The Historic Legacy of High Hampton
Homeowners in the High Hampton private community share in a rich tradition dating back to the early 1800s, when General Wade Hampton III purchased this magnificent mountain estate as a high-country home for his family.
Like our homeowners today, General Hampton — who later became the Governor of South Carolina — and his family relished their time each year at High Hampton. Savoring the cool summer temperatures, they delighted in sharing family time together, and pursued the endless recreational pleasures that abound in these pristine mountains, lush forests, and crystal clear waters.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the High Hampton estate — now High Hampton Resort — later passed on to Hampton family relative Dr. William Halsted, renowned pioneering surgeon and anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Halsted and his wife were passionate gardeners, and the Halsted’s contributions of an heirloom dahlia garden and exotic trees continue to delight generations of families today.
After the doctor and his wife passed in 1922, an industrialist inspired by the beautiful grounds purchased the property, officially opening its doors as an Inn and family resort that year. Gertrude Dills, wife of the new owner E. L. McKee, was North Carolina's first female State Senator, and the couple entertained many fellow legislators, friends and family there.
Construction of a new Inn and several cottages began in 1932 after a fire destroyed the original. The Inn that welcomes guests today is larger than the original, with three stories, a majestic four-sided fireplace and distinctive exterior shingled in local chestnut bark.
What began as the Hampton family retreat in the 1830s continues today as a cherished mountain haven for generations of resort guests and High Hampton homeowners, who share in our storied past as they create their own family history here, and look forward to High Hampton's exciting future.