History of Hampton Heights

The history of the Hampton Heights neighborhood in Spartanburg, SC, reflects the story of inner-city neighborhoods throughout the United States.

Hampton Heights was founded in the 1880's and '90's on a tract of farmland about a mile south of the center of Spartanburg. The first residents were upper middle-class business and professional people who built large Victorian homes, including a number in the style that became known as Queen Anne. In the early decades of the twentieth century, these Victorian houses gave way to an explosion of Arts and Crafts bungalows. This was a comfortable neighborhood filled with children who played ball in the empty lots and skated up and down sidewalks lined with oak trees.

Fast forward to the late twentieth century. Hampton Heights, now considered an inner-city neighborhood, was struggling with blight and neglect. Then in the early 1980's, refusing to accept pronouncements that the neighborhood was dead, a new generation of homeowners joined with long-time residents to begin the process of renewal.

The twenty-first century Hampton Heights is a wonderfully diverse and lively neighborhood with a core of residents who love their homes and who have worked hard to preserve the spirit of this exciting community—and whose children skate up and down the tree lined sidewalks.

The Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association (HHNA) provides a collective voice when expressing concerns to the City, a source for information on area community events, and builds a stronger sense of neighborhood community through fun neighborhood events. Any household in the Hampton Heights neighborhood is welcome to join.

The HHNA Board members meet nine to twelve times a year to organize neighborhood events and plan responses to neighborhood concerns. Meetings are typically held the third Tuesday of the month.

Thank You!

The Board of Directors of the Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association

The center of Hampton Heights is located at West Hampton Avenue, Spartanburg, SC. The neighborhood includes Willow Oaks and Irwin Parks, Montessori Academy of Spartanburg and Spartanburg Prep School, and Southside Baptist Church. The community is in walking distance to the heart of downtown Spartanburg, SC.

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