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Sunday Fun Day Hampton Plantation

Uncle Ricky’s moss is in need of a trim!

Last week some friends and i went to Hampton Plantation down near Charleston SC to leave a Geocache.  just in case you do not know anything about Hampton or Geocaching here’s some info………….
Tucked away among live oaks and magnolias in the Santee Delta region, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation. The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve as an interpretive site for the system of slavery that helped build such plantations in South Carolina into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history.

The property also tells the story of the freed people who made their homes in the Santee Delta region for generations after emancipation. Visitors can explore the mansion, wander the plantation grounds or look out upon Wambaw Creek at the remains of rice fields that once stretched as far as the eye could see.

Hampton inspired the works of a South Carolina poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge, who lived here and gave it to the people of South Carolina as a legacy.  The site is a National Historic Landmark.”  A side note George Washington stayed here in 1791, and during his visit a storm blew in, and the next day among other things he replanted a baby live oak tree now it is one of the giant oak trees in the front lawn.  1


this is where the cache is hidden.

a bit about “GEOCACHING is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.” 2

Shark takes photo of mushroom.
Bearded Tooth Mushroom,
Hericium erinaceus Mushroom

So we set a new Cache for people to find, and in the process Red found a 10 pound Hericium erinaceus Mushroom [Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Hedgehog Mushroom] Boy was he proud! i must say its the largest mushroom or and single specimen of an eatable plant i’ve ever seen, “once i dug up a wild sweet potato” but it was not 10lb!

Billy knocks to see if anyone is home.

Very close to Hampton Plantation is ST. JAMES SANTEE, PLANTATION PARISH

Isolated St. James Santee Parish has been eclipsed frequently in South Carolina

history by both Charleston and Georgetown. Yet it is a vital historical link
between the two and this oversight makes their history incomplete. Much of the
wealth that built many of Charleston’s buildings and institutions had its

A very old graveyard

origins in the indigo, cotton, and rice culture of the St. James Santee Parish
area – basically the area near McClellanville and Jamestown in South Carolina.

In 1706 St. James Santee Parish was incorporated into the Church of England and
was the first parish organized outside of Charleston. The region reached its
zenith after Jonathan Lucas built the first water powered rice mill c. 1787 at
Peach Tree Plantation. This mill did for the rice culture what the cotton gin
did for cotton. After the Civil War, St. James Santee’s plantation world

collapsed and the struggle of its inhabitants to survive was a poignant and
tragic story.3

Just off Highway 17 South (north of McClellanville), on a dirt road (the old Georgetown Highway) in what seems like the middle of nowhere, you finally come to the St. James Santee Parish Church, often called ‘the Brick Church’ or ‘the Brick Church at Wambaw’. 4

Library of Congress, Historic Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record – St. James Santee Church, 18 black & white images.
National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form – St James Church, Santee.

National Historic Landmarks Program – St. James Church, Santee.
St. James-Santee Episcopal Church – History of the “Brick Church”.


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