This list of facts about Hampton Park in Charleston, SC, was compiled by neighborhood resident Kevin Eberle and posted on Facebook on May 31, 2012, by Marshall Walker. I'm reposting them here to make this valuable community knowledge easier to find via Web search later, once the original post inevitably disappears into the proprietary memory-hole that is Facebook... dc
On the subject of Hampton Park, did you know:
• That it was originally the “front yard” of a large plantation called “The Grove” which spread from Rutledge Ave. to the Ashley River and had a large, masonry house on the bluff overlooking the river with an avenue of trees in both directions, a large fish pond on one side, and an orange grove (hence, Grove St.)?
• That the park area was used as a staging area during the Siege of Charleston of 1780, the worst defeat of the colonists during the Revolutionary War?
• That the plantation was destroyed during the Revolutionary War, and the land was divided up for sale since the couple who lived there had had no children?
• That the South Carolina Jockey Club bought a large portion of the land and operated the Washington Race Course there for almost 80 years, during which time it was the most important social week of the year each February?