Hamption Plantation House, McClellanville: Route to (re)settlement Exhibiton Venue
Built between 1730 and 1750 in the state’s Santee Delta region, the Hampton mansion served as the home of the prominent Horry, Pinckney and Rutledge families. Visitors can explore a dozen rooms in the threestory Georgian-styled house and look inside the plaster walls that have been opened to reveal the structure’s framework.
Behind the mansion is a kitchen house built in the mid to late 1800s. Slaves assigned cooking duties delivered three meals a day to the big house.
At the height of rice production in Hampton Plantation, some 340 slaves worked on the property. Many continued to live on the plantation long after rice was no longer a profitable crop in the Lowcountry. A chimney that was part of a house built by slave descendants Prince and Sue Alston is all that remains of the tenant homes.
The 274-acre historic site also features one of the impoundments and dikes created by the enslaved Africans for the production of rice. But the vast majority of the crops were grown on Hampton Island, which lies just across Wambaw Creek at the back of the property. Some 25 rice fields once stretched across the land as far as the eye could see.
Participating artists will investigate how individual and collective orientation oscillates when socio-economic systems collapse and the cultural landscape shifts.