Welcome to Hampton-Pinckney
A fanciful neighborhood full of Victorian-Era homes
A charming neighborhood in the heart of Greenville, Hampton-Pinckney Historic District feels like stepping back in time. With friendly neighbors and architecture that goes all the way back to the 1800s, this community feels like a quintessential small town nestled in the middle of the city.
Hampton-Pinckney is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Greenville. The land was purchased in 1815, and the first home was built before the Civil War. It became popular thanks to its proximity to the trolley lines, but like many of its neighbors, Hampton-Pinckney experienced a dry spell after World War II. When it was named the city’s first historic district on the National Register in 1977, it experienced a burst of interest and new homeowners. In the decades since, it has continued to thrive as a dreamy peek into the area’s past.
The area is recognized as one of the most wonderfully maintained collections of Victorian architecture in the city. With homes in every style from Queen Anne and Craftsman to some Gothic Revival and Colonial, it’s a treasure trove of livable history.
What to Love
- Streets lined with gorgeous historic homes
- A handful of museums and theatres within walking distance
- Peaceful neighborhoods with a small-town feel
Hampton-Pinckney is a primarily residential area, thanks to its status as a historic district. However, most homes are within walking distance to restaurants and entertainment just beyond the neighborhood’s borders. Living here is a peaceful affair, laden with whimsy and history. It’s perfect for families and those who want to carry on the legacy of those who have called Greenville home from the beginning.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Hampton-Pinckney Historic District is mostly residential, so there are few commercial options within its borders. However, it has plenty of options within walking distance.
Menkoi Noodle House serves authentic Japanese noodle dishes such as udon, soba, and ramen. A local favorite, Roost, serves organic and seasonal fare in a sophisticated environment that is perfect for either a casual lunch or a special night out. Part cafe, part culinary wonderland, The Cook’s Station has a delicious menu and a smorgasbord of ingredients and appliances in their market. Whether you’re shopping, dining, or a mix of both, it’s sure to delight and inspire.
Need a vintage logo of your favorite team? The Vault is a hotspot for retro sports apparel, and it also carries clothing lines from a range of local Greenville artists. Greenville Gemstone Mine is a unique spot on Main Street. Full of fascinating treasures, shoppers can buy anything from trinkets to a fifteen-pound bucket of dirt and rocks from the Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine to sift through at home.
Things to Do
Much like its shopping and dining options, the best things to do in Hampton-Pinckney sit within walking distance just beyond the neighborhood’s borders.
Greenville County Library is an incredible library system with lots of community events, learning programs, and public gathering spaces to be utilized. At Sigal Music Museum, hundreds of instruments, both well known and more unique, are on display from iconic creators. Greenville and the surrounding area are steeped in history, and Upcountry History Museum is a space dedicated to exploring and preserving the stories of those who have gone before.
Greenville Theatre is the oldest and largest professional theater in the Upstate area. Every year, it boasts a new season full of musicals, comedies, and classics, as well as many special events throughout the year. The Cook’s Station is more than just a spot to shop and dine, it’s also a space to learn more about the culinary arts. They have a wide range of events, from cooking classes to luncheons.