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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.

High Hampton Vacation Rental Homes

February 14th, 2011 by Staff

noble-vacation-rental-homeMany of our guests are familiar with our cottages and inn rooms, but did you know High Hampton Inn also offers 35 spacious vacation homes for rent? Ranging in size from two bedrooms to six bedrooms, they can accommodate couples for a romantic weekend, a group of friends looking to relax, or a family for a fun reunion weekend.

Guests staying in the vacation homes have access to all of High Hampton Inn’s amenities. Miles of hiking trails, mountain golf and tennis, exciting workshops and House Parties, summer children programs, and a European spa with a variety of relaxing treatment options offer something for everyone to enjoy. The 35-acre Hampton Lake is great for spending a summer day boating, fishing or swimming.

Rental homes are situated in a variety of locations and offer a number of spectacular sights. From lush green forests and lake views to golf course and mountain views, each home offers a unique glimpse into the landscape that makes up beautiful Cashiers, North Carolina. All homes are fully furnished and include a living room with cable or satellite TV and a fireplace, fully-equipped kitchens, patios or decks, and outdoor grills. Large picture windows let in let in natural light and cathedral ceilings open up the space. Some home are even pet-friendly so your four-legged companions can accompany you on your mountain adventure.

If you want to experience high country cuisine at its finest, take your meals in the High Hampton Dining Room. Meals are served buffet-style three times a day and feature fresh local produce, mouth-watering Southern staples like friend chicken and mountain trout, homemade sides, and an eye-popping dessert display with cakes, pies, puddings, mousses and fresh-baked cookies. If you do plan on having dinner at High Hampton, men are asked to wear coats and ties and ladies are asked to dress accordingly. This is a favored High Hampton tradition that has been going strong for 89 years! Stay tuned for news about the opening of the Hampton Market.

The mountain vacation homes can be reserved through High Hampton reservation office for three-day, weekly or longer reservations, with or without meals at the Inn. Rental home rates include full daily housekeeping (except for dish washing) and a $50 per day amenity fee, which grants access to High Hampton’s plethora of activities.

To see images and videos of the available homes, please visit our listed properties page for further details on rates and availability.