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Education

Public


Hampton School District 1
In Hampton District One, located in the northern section of the county, schools include:
  • Fennell Elementary
  • Varnville Elementary
  • Hampton Elementary
  • Ben Hazel Primary School
  • Brunson Elementary
  • North District Middle School
  • Wade Hampton High School

Hampton School District 2
In Hampton District Two, located in the southern section of the county, the schools include:
  • Estill Elementary
  • Estill Middle
  • Estill High School

Independent

Patrick Henry Academy
Private school education is offered for grades K through 12 at Patrick Henry Academy located near Estill, South Carolina. Patrick Henry offers excellent academic programs that lead to a large percentage of graduates enrolling at colleges and universities.

Post-Secondary Education

Post-secondary education is available at several locations in and near Hampton County. These include:

Festivals

Hampton County is home to many annaul festivals that entertain residents and visitors from all over. These festivals include:
  • A Day in the Park - Spring celebration in Varnville


Historic Buildings and Museums

Buildings

Hampton County Courthouse

This "Temple of Justice" is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1878, the same year the South Carolina General Assembly declared this northern portion of Beaufort County its own separate county. The cornerstone was laid by General Wade Hampton himself.

Hampton Colored School
The Hampton Colored School was built in 1931 and used to be the only educational facility for the community's black children. The strucure replaced a dilapitated one-room school house that dated back to 1922. The facility has been restored and named to both the South Carolina and the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum serves as a repository of Black History in Hampton.

Lawtonville Baptist Church
Circa 1819. Site of Lawtonville Village (destroyed by Sherman's Troops). Only remains are a masontry staircase and a baptistry. It is one of the oldest baptist churches in South Carolina. It is located only a few miles west of Estill.

Stoney Creek Chapel
Circa. 1832. Stoney Creek Chapel was built in the high piney woods of McPhersonville. It was here that many plantation owners and their families had summer residences where they retreated to escape the unhealthy lowlands during the months of mosquito infestation. Many of the planters gave up portions of their property to form one 210 ft. square acre on which the chapel was built, providing a place of worship.

Town of Varnville
Circa 1800. The Town was originally known as "Dixie". The view of Varnville is of lovely old homes, the former depot and gazebo. It was said that the aristocrats settles in Varnville. One of the original founders was James Varn who operated the sawmill. Scenes from the movie "Forest Gump" were filmed here.

Brunson's Famous Town Hall
Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" cited it as the only Town Hall on stilts in the world. It stands tall and proud as a landmark of this once "largest town" on the Charleston and Western Railroad. The main reason for the stilts was to provide shade and accessibility for an artesian well beneath the building.

Museums

Hampton County Museum
The Hampton County Museum Museum includes a second floor cell block unchanged since 1878, with original steel floor and hand tooled iron grill work. It is located in the old jailhouse and contains an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia, including various maps and uniforms. Also, there is an extensive collection of World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam memorabilia. Photographs of the county and its people and their ancestors are also on display.

Hampton Museum and Visitor's Center
The Town of Hampton Museum and Visitor's Center is located in an old bank building. The Museum contains military artifacts, a children's room, an exhibition of various antique medical equipment donated by local physicians and Watermelon Festival memorabilia. Also, on a regular basis local craftsmen and artisans display their wares on a rotating basis. The Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Libraries

Media

Newspaper

Hampton County Guardian
The Hampton County Guardian is one of Hampton County's oldest traditions. The Guardian was founded by a then 24 year old Charleston newspaperman, Miles Benjamin McSweeney on August 22, 1879. For over 125 years, the Hampton County Guardian has been publishing today's news and tomorrow's history of our community.

Hampton County Good Times
The Hampton County Good Times is Hampton County's newest publication. Good Times reports on the latest news and events happening in and around Hampton County.

Lowcountry Life is a monthly publication of lowcountry happenings, photographs, poems, classifieds, and letters to the editor.

Radio

Medical

Hampton Regional Medical Center is a regional, comprehensive health care system serving Hampton County and surrounding areas. HRMC is an affiliate of the Roper Saint Francis Healthcare System.

Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive health care services to the South Carolina Low Country Community.

Harrison-Peeples Healthcare Center offers primary care from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Outdoor Recreation


Golf

Penny Branch Golf Club
located in Furman, South Carolina offers championship golfing on a 6,550 yard layout. The "Field of Dreams" type course has attracted golfers from around the world.

Hunting


Hampton County residents and visitors enjoy the best whitetail deer hunting in the State. In fact, hunters from across the southeast call Hampton County home from mid-August to the end of the year as they track that trophy buck. Hunters also enjoy wild board, wild turkey, duck, dove, and quail. Here are some of the hunting locations in the County.

Guide Service

Gohagan's Guide Service

State Park

Lake Warren State Park

is located off U.S. Hwy. 601 South. This is a 1,390 acre park offering a nature trail, pier fishing, boating, picnicking, and nature viewing along a shady lake.


Theater

Palmetto Theater

Hampton County's cultural activities are centered around the Palmetto Theater. The theater, which seats 221, is the setting for plays, concerts, art shows, a "Kids Kulture Kamp", and many other special events held throughout the year.

The theater originally opened in 1946 and become one of Hampton's social centers. Many years later, the theater fell into disrepair and closed. The Hampton County Arts Council purchased the theater, revived it, and reopened it in 1993 to a sell-out crowd and the theater has been providing Hampton County residents and visitors with arts and entertainment opportunities ever since.