Hampton Travel Guide
Hampton Local History
Originally called Bear Creek, because of the bears which inhabited the banks of the creek, this town was renamed after the Civil War to honor General Wade Hampton of South Carolina and was known as Hampton. That same year, in 1873, Mr. Thomas Barnett, the justice of the peace, was elected mayor, and Hampton started to develop as a mercantile town.
In 1875, Hampton became a focal point for the cotton industry and even though the population was approximately 1,000 this was no impediment to experience a major economic boom due in part because the town had the only rail connection in Henry County for some time. Soon, cotton warehouses, a hotel and many elegant homes were constructed and the town became the riches cotton section in the area, and on May 17, 1900, the Hampton Cotton Mills were incorporated, the town grew and has prospered since.
Hampton Parks & Gardens
North Forty Park This park is located at 9 West Main Street, North Hampton and offers 12 acres of extension for its visitors. There is 4 lighted youth baseball fields, concession stand, restroom facility and a picnic pavilion. A small area but ideal for a nice walk in the park, breath fresh area and just enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends.
Panola Mountain State Park In the nearby town of Stockbridge on Hwy 155 SW, you will find this 915 acres park where you can enjoy hiking along 2 miles of self-guided nature trails or 1 mile of fitness trail. For the younger ones the park has a playground and the whole family can enjoy having a picnic at the shelters provided. There is also a Interpretive Center which offers different programs. The park is open daily from 7am until 6pm or 9pm depending on the season.
High Falls State Park This 1,050 acres park is located at 23.9 miles from Hampton in the town of Jackson. The park offers camping facilities and picnic shelters with a lake and swimming pool. There is also 4 miles of hiking trails, canoe and fishing boat rental and a miniature golf. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and if you want to continue enjoying nature and aquatic sports there are many more attractions nearby this area.
Hampton Restaurants and Bars
Ribs To Go Located at 2008 McDonough Road, Ribs to go is a great southern barbecue restaurant with delivery and takeout. The menu includes a wide selection of food, including their famous BBQ Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Beef Ribs, Grilled Catfish and Grilled Tilapia Fillet. There are many side dishes to choose from, as well as desserts and beverages. Open 7 days a week from 10:30am till 10:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am till 11:00pm. For more information or deliveries, phone: (770) 478-1004.
The Hampton House This famous and highly recommended restaurant is located at 29 East Main Street and is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. With a very southern style cooking and convenient buffet serving, this restaurant offers friendly service with a beautiful setting. The menu is very promising, tasty fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, homemade coleslaw and peach cobbler are just a sampling of their delicious dishes. For more information, phone: (770) 707-1466, or visit: http://www.thehamptonhouse.biz/
Uncle Sam's American Grill If you are not only looking for a great place to eat but also for lots of fun and entertainment this is the restaurant you must come to. Family and friends gather here for Bingo on Friday nights and Karaoke every other Saturday to perform and sing. Break the routine and enjoy having a tasty meal along with a lots of fun in a animated atmosphere. Uncle Sam's American Grill is located at 1 East Main Street in Hampton.
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