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Hampton County Recreation Dept.
Registration now underway at the Hampton County Recreation Department for karate, gymnastics, dance, wrestling, zumba and cake decorating. For more information call (803) 943-2857.



Hampton County Arts Council

Concerts - Classes
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Discover Hampton County, South Carolina



Hampton County, South Carolina is a unique blend of tradition and progressive development, successfully blending a growing and dynamic economy with its peaceful quality of life. Whether your interest is residential, tourism or business development, we invite you to visit our historic communities.

Hampton County is surrounded by an incredible quality of life offering activities for everyone. Enjoy a friendly hometown atmosphere where individual interests and needs can be met through a variety of civic, service, social and special interest organizations. There are opportunities to enjoy the arts and explore a rich cultural and historical heritage.

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Hampton County is a paradise for anyone who loves hunting, fishing, golfing, beaches and the natural beauty of the great outdoors. All can be found in Hampton County or enjoyed on a rewarding day trip.

Hampton County is host to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year….enjoy annual events or special events. Mark your calendar and come join the fun.

Hampton County is conveniently located approximately 75 miles west of Charleston, 50 miles north of Savannah, 60 miles northwest of Hilton Head, 75 miles east of Augusta, 90 miles south of Columbia and 220 miles east of Atlanta. The county is easily reached via US 301 and I-95. US 321, 278 and 601 cross the county. Come Discover Us!







History

Hampton County was created on February 18, 1878 by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly that cut away the northern portion of Beaufort County creating the 33rd county of the state's 46 counties. The county was named for statesman and soldier, General Wade Hampton, III, who was elected governor of South Carolina in 1876.

Today's Hampton County was originally mapped as "Indian Lands." Yamasee and Creek Indians, migrating from Florida, and others had trading posts, trails, burial grounds and ceremonial grounds throughout the pinewoods and swamplands. Numerous Indian names remain: Salkehatchie, Coosawhatchie, Huspah, Caw Caw and Combahee.

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On 1769 maps, Beaufort District was subdivided into three parishes: St. Peter's, St. Luke's and Prince William's. Most of Prince William's Parish is now Hampton County. Another name for the northern part of Beaufort was Lincoln County, which eventually became Hampton County.

Hampton County did not escape the ravages of war, its lands seeing action in the Yamasee War, Revolutionary War and Civil War. General William T. Sherman's Union troops cut a three-pronged swath of destruction through Hampton County on his march from Savannah to Columbia.

In 1868 the county seat of Beaufort County was relocated from Gillisonville, near the center, to the Town of Beaufort. This created greater distances for many of the county residents to travel in order to conduct county business, so the State Legislature was petitioned to allow a new county to be formed, giving birth to Hampton County.

It was important to seat the new government in a place convenient to all. Voters chose the geographic center of the new county, but when it was surveyed, the center was found to be a large cypress pond surrounded by swamp. In a second referendum, Varnville won the county seat race and commissioners determined the new courthouse could be situated within two miles of the town that won the referendum. The center of the courthouse was placed exactly two miles from the Varnville Depot. The well-worn brass top of the surveyor's benchmark may still be seen in the center of the main corridor in the Hampton County Courthouse. Officially identified as the Town of Hampton Courthouse, the town was incorporated December 23, 1879 as Town of Hampton.

In 1912, a strip of Beaufort County and a southwestern slice of Hampton County were joined to form Jasper County. In 1919, Hampton County was again reduced in size when the northernmost tip was cut off and added to a piece of southern Barnwell County to form Allendale County.

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Government Services

Hampton County adopted the council form of government in 1975, under the South Carolina Home Rule Act. A five member County Council, employing a professional administrator, governs the county. Hampton County is included in South Carolina Senate Districts 39 and 45 and House Districts 120 and 122. The Second Congressional District includes Hampton County. The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Hampton, Allendale, Jasper, Beaufort and Colleton Counties.

