North Augusta in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hampton Terrace Hotel
The Hampton Terrace Hotel, an exclusive winter resort, stood atop this hill from 1903 to 1916. The $536,000, 5-story hotel boasted more than 300 rooms and was the dream of James U. Jackson (1856-1925), founder of North Augusta. A private railway connected the hotel to major railroads. This, and its reputation as one of the finest hotels in the South, made the Hampton Terrace a leading destination for winter visitors.
Guests enjoyed orchestra concerts in the music room and dancing in the hotel's magnificent ballroom. Other amusements included riding, hunting, tennis, an 18-hole golf course, billiards, and shuffleboard. Notable visitors included Marshall Field, Harvey Firestone, and John D. Rockefeller. President-elect William Howard Taft was the guest of honor at a banquet here in 1909. The hotel burned on New Year's Eve 1916.
Erected 2000 by Heritage Council of North Augusta. (Marker Number 2-17.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 33° 30.124′ N, 81° 58.166′ W. Marker is in North Augusta, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is on Carolina Avenue north of West Arlington Heights, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Augusta SC 29841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Augusta (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meriwether Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Urquhart Jackson (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Martintown Road (approx. half a mile away); Grenada • Panama • Persian Gulf Tribute (approx. ¾ mile away); Viet Nam War Tribute (approx. ¾ mile away); Korean War Tribute (approx. ¾ mile away); World War II Tribute (approx. ¾ mile away); World War I Tribute (approx. ¾ mile away); Spanish American War Tribute (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Augusta.
Also see . . . North Augusta history. The Hampton Terrace was a huge hotel that burned down on New Years Eve of 1916. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,451 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.