From its inception, High Hampton has served as a scenic, family escape. For 94 seasons, the Resort has hosted guests from across the globe, but unknown to many is just how far back the Resort’s history extends. The property’s history can be traced back to General Wade Hampton, confederate general and Governor of South Carolina. General Hampton built the Hampton Hunting Lodge, where the Inn now sits today.
High Hampton Inn was not officially known by this name until the property came into the possession of General Hampton’s niece, Caroline Hampton. As a child, Caroline spent many a summer day fishing, hunting and horseback riding with her uncle on the grounds of the estate, so it was no surprise when she and her new husband, Dr. William Stewart Halsted, chose to honeymoon at the Hampton Hunting Lodge in the summer of 1890. It was under the care of Caroline and William that the property was deemed High Hampton in honor of High Halsted, William’s ancestral grounds in England.
Under the care of the Halsteds, the grounds of High Hampton flourished, planting many exotic trees and shrubs that are still found on the property today. Although a private estate under the Halsteds, many area residents recall the warm hospitality and coziness that both the couple and property provided to visitors – qualities that are still embodied today.
The property was posted for sale in 1922, capturing the eye of a business man named Mr. E.L. McKee. It is here that the High Hampton Inn we known today holds its humble beginnings.
As preparations for the 95th season are underway, Will McKee, owner and grandson to E.L. McKee, and the High Hampton staff continue to offer the same stunning views and southern hospitality that have made High Hampton a beloved retreat among guests throughout the years. A picture is worth one thousand words. See more High Hampton Inn history for yourself: https://www.highhamptoninn.com/nowandthen-slides.aspx.
For more information on how to make your mark on history, please contact reservations by calling 880-334-2551 or by visiting www.highhamptoninn.com.