May 2018

Explore South Carolina: Hampton

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Just up the road a stretch from Hilton Head Island and Bluffton is the epitome of small town, USA. For a pleasant Sunday drive, hop in the car and head up scenic SC Highway 462 to Hampton, SC.The town, named after Wade Hampton III, a confederate General in the Civil War, takes up all of five square miles in the heart of South Carolina.

Floral Jumpsuit – $68
Earrings – $24
Available at Fab’rk

Cupcakes & Cashmere Top – $105,
Show Me Your Mumu Shorts – $110,
Fringe Clutch – $75,
Wrap Bracelet – $170,
Earrings – $58
Available at Coastal Bliss

The Hampton Auto Center
The Hampton Auto Center is a great place to chat and watch the world go by. Which is exactly what we did with William and Chris.It’s also a good place to get a flat tire fixed…or to get an alignment after traversing too many potholes on back country South Carolina roads.

Necklace – $74,
Lauren James Dress – $68
Available at Too Belles Boutique

Lavender Brown Dress – $170,
Kooringal Hat – $49.95,
Hobo Clutch – $128,
Coast 2 Coast Necklace – $162,
Coast 2 Coast Earrings – $42,
Dolce Vita Shoes – $90
Available at Radiance

The Palmetto Theater
The Palmetto Theater opened in 1946 and became one of the social centers of Hampton County.In the 1980’s, lack of attendance caused the theater to close.It was not until 1989 that local productions were again presented in this original art deco style theater and the county formed the Hampton County Arts Council to operate the theater.

Julienne’s Espresso Café
If it’s a cappuccino you crave or a light lunch and some peace and quiet, dip into Julienne’s Espresso Café on Lee Avenue. Situated right next to a ladies clothing boutique, it a great place to sit a spell and read or visit with friends.

Yumi Kim Dress – $198,
Earrings – $18,
DIFF Sunglasses – $85
Available at Traveling Chic Boutique

Toms Shoes – $70,
Leather Bracelet – $30,
Earrings – $30,
Pineapple Bag – $21,
Olivaceous Dress – $74
Available at Gigi’s

Fun Fact!
Since 1939 Hampton has hosted the Hampton County Watermelon Festival, held the third week of June. From the beginning the festival has been a celebration of Hampton County, timed to the melon harvest every summer. This year’s festival runs from June 15-24 and includes a youth parade, Mud Run, several arts & crafts contests, a bluegrass concert, fishing, a carnival, and (obviously) a watermelon eating contest. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

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