Walking in the front door after a long day of work and realizing that people, families have walked in that same door for over 100 years must be a comforting thought. Owning a piece of the past, a piece of yesterday, and continuing the tradition of the families that came before yours is what Hampton-Pinckney residents do everyday.
The area now known as Hampton-Pinckney District was first purchased in 1815 by Vardry McBee, and the first house in the area was built by McBee’s son – Pinckney – prior to the Civil War.
The area emerged as one of the most desirable areas in Greenville due mostly to the fact that the trolley lines were located just one block away.
The trolley system covered Main, College, Buncombe, North and Pendleton Streets. The trolley lines would eventually serve Poe Mill, Woodside Mill, Monaghan Mill and even San Souci Country Club, which was the Greenville Country Club of that era.
The Hampton-Pinckney district is recognized as one of the finest remaining areas of Victorian architecture in Greenville. The dominant architectural styles are Queen Anne and Craftsman with some Gothic Revival, Colonial Revival, Italinate and even Prairie. The area was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, becoming Greenville’s first National Register District.
Like many of the urban neighborhoods of the era, the Hampton-Pinckney district fell into disrepair and began a period of decline between the end of World War II and the late 1970s. But, with the listing in the historic register and the urge of people to renovate older properties the area began to see a resurgence of interest and growth in the late ’70s.
Today the Hampton Pinckney Historic District is one of Greenville’s most distinctive neighborhoods and represents one of the most significant architectural resources in Greenville.
These homes listed above are just 16 examples of the amazing architectural compilation of the area and are examples of the Hampton-Pinckney District’s historic significance in Greenville. There are many more homes and styles listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Please note: Property addresses were intentionally omitted as most of these properties are privately owned.
City of Greenville Video about the district: