colonial Georgian style architecture and a rather large kitchen house is on the tour. Don't forget to stop and pay respects to the George Washington Oak... a tree that legend has it was ''saved'' from being cut down by Prez. Washington on a visit to the Plantation in 1791. From there we visited the on site Black graveyard (still in use) and then we sojourned about 5 miles down the road to the St. James Santee (Wambaw) church.

Visited March 2013
4 Thank JPSaleebyMD
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a nice stop if you want to see a plantation home and how It was actually built and used over a century and more. We are glad we made this stop.

Visited February 2013
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Greenville, South Carolina
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“A wonderful step back in time”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Hampton Plantation is one of my favorite places in South Carolina. Before your first visit you jave to read Home by the River to truely understand its history. Do your research and time your arrival for qwhen the house is open for tours and you wont be. disappointed, unless of course you are one of those people who only enjoy perfectly restored homes.

1 Thank Sharon S
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Home By The River”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

To truly enjoy your trip to Hampton, read Archibald Ritledge's book "Home by the River. It is the story of Hampton, especially the time after Rutledge retired after spending 43 years as Head of the English Department at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsyvania and returned to renovate and live in the old family home. The stories range from Washington's visit in 1790 to Gen. Francis Marion stopping by the house after a battle with Tarleton's red coats. It is a story of the people of Hampton, kindly Sue Alston who could grow anything and Prince Alston, Rutledge's best friend growing up. Hampton is so much more than just a dwelling. It is truly a piece if South Carolina's history. Enjoy...

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Robert B
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