Wade Hampton Oak Tree

Long before the construction of the brick building on the corner, originally a post office, the oak was part of a grove that shaded the expansive front lawn of Thomas Beaty and his wife Mary. It was in the grove of oaks that former Confederate General, Wade Hampton, in his campaign for governor, delivered a speech to a crowd estimated at 2,000 in 1876. Hampton's election is considered to have ended the Reconstruction Era in South Carolina.

The Wade Hampton Oak is scientifically named Quercus Virginiana, also known as a Live Oak Tree. It seldom grows taller than 50 ft, but the horizontal spread of limbs can reach 150 ft. The Wade Hampton Oak has a circumference of 16 ft 2 in.

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Continue down Fifth Avenue until you get to the corner. Turn right and walk past the White House on your left. The next Historic Tour Stop is located on your left by the brick wall near the driveway of the house. Watch for traffic!


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