Blacksburg, South Carolina
May 1, 2005
Much like Drayton Hall, the house is unfurnished and tours focus on the architecture and construction of the house. The grounds feature camellia gardens and the remains of old rice fields. Famous 18th-century visitors included George Washington, Francis Marion, and Marquis de Lafayette. The white facade and columns of the house must have been extremely impressive to 18th-century visitors, much as they are to tourists today. The last resident of the house was Archibald Rutledge, poet laureate of South Carolina. Upon Mr. Rutledge's death, he deeded the property to the state of South Carolina so that its history could be preserved for many more generations.
The park grounds are open free of charge Thursday through Monday from 9am to 6pm. Guided tours of the mansion are given Thursday through Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Admission to the mansion costs $3/adult. For more information on Hampton Plantation, visit www.southcarolinaparks.com.
From journal South Carolina: Battleground of Freedom