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Hampton Plantation

Hampton Plantation is a Georgian-style former rice plantation in McClellanville, South Carolina. The last owner, Archibald Rutledge, sold the property to the state in the 1970's, and it has since become a state park. Just about an hour North of Charleston, the plantation is worth the drive. The house began as a small farmhouse. It was expanded to include a ballroom, additional bedrooms, and dining room, and it is said that before George Washington visited the plantation, the large portico was completed. The portico stretches the entire width of the original farmhouse. 


Much of the plaster and lath has been removed due to mold problems, the structure is then left exposed. You can see this in the below photos and even more upstairs. In the third photo, notice the shutter above the ceiling. This shutter never covered a window, and was installed to create symmetry in the front facade, so important in Georgian Architecture. There is another of these "windows" above the ballroom. The original finish on Cypress panels is still intact in the drawing room. The photos do not do it justice. The color and tone is really beautiful. 




The kitchen building is the only remaining dependency. They have started a new archeological investigation.  The kitchen is closed to the public because of a large bat colony that lives there, but I got this photo of the fireplace through the window. 


Admission is free to the park. There is a small fee for a house tour. I highly recommend timing your visit to include a house tour. If you head up to McClellanville, be sure and stop at Saint James Santee, a small brick church built in the early 1700's near Hampton Plantation. 

For more information, check out the South Carolina State Parks website here.