The Hampton Terrace drew the rich and the famous to North Augusta and had a large economic impact on the area, said organizers of the fourth annual Toast to the Hampton Terrace’s 14th Season – The Season That Never Was.
The event, organized by the Heritage Council of North Augusta, was held Saturday at the North Augusta Community Center in conjunction with the organization’s annual meeting.
“The hotel was huge,” said Brenda Baratto, the council’s president. The hotel had five floors and more than 300 rooms.
The Hampton Terrace opened in 1903 and burned Dec. 31, 1916. It was to open for its 14th season Jan. 4, 1917. The hotel was never rebuilt.
“It was fully booked for the upcoming season, that’s the sad thing,” said Baratto.
Saturday’s event featured speakers and more than 100 items from the Hampton Terrace that have been
collected over the years by local collectors and the Aiken County Historical Museum.
About 60 people attended the event.
Baratto said that she hopes the event provided interesting information and showcased just how important the hotel was to the city and the area.
“It was a special place, a special time,” she said. “Movers and shakers of the American economy, captains of industries, the rich and famous, they chose to come here. It’s really fascinating.”