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Hampton in Hampton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

American Legion Hut

 
 
American Legion Hut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. American Legion Hut Marker
Inscription. (Front text)
This 1933 cypress-log hut is the headquarters of American Legion Post #108. Legionnaires and other local citizens cut cypress trees for it, designed it, and built it, with funding from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, a Depression-era federal program. State Senator George Warren donated this one-acre site to the Town of Hampton, which deeded it to American Legion Post #108 in 1940.
(Reverse text)
This building, described at its opening as “one of the most beautiful in the state,” hosted Friday night dances for many years. During World War II it was a dining hall for German prisoners of war held nearby. The hut, a fine example of vernacular log construction and long a center of social and cultural events in Hampton County, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
 
Erected 2010 by The American Legion Post #108. (Marker Number 25-16.)
 
Location. 32° 52.334′ N, 81° 7.07′ W. Marker is in Hampton, South Carolina, in Hampton County. Marker is on Jackson Avenue near Hoover Street South, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton SC 29924, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
American Legion Hut Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
2. American Legion Hut Marker, reverse side
walking distance of this marker. World War II POW Camp (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hampton Colored School (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Hampton Colored School (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Washington Moore House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plywoods - Plastics Corporation / Westinghouse Micarta Division (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Hampton High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); All Wars Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hampton County (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hampton.
 
Regarding American Legion Hut. The American Legion Hut is a one-story, T-shaped cypress log building with a truss roof constructed in 1933. The Hut was constructed as and continues to be a meeting hall for the Hampton American Legion Post 108 as well as serving as a site for civic and social events. Local workers built the Hut supported by funds from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, a federal agency that provided loans for work relief projects during the Great Depression. Construction began on May 8, 1933, and the hut was formally opened to the public on August 2, 1933. The exterior walls of the building were constructed of saddle-notched cypress logs with a white mortar chinking and rest on a brick pier foundation. The hip roof is covered with asphalt shingles. Vaney
American Legion Hut and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
3. American Legion Hut and Marker
National Register of Historic Places: American Legion Hut (added 2000 - Building - #00001235) Historic Significance: Event •
Area of Significance: Social History •
Period of Significance: 1925-1949 •
Owner: Private •
Historic Function: Social •
Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall •
Bowers and his brother Dee Bowers, both of Hampton County, cut and skinned the cypress logs used to build the cabin. They pulled the logs on mule-driven carts to the construction site. The American Legion Hut in Hampton has served continuously as a meeting place not only for Legion members, but also for community functions such as school dances, town festivals, family reunions, and veterans’ remembrance services. Listed in the National Register October 27, 2000. (South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
American Legion Hut Marker, seen looking northwest along Jackson Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
4. American Legion Hut Marker, seen looking northwest along Jackson Avenue
American Legion Hut Marker, looking southeast, near the intersection of Jackson Ave. & Hoover St. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
5. American Legion Hut Marker, looking southeast, near the intersection of Jackson Ave. & Hoover St.
American Legion Hut main entrance image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 2000
6. American Legion Hut main entrance
American Legion Hut main room image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 2000
7. American Legion Hut main room
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 586 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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