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Live music, craft beer, food trucks, and more!

WHY PORCHFEST?

The first annual Porchfest brings an afternoon of local musicians, food, and good times to Spartanburg’s Historic Hampton Heights. The street festival is free and open to all and features musical performances from the historic porches on West Hampton Avenue, with the oldest dating to the 1890's.


Porchfest's purpose is to highlight Spartanburg’s oldest neighborhood, the last remaining collection of homes that have retained their architectural integrity from the early 20th century. Spotlighting Spartanburg’s rich history and featuring eclectic local music, food, and beverage makes for an afternoon filled with reasons why We Love Where We Live!.
 

Proceeds from the festival will support initiatives to preserve and beautify the Hampton Heights Historic District and surrounding community. 

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PORCH LINEUP

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175 West Hampton Ave. (c. 1913)

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A bit of history...

Mr. and Mrs. Milton W. Howard had this grand Neoclassical home built for $10,000. Like many early Hampton Heights residents, Milton Howard was very involved with the Methodist church and for a time he was the state president of the Epworth League, a society for young adult Methodists. He was active in the congregations of both Bethel and El Bethel, the “one day church” that had been built in a single day, May 1, 1912. Mr. Howard was a traveling shoe salesman and held a record for his sales, bringing a quarter of a million dollars in revenue to the Brown Shoe Company in 1916. Dr. Hugh D. Ward, who led public health services in the city during the 1918 flu pandemic also lived here during his time in Spartanburg. In later years, the house was divided into apartments and served as a day care school during the 1960s and 1970s. It was restored to a single-family home in 1999.

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200 West Hampton Ave. (c. 1903)

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A bit of history...

In 1890, several prominent Spartanburg families purchased land around the corner of Spring and Hampton Avenue proposing to “form a colony and build fine residences on the beautiful lots.” Among them were Dr. Thomas H. Law, a longtime Presbyterian minister, whose house stood on Spring Street where the Montessori Academy now stands. Two of his sons would also build houses in the neighborhood, including this one built soon after the turn of the 20th century by Andrew M. Law. Mr. Law was a stockbroker, financial advisor, insurance agent, a member of Spartanburg’s city council, and briefly president of Enoree Mills. This home’s eclectic style and spacious grounds have had a distinctive presence in Hampton Heights ever since. The Laws sold the house to the Harris family in 1925. Mrs. Martha Harris continued to live here until her death in 1994. It was very recently restored by the current owners.

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251 West Hampton Ave. (c. 1908)

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A bit of history...

This home was built for Leonard and Olive Bennett within a year of their marriage. The Bennetts, originally natives of Reidville and Greer, were close friends of Dr. and Mrs. Oliver Leonard, whose 1904 home stands next door. The Bennetts lived with the Leonards after their honeymoon. Mr. Bennett was elected Spartanburg County Clerk of Court while the house was under construction and remained in that role until 1920. He also managed a farm on the Tyger River and was a co-owner of Bennett Brothers Garage on Broad Street, one of the first automobile dealerships in the city. The house, which has classical and craftsman style influences, was modified in 1914 to accommodate a larger second story. In 1928, Mr. Bennett was elected Sheriff and served in that role until his death in 1931. Shortly after Mr. Bennett’s death, the house was sold and divided into apartments. The present owners, Laura and Will Ringo, did much of the work themselves to restore the home to its present state.

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182 West Hampton Ave. (c. 1903)

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A bit of history...

Soon after she’d become a widow, Mrs. Rosa Adela Lucas Ball moved from her home on Spring Street to this Queen Anne home she had built on West Hampton. Earlier in her life, Rosa had been one of the many Civil War refugees who fled turmoil in the Lowcountry and chose to resettle in Spartanburg. Later, this was the home of the J. W. Allen family, several of whom were physicians and two of whom held the title “Miss Spartanburg,” in 1927 and 1931. Beginning in 1990, the home was meticulously restored by Vic and Linda Bilanchone. Vic’s stained glass handiwork is visible on the front door and in a number of windows throughout the house.

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229 West Hampton Ave. (c. 1899)

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A bit of history...

This vibrant Queen Anne was one of the first homes to be built in Hampton Heights, even predating the naming of West Hampton Avenue, which was called Morgan Avenue in the original deed. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lucas were its first owners. Mr. Lucas was a Wofford College graduate active in the textile industry, later serving as president of Laurens Mills and Watts Mills. Mrs. Cora Cox Lucas had a major role in Spartanburg’s music history. For decades, Converse College hosted the South Atlantic States Music Festival, a multi-day event highlighting classical musicians from across the globe between the 1890s and the 1930s. Mrs. Lucas, an accomplished pianist, served for a time as president of the festival and later as president of the South Carolina Music Association. In later years, this was the home of the John Lowry and Oren Brady families. Oren Brady was a deputy sheriff of Spartanburg County before becoming the first director of SLED, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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269 West Hampton Ave. (c. 1895)

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A bit of history...

One of the three homes in Hampton Heights built by the Irwin brothers, this is the quintessential home of the neighborhood. Its original owner, Arthur Irwin, was a pharmacist, the youngest, and perhaps most architecturally daring of the three Irwin brothers. The same year this home was built, the Irwins planted water oaks all along West Hampton and many of the other streets in the neighborhood. Only a few of these original trees remain standing, though later generations of oaks have joined them. In the summer of 2010, this home suffered a catastrophic fire, which gutted the attic and much of the rear of the house. Many neighbors remember the terrible dread that we might lose one of Spartanburg’s most iconic homes. Fortunately, its owners, Vivian Fisher and Jim Newcome, were safe and resolved that a full restoration would take place. It was the same dedication that led Vivian to work so fervently for Hampton Heights’s National Register designation in the early 1980s, its protection through a city ordinance granting local historic status, and decades of research and writing to compile a book on the history of the neighborhood. Jim and Vivian’s love of Hampton Heights shines through their lovely Queen Anne home.

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Everything You Need to Know 

FAQs

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How much does it cost?

  • Thanks to our sponsors, Porchfest is free to all. Beverages, food, and merchandise are available for purchase.

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Where can I park?

  • Parking is available at the Spartanburg Prep School. Or park downtown and walk 5 minutes down South Spring Street.

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What should I bring?

  • A lightweight chair or blanket

  • Your reusable water bottle (free refill stations will be provided)

  • Cash or credit card (and your ID) if you'd like to enjoy a drink or food from the street vendors. And don't forget your limited edition Porchfest t-shirt!

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What are the rules?

  • Pull up a chair on the lawn, but please be respectful of our porch host’s property.

  • Dispose of your trash/recycling in the bins provided.

  • No coolers please.

  • Please leave your pets at home for this one.

  • Follow all city ordinances – specifically, do not walk with an open container on any streets or sidewalks not blocked for the event.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

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Founded in 1989, the W. Lewis White Company, Inc. is one of Spartanburg's premier residential and commercial real estate firms. Much of their success is the result of total commitment to their clients and a unique insight into the complex and ever-changing real estate market in South Carolina's upstate.

A special thank you to our neighbor and friend, Jeanne Thompson. Jeanne has over 30 years of experience in the real estate business and is a proponent for Hampton Heights and historic preservation.

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PORCH SPONSORS

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FRIEND SPONSORS

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Interested in becoming a Sponsor? Contact us below!

Or support our initiatives directly with a tax deductible donation.

Funds being raised will benefit the Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association - Anne Irwin Memorial Fund [0177], a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation, a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).

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