The South Carolina State Park Service has operated Hampton Plantation State Historic Site since 1971. However, for approximately 250 years prior to its purchase by the state, it was a thriving rice plantation, hunting lodge, and tenant farm. Individuals who lived at Hampton include members of two of South Carolina's wealthiest families, the Horrys and Rutledges, hundreds of enslaved individuals, including Harry, Isaac, Daphne, Patty, and Grace, and free African-American farmers, including Prince and Sue Alston, and Steve Boykin.
This exhibit will use the architecture of the Hampton mansion and its surviving artifacts to tell the stories of the many individuals, free and enslaved, who lived and worked at the plantation throughout its history. Click through to the exhibit records to learn about their lives and the changing landscape of the Hampton grounds.