409 Old Woodlands Rd., Columbia, South Carolina


Woodlands, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Woodlands is historically significant for its association with the Hampton family, in particular Harry R.E. Hampton (1897-1980), a leading journalist and conservationist in the state; it is architecturally significant as an outstanding and well-preserved example of Folk Victorian domestic architecture. Woodlands is a cross-gable roofed, two-story farmhouse built in 1896 by Frank Hampton, Jr. (1856-1926), the great-grandson of Wade Hampton I, who at the time of his death in 1835 was one of the wealthiest men in the country. The house was a gift to Frank Hamptonís new bride Gertrude Ruffini Elliott Gonzales. Gertrude was the sister of N.G., Ambrose E., and William E. Gonzales, who in 1891 founded The State, South Carolinaís largest and most influential newspaper. After the death of Frank Hampton, Jr. in 1926, Woodlands fell to his second son, Harry R.E. Hampton, who lived at Woodlands until his death in 1980. Harry Hampton held several positions within the family newspaper, and was a strong advocate for environmental issues. He was a pioneer in advocating the protection of natural resources against development and pollution. The wood frame house features both classical and Victorian ornamentation. The most prominent architectural features that make Woodlands distinctive-the grand two-tiered porch, large double-hung sash windows, and decorative interior woodwork-all remain particularly intact. The historic detached kitchen (1896) is situated in its original location to the rear of the house. Listed in the National Register February 1, 2006. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 2006
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Folk Victorian
Areas of significance
Architecture; Conservation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1896; 1897
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" and Imported Photo
  • October 20, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller