High Hampton Now & Then

When High Hampton Inn opens its doors for the 2014 Season, the resort will mark its 92th anniversary! On the following pages, images captured from decades past are presented alongside those taken from days ago to illustrate the sense of timelessness for which High Hampton Inn is known and loved by generation after generation. We hope these images will jog your own fond memories!

Memories and families are at the core of High Hampton. In its history, the estate has known only three different families as proprietors, starting in the mid-nineteenth century when General Wade Hampton, who would later become governor of South Carolina and then a U.S. Senator, purchased the property.

In the 1850s, it took the Hampton family several days and several modes of transportation to reach their beloved summer escape from their home in Columbia. The Hamptons held great gatherings, and guests enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding and outdoor pursuits on the family estate.

In 1890, Caroline Hampton, niece of Wade Hampton, married Dr. William Stewart Halsted, chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins famous for his superior surgical techniques and a pioneer in the use of anesthesia. Enthralled with the beauty of the land, Dr. Halsted renamed the property "High Hampton" after his family's ancestral estate in England, "High Halsted." Avid horticulturists, perhaps the Halsteds’ most colorful contribution to High Hampton is the incredible dahlia garden which blooms from late July until the first frost.

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. The first to open High Hampton to the public, the McKees constructed a two-story inn, the golf course and a tennis court. Tragically, a fire in 1932 destroyed the Hampton Hunting Lodge, the Inn and the Halsted home. The new Inn, completed in 1933 and built on the site of the Hampton Hunting Lodge, is what our guests enjoy today. Larger than the original Inn, it has three stories, a majestic four-sided fireplace and 30 guestrooms.

Much has occurred since the Hamptons first visited, but were they to return to High Hampton today, they might find that although the journey has changed, the destination has retained the charms that initially lured them to this serene mountain escape.

To reserve you place in history, please call 1 (800) 334-2551.

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