A History of Charleston's Hampton Park

A History of Charleston's Hampton Park

by Kevin R. Eberle


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Most visitors to Charleston never venture far enough north to discover what residents claim as the most appealing public open space on the peninsula. Hampton Park is completely unexpected in this city famous for highly manicured gardens with clipped lawns, sculpted shrubs and precise designs hidden behind massive walls and iron gates. Hampton Park's naturalistic character was created as an antidote to the cramped conditions of the lower peninsula, and it still offers open fields of grass, walking trails, shade trees and overflowing flower beds. But the story is not that simple—it began more than three hundred years ago with Native Americans and involves early plantation life, Revolutionary War battles, horse racing, the Civil War, industrial development, civic spectacle, professional baseball, a zoo and disco.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609496241
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,189,045
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kevin Eberle is a professor at Charleston Law School, and he is the former president of the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood association, as well a past member of the board of directors of the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Native Americans and the Pre-Colonial Era 13

2 The Colonial Era 16

3 The Revolutionary War 22

4 The Washington Race Course 30

5 The Civil War and America's First Memorial Day 39

6 After the War 44

7 The South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition 52

8 Birth of a Park 70

9 The Citadel 99

10 Decline and Rebirth 106

Notes 119

Index 125

About the Author 127

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