The Hampton County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement for the county. Towns maintain their own local police protection. The county provides countywide fire service to the rural areas. The towns of Estill, Hampton, Varnville and Yemassee maintain their own fire departments. EMS personnel serve the emergency medical needs in the county. A central 911 communications center provides countywide coverage for EMS, fire and law enforcement coordination. <back to top>



Education

Hampton County has two school districts. Hampton County School District 1 includes the towns of Brunson, Hampton, Varnville and Yemassee. Hampton County School District 2 includes the towns of Estill, Furman, Gifford, Luray and Scotia. Patrick Henry Academy is an independent, privately owned school located between Hampton and Estill.

The University of South Carolina has campuses within driving distance of Hampton County. USC-Salkehatchie has campuses located in Allendale and Walterboro. USC-Beaufort has campuses in Beaufort and New River.

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The Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) is one of sixteen comprehensive two-year colleges in South Carolina with a campus in Beaufort and the Mungin Center in Varnville. <back to top>



Medical Services

At the center of the medical services in Hampton County is Hampton Regional Medical Center. The hospital provides extensive diagnostic capabilities using state of the art technology, a surgical department, a full service laboratory, physical therapy and 24 hour emergency department. The community has a number of physicians and specialists as well as dental, chiropractic and optometric services. UniHealth Post Acute Care of the Low Country, a long term care facility, is located in Estill. Coastal Empire Mental Health Center in Varnville provides mental health services. hampton county hospitals


Recreation

The scenic and natural beauty of Hampton County can be enjoyed at Lake Warren State Park, Webb Wildlife Center, its forestland and many rivers, swamps and creeks. Lake Warren State Park offers a lake for fishing, boat rentals, boat ramp, fishing pier, playground with picnic shelters, nature trails, a bird refuge and a community building. Webb Wildlife Center borders the historic Savannah River and provides excellent viewing of deer, turkeys, many types of birds, nature trails and ponds for fishing.

Hampton County is famous to many sportsmen for its exceptional hunting and excellent pond, creek and river fishing. South Carolina has a four and a half month deer season and Hampton County has one of the largest white tail deer population in the country. Daily and weekly fee hunting at overnight lodges and accommodations at large plantation hunting clubs are available. Wildlife abounds with ducks, wild turkeys, doves, quail and wild hogs being popular game. The Savannah River, Coosawhatchie River, Salkehatchie River and Combahee River offers fishing, boating, skiing and swimming. Salt and freshwater sports can be enjoyed nearby.

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Recreation facilities in the county include parks with picnic facilities and playgrounds, baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts and basketball courts. Hampton and Varnville sponsor a recreation program with organized competition for youth in baseball, softball, football and soccer. The Hampton County Recreation Department offers a wide selection of activities for all ages. Penny Branch Club is an 18 hole golf course in Furman. The Woody Williams Saddle Club offers horsemen a variety of activities.

Nearby within easy driving distance are other unique opportunities. Broxton Bridge Plantation offers a variety of hunting opportunities, full range of sport shooting, historic tours of on-site civil war battlegrounds and a campground for trail ride enthusiasts. Horse camping on Lakeview Plantation offers the most enjoyable year-round scenario in the region for leisurely trail riding in South Carolina on more than 60 miles of trails. The extensive ACE Basin includes thousands of acres of public lands and a variety of activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, bird watching, hiking, bicycling and all types of nature study. Edisto River Basin located in South Carolina is the world's longest free-flowing "blackwater" stream encompassing twelve counties. The peaceful rate of flow makes it ideal for paddling enthusiasts of all skill levels. <back to top>



Economy

Hampton County has developed prime industrial sites and enjoys a strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard. Located on I-95 between Charleston and Savannah, Hampton County offers three industrial parks, all of which have been certified through the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Estill Industrial Park is located near Savannah on Highway 321. The Lowcountry Regional Industrial Park offers over 478 acres in a Foreign Trade Zone. The county's newest industrial park , Southern Carolina Commerce Park, is developed jointly through a public/private partnership with MeadWestvaco. The Park is located 5 miles from I-95 Exit 38.

