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All About the Hampton-Pinckney Historic District - Greenville, SC

Everyone recognizes downtown Greenville for its up and coming businesses, beautiful new buildings, and rising popularity, however, the history of the city runs deep. The Hampton-Pinckney District is a beautiful slice of Greenville that may have the perfect home for your family.


The Hampton-Pinckney Neighborhood was first purchased in 1815 by Vardry McBee. The 11,028 acres of land are now the center of Greenville. McBee was known as the “Father of Greenville” when he established a mill on the Reedy River and played an important role in the city’s development. He donated land for the Greenville Male and Female Academies, and for the city’s first four churches. The first house was built by McBee’s son Pinckney before the Civil War.


Hampton-Pinckney was actually the first “trolley car” neighborhood in Greenville. The trolley car lines were only one block from the neighborhood, and most of the homes were built within the district due to the convenience of the trolley. In the 1890s, part of the land McBee left to his family in his will was subdivided into residential lots. During WWI, the production of cloth for uniforms and other war materials kept the mill industry thriving and brought on a strong economy for the area in the 1920s.


Today, the Hampton-Pinckney Historic District is known as one of the oldest in town neighborhoods, and the homes are beautifully crafted in the architectural styles of Queen Anne and Craftsman, with some Gothic Revival, Colonial Revival, Italiate, and Prairie. The neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, becoming Greenville’s first National Register District. The neighborhood was also named the first locally designated Preservation Overlay District in 1977.


The district adheres to a set of design guidelines specifically written to match the historical and architectural significance of the district. These homes are a gorgeous reminder of our past and the start of Greenville as we know it.


If you are interested in moving to the Hampton-Pinckney Historic District, contact David Locke today! We will work together to get you into the Victorian home of your dreams right in the city.

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