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“Very cool, but buggy”

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Georgetown
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We enjoyed this Plantation, but would have preferred it with out the MILLIONS of mosquito's, lol. Bring bug spray for sure. Luckily, they are not in the plantation house. Park guide was very informed and fun.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

If you're interested in how the rice plantation homes were constructed, this is the tour for you. Don't expect furnishings, carpets, or art. Instead, this has a wonderful and informative focus on how the typical homes were constructed. Very worthwhile, but perhaps not entertaining for very young children.

2  Thank redink46142
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Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

This was an amazing find. Not as publicized or "sexy" as some of the other plantations in the area, this one seems the most authentic. If you have been to and are a fan of Drayton Hall, you will enjoy this for its spartan approach, that sort of deconstructs the 300+-year-old home and shows its fascinating construction methods and materials.

The grounds are in a fairly natural (read, unmanicured) state, and the home has no furnishings nor fanciful decor. It sits in a respectfully preserved state. And is eerily beautiful in its historic stateliness.

Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and stories about the Horry/Rutledge families who lived here for generations. An extensive and fascinating 90-minute tour that could have gone on and on!

The grounds are tranquil, and great to wander, but bring bug spray or buy some at the ranger station!

For some additional great insights into the property, its history, its owners, and its salvation, read "Home by the River" by the home's last inhabitant and SC poet laureate Archibald Rutledge. Poetic, beautiful, and enriching firsthand account of this incredible home.

5  Thank ramblingsandroasts
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I've been to all the major plantations around Charleston, so when I discovered Hampton Plantation was nearby and was one I hadn't yet visited, I put it on my list for spring break. But what made me most eager to explore it was its historical association with 3 of my favorite figures from the Revolutionary War and Colonial eras of American history. Eliza Lucas Pinckney lived here with her daughter years after she was famous for refining the method of making indigo and enlarging the South's agricultural economy. She was just 16 when she took over management of her father's 3 plantations, and she was also the mother of one of our founding fathers - Charles Cotesworth Pinckney who signed the U.S. Constitution. Everyone should know who Eliza Pinckney is and count her as a heroine. During the Revolution, the Hampton Plantation and the Pinckneys were a safe haven for South Carolina's patriot Francis Marion, also known as the Swamp Fox. Legend says he was asleep in the Long Drawing Room one day when British Major Tarleton rode up with his troops to capture the Swamp Fox. Marion escaped by climbing out a window, swimming the Santee River and hiding on a nearby swamp island. The third person I wanted to touch figurative hands with was my favorite president - George Washington. He visited the plantation in 1791. When the lady of the house was about to order a giant live oak cut down so she could have a better view, Washington asked her to change her mind because he liked the tree so much. The tree was allowed to stand close by the front portico of the plantation house. As a memento, one can purchase items made from fallen limbs of this famous oak tree in the plantation gift shop. Besides these historical associations, the plantation has lovely walks filled with azaelas and camellias in ranges of colors from pure white, to pink to red to striped varieties. The house itself stands empty and can be toured 3 times a day with a park ranger who points out architectural features. One of the most evocative moments of our tour was when we asked what the small alcove between the dining room and the study was for. The ranger said this is where the house slaves stood so they were out of sight between serving courses of the meals to their white masters. Many of the local plantations have excellent interpretations of the slave era but Hampton follows the story of freed blacks into the 20th century through the recollections of Archibald Rutledge who restored his family's planation in the 1930s. Make sure you pick up his books "God's Children" and "Home By the River" to read his tales of friendship and respect for the black people who made the South what it is today. The park is not a big place and does not have all the buildings and facilities some other plantations do, but if you want to round out your perspective of southern history, don't miss this plantation.

6  Thank Gryfudd
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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.

2  Thank nancyandbob_10
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