Hampton County's businesses and industries are an important part of its economy. The County hosts a diversity of industry and supports a variety of retail stores and family owned businesses. In addition to a focus on recruiting new industries to our area, Hampton County has a proven commitment to supporting those who are already part of our local economy.
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Utilities

South Carolina Electric & Gas and Palmetto Electric Cooperative each provide commercial and residential electric power. Natural gas is provided by SCE&G. There are several providers of LPG. High speed internet access is available through several servers. Telephone service is provided by CenturyLink in all areas of the county except the Yemassee and Brunson areas, which are served by Verizon. <back to top>


Transportation

Hampton County is served by Interstate 95, US Highways 278, 60l, 321 and SC Highways 63, 68 and 363. Commercial airline service is available at four airports located in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina plus Savannah and Augusta, Georgia. Passenger service is provided by Amtrak with a station located in Yemassee. <back to top>


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Points of Interest

Hampton County Museum
Housed in the former Hampton Jailhouse building (1878). Contains a collection of Civil War memorabilia, old general store, military room, farm room and more. 702 First Street, Hampton, SC (803) 943-5484
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Hampton Museum and Visitors Center
Housed in the former Bank of Hampton building (1892). Contains military artifacts,
children's room, antique medical equipment, genealogy research services and cemetery information in Hampton County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 99 Elm Street East, Hampton, SC (803) 943-5318

Brunson's Famous Town Hall
Built in 1906, Ripley's "Believe It or Not" cited it as the only Town Hall on stilts in the world. The stilts provided shade and accessibility for an artesian well beneath the building. Now houses the Brunson Museum. 800 Railroad Avenue, Brunson, SC (803) 632-3448

Penny Branch Club
Located in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, 18 lush holes with putting green, practice bunker and driving range with target greens. 400 Penny Branch Trail, Furman, SC (803) 625-0222

Estill Museum
First municipal building in Estill (1907). Later used as a medical clinic and jail. Features exhibits on the history of Estill. 44 Third Street, Estill, SC (803) 625-3803
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Libraries
Hampton County Library, 12 Locust Street, Hampton, SC (803) 943-7528
Estill Public Library, 276 West Third Street, Estill, SC (803) 625-4650


Hampton Colored School
Built in 1931, the school was the only educational facility for Hampton's Black children. The structure is on the South Carolina and National Register of Historic Places. Holly Street, Hampton, SC (803) 943-2951

Lake Warren State Park
Located off U. S. 601 South, this 420 acre park offers a 200 acre lake for fishing and boating, nature trail, picnic and shelter areas, boat rentals, and community building. (803) 943-5051

Webb Wildlife Center
Located on Augusta Stagecoach Road in Garnett, SC offers fishing, hunting, wildlife observation. (803) 625-3569

Stoney Creek Chapel
Only pre-Civil War structure remaining in McPhersonville. Built in 1832 it was used as a hospital during the Civil War and the blood stains still remain. Old Pocataligo Road at McPhersonville.
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Walking Trails
Walking Trail Town of Hampton (803) 943-2951
Varnville Historical Walking Trail (803) 943-2979
Estill Nature Walking Trail (803) 625-3243
Lowcountry Revolutionary Trail 800-528-6870


Palmetto Theatre
Art deco design built in 1946 and operated as a movie theatre. Was renovated and reopened in 1993 for use by the Hampton County Arts Council as a social center featuring plays, musicals, concerts. 109 Lee Avenue, Hampton, SC (803) 943-3100

Hampton County Courthouse
Built in 1878, the same year Hampton County was formed. The cornerstone was laid by General Wade Hampton, III. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After renovation, a dedication ceremony was held February 2009. Highway 278, Hampton, SC (803) 943-5484
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Mailing Address: PO Box 122, Hampton, SC 29924
Physical Address: 200 Jackson Avenue East, Hampton, SC 29924
Phone: 803-914-2143

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