Hampton Park, Charleston
Hampton Park is a public park located in peninsular Charleston, South Carolina, USA. At 60acre, it is the largest park on the peninsula. It is bordered by The Citadel to the west, Hampton Park Terrace to the south, North Central to the east, and Wagener Terrace to the north. The park is named in honor of Confederate General Wade Hampton III who, at the time of the Civil War, owned one of the largest collections of slaves in the South. After the Civil War, Hampton became a proponent of the Lost Cause movement, member of the Red Shirts and governor of South Carolina.Make Hampton Park a part of your Charleston vacation plans using our Charleston online itinerary builder .
Colonial EraThe land constituting current-day Hampton Park was, by 1769, part of a plantation owned by John Gibbes and known as The Grove or Orange Grove Plantation.
Race CourseIn 1835, part of Gibbes' plantation was acquired by the South Carolina Jockey Club, a group that developed the Washington Race Course on the site. An annual horse race in February attracted thousands of spectators who could watch the races from an Italianate grandstand designed by Charles F. Reichardt. Today, Mary Murray Drive is a one-mile (1.6 km) parkway that circles Hampton Park in almost the exact location of the race track.
Hampton Park Reviews
This is the "Central Park" or "Lincoln Park" of Charleston. Mostly paths and botanical patterns, a few fountains and some gazebos. Just a pleasant place to go for a walk. Reminds me of the Jardin des ... more »
rode our bikes here, and rode them around the park as well. had a nice rest on the lawns and relaxed whiled people watching. watch out for geese and duck turds! You can have a great picnic here, read ... more »
One of the most gorgeous spots in Charleston. I'm continually impressed by the folks who manage the planting; there's always something flowering no matter what time of year. Great place to run, hang out, take photos, and appreciate nature.
Multi-purpose park that welcomes cyclists, runners, walkers, children, seniors, etc. Love walking this park during my lunch break. Well shaded. Good people and tree watching. Next door to The Citadel, handsome runners. Lots of pedestrians walking during lunch hours, feels safe. It has pretty, mature trees. Little pond that usually has ducks, our children love to feed them. Good park for all ages. Dogs must be leashed. If your a tourist, I recommend you stop by The Citadel...lovely campus. Vehicle park parking. Olmsted inspired.... Charleston budget.
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