Welcome to the City of Hampton!
The City of Hampton, Florida, located about six miles south of
Starke was incorporated in 1893 and has gone through phases of boom
and busy throughout its history. Hampton was known as Crossroads
primary because the Atlantic-to-Gulf railroad was built through the
area in 1859 and the settlement grew up around it. Good farmland
prompted further settlement and several small stores were
established. A second railroad, the Georgia-Southern and Florida
Rail Line, passed through town a little later and prompted a boom.
Crossroads was renamed Hampton when the first post office was
established in 1882. The town of Hampton, Florida was named after a
10-year-old boy, Hampton Terry, whose father owned a farm near the
The town of Hampton, Florida was incorporated in 1893, but it
also allowed its charter to lapse and had to be reincorporated in
1911 and 1925. The Big Freeze adversely affected Hampton's
economy-as it did any town which relied on oranges and other
agricultural crops and caused an end to the boom. Rapid use of
timber in the area led to an exhaustion of the crop and a decline of
the timber industry around Hampton. With the timber and oranges
declining, farmers turned to cotton and strawberries. The town once
had two cotton gins in operation. Hampton struggled to survive but
as cars replaced trains as the main mode of travel, Hampton
declined. Road 13 (now US 301) was re-routed and bypassed Hampton.
The road had a curve called the Hampton Curve, which was considered
dangerous and the State Road Department re-routed Road 13 in the
1930's to straighten the curve.
Hampton appeared to be dying, but when Camp Blanding's boom hit
the area, the small town near Starke also benefited. Troops were
carried to the camp on the train and their families rented rooms and
homes in the town. When Blanding's boom ended, however, Hampton
subsided back into the sleepy little hamlet it is today.
If you need to get in touch with us you may reach us at
City Hall or email and
For public records
requests please contact:
Mary Lou Hildreth,
Records Management Liaison Officer
City of Hampton
P. O. Drawer 250
Hampton, FL 32044
The City of Hampton City
Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 at City
Hall, 5784 Navarre Ave.
Hampton, FL 32044
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