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High Hampton Inn Celebrates 90 Years of Making Memories in 2012

February 28th, 2012 by Staff

Historic Photo of the High Hampton Inn

Many things have changed during the span of the last 90 years.  Communication has evolved from Morse code to iPhones, sixteen US presidents have ruled the country, and popular music stars have gone from flapper to rapper.  Few places today can proudly say they are still around after that amount of time and still maintain the traditions that were popular when they first opened.   High Hampton Inn is one of those places.

Fred and Ed still offer children hayrides each summer

What appealed to guests about High Hampton in 1922 is the same in 2012.  Tradition reigns here, where gentlemen don coats and ties for dinner, high tea is served everyday at 4 p.m., miniature donkeys Fred and Ed still offer children hayrides each summer, and Southern favorites like High Hampton Fried Chicken make an appearance on the menu each week.  At an elevation of 3,600 feet above sea level, “air conditioning” in the summer is still a cool mountain breeze through an open window, especially since evening temperatures drop into the low 60s in July and August.  Free from the trappings of technology, the Inn encourages you to unplug from today’s seemingly omnipresent tech-fueled world and reconnect with family and friends.

Our mountain setting makes High Hampton the ideal location for outdoor recreation.  A George W. Cobb-designed golf course, six clay tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing await you.  A European spa with a plethora of pampering treatments is perfect if you want to relax.  The interactive summer children’s programs are perfect for families looking for entertainment that doesn’t require a gaming system.

Golf overlooking Jewel Lake

House Parties have become a tradition for many families and feature picnics on the side lawn overlooking the lake, live music and entertainment, and family games and activities.  We also offer a number of workshops and golf and tennis clinics throughout the year.

Making a splash in Hampton Lake

Since we are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you have easy access to the quaint antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries located throughout Cashiers and nearby Highlands.  The area’s unique geography also boasts hundreds of waterfalls, quiet lakes, stone mountains, and rhododendron forests.

Memories and families are at the core of High Hampton.  In the estate’s more than 200-year history, it has changed hands only three times.  In the mid-nineteenth century, General Wade Hampton, who would later become governor of South Carolina and then a U.S. Senator, purchased the property.  He later gave the property to his niece, Caroline Hampton, and her husband, Dr. William Stewart Halsted.  In 1922, E.L. McKee, a Sylva businessman and industrialist purchased High Hampton, starting a family tradition that continues with his grandson, Will, who oversees the property today.

What are your favorite High Hampton memories?

We hope to see you again as we celebrate our 90th year of making memories.  Our special packages will make your next trip even more affordable.




High Hampton History – A Treasured Past

March 18th, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn is a special place with a rich history and strong ties to family.  In its more than 180 year history, it has only been owned by three families.

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General Wade Hampton III - High Hampton's first owner

The first owner of the property was General Wade Hampton III – a former South Carolina governor, US senator, and a Civil War general.  He and his family used the Cashiers, NC estate as an escape from South Carolina’s summer heat.  The property belonged to Wade until the 1880s, when he transferred it to his three unmarried sisters.

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Caroline Hampton Halsted

In 1890, Hampton’s niece, Caroline Hampton, married Dr. William Halsted, a chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who was famous for his superior surgical techniques and a pioneer in the use of anesthesia.  The couple honeymooned at the Hampton Hunting Lodge, and Dr. Halsted became so enthralled by its beauty that he purchased the estate and renamed it High Hampton.

The Halsteds greatly enhanced the beauty of the property by planting the stunning dahlia garden and exotic trees and shrubs, most of which are still thriving on the front lawn of the Inn.

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Dr. William Stewart Halsted

After the Halsteds passed away in 1922, the property was purchased by E.L. McKee.  He and his wife constructed a two-story inn, a golf course, and tennis court on the estate.  Unfortunately, on May 15, 1932, a fire started in a nearby cottage that quickly spread to the Hampton Hunting Lodge and inn, destroying the buildings and their historic contents.

Construction of a new inn and several cottages began in the fall of 1932 and was completed by May 1933.  The new inn, built on the site of the Hampton Hunting Lodge, was larger than the original, had three stories, a majestic four-sided fireplace, and was covered with chestnut bark, making it naturally insect-resistant.

The property was later passed on to Bill McKee, son of E.L McKee.  After the death of his father, Bill McKee became much more involved with the operations of the inn and eventually was named president of High Hampton Inc.

Bill McKee’s son, Will, spent his childhood at the inn and served in many different capacities.  After graduating from the Cornell School of Hotel Management in 1982, Will McKee returned to High Hampton to work with his father.  Today, Will carries on the family tradition of his father and grandfather.

What began as the Hampton’s retreat in the 1830s continues as a haven today, more than 180 years later.  Guests find a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while vacationing at the Inn.  The cool mountain breezes continue to blow and refresh just as they did in Wade Hampton’s time.  In these complicated times, it is refreshing to find a place where very little changes, except the seasons.

To read the entire history of High Hampton Inn, please click here.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

February 14th, 2011 by Staff

Here at High Hampton, we are known for our numerous fireplaces that always feature a roaring fire that warms the heart and the body.  At an elevation of 3,600 feet, you will often find fires burning during spring, summer and fall, as well as the winter off season.

We have 23 fireplaces located throughout the property. The most famous is the large four-sided stone fireplace that is the centerpiece of our spacious lobby. This beautiful structure acts as the heart of our historic Inn and has been bringing guests together for generations. Everyday, people gather around its glowing flames to read a book, play board games with their family, catch up with old friends, or enjoy afternoon tea. The fire is always burning in the lobby, inviting guests to cozy up and make themselves at home.

One of peoples’ favorite places to sit in the dining room is in front of the large fireplace.  Its flickering flames and inviting glow give visitors the feeling of sitting in their grandmother’s country cottage. Being here takes one back to a simpler time, when emphasis was put on spending time with family and friends. The demands and stresses of everyday life slowly begin to melt away.

High Hampton’s fireplaces aren’t only found indoors.  The secluded Lakeside Laurel Garden, surrounded by towering trees, features a full stone fireplace. Often reserved for private events, it’s the perfect space to spend an evening toasting marshmallows for S’mores. We also have fire pits located throughout the property, making our stunning patios the perfect place to gather on a cool evening to watch the stars twinkling in the sky.

Want to escape to the mountains of North Carolina and start your family tradition at High Hampton Inn? Please contact us to learn more.