Welcome to Hampstead


Hampstead, reportedly named after Hampstead, England by George Mallard (the first postmaster) is known for being a community-oriented town with long history including George Washington touring our little town in 1791. “Washington was traveling south from New Bern. From the vicinity of modern-day Holly Ridge, his route roughly followed what is now U.S. 17. Writing in his journal for April 1791, the president described the area as “the most barren country I ever beheld, especially in the parts nearest (Wilmington), which is no other than a bed of white sand.”  We can’t say that anymore! A growing community, we’ve grown from 350 in 1940 to over 17,000 in the US Census of 2010. Why?

There are so many answers to that question. First, the BEACH! Hampstead is approximately fifteen minutes from “downtown” Surf City. Sandy beaches, fishing, amazing restaurants! Second, our award winning schools bring people to our area every year. Families move to our area just to be a part of our school system. Third, community! From the Spot Festival every September to the Dolphin Dip in January to our Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue on Topsail Island, our community comes together for one another, our schools, and our environment. Fourth, we are a “suburb” of Wilmington, NC, a historical city on the Cape Fear River known for restaurants, shopping, a terrific standard of living for its residents, and more.

What to do? Fish, kayak, boat, stroll the Wilmington River Walk, watch our kids enjoy playing baseball through the Topsail Baseball Club, Topsail Girls Softball, and other sports such as soccer and football at Kiwanis Park, watch those same children put their basketball skills to work through Topsail Basketball Association. And of course, there are the sports programs for our children through the school system. There are even programs for seniors through our senior center. Bike the trails at Blue Clay Bike Park in Castle Hayne, only a few miles west. Tour the USS North Carolina and Ft. Fisher Aquarium, check out the Cape Fear Museum among several others in Wilmington, on Topsail Island, and Burgaw. Did I say we have restaurants? Yummolicious restaurants from Kure Beach to the south to North Topsail on the island. And don’t forget Holly Shelter Game Land.  If you had come to our little town in 1791, you may have won a mule in a fiddling contest!





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