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A beautiful and picturesque village resting just between Wilmington and Jacksonville, Hampstead is ideal for those looking for the laid back life away from the busyness of a city. Initially just a small fishing village and stop along the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Hampstead is today one of the fastest growing areas in Southeastern North Carolina, with a population near 12,000. Hampstead is perfect for young families, retirees, and everyone in between as the affordability and quiet atmosphere blends perfectly with the convenience and attraction of the nearby cities.
Hampstead offers a variety of attractions. Of these one of the most popular is Poplar Grove Plantation. One of the oldest existing peanut plantations in North Carolina, Poplar Grove opened as a museum in 1980 and remains a beloved and frequently visited attraction today.
Tying in to its fishing village roots, there are also numerous activities for those who love the water. Hampstead is equipped with a full-service marina and boatyard. Claiming the title of "Seafood Capital of the Carolinas", Hampstead also holds the annual Spot Festival each September. This long-held tradition celebrates one of the most plentiful and favorite fish of the area. Lying just across the sound from Topsail Island, residents have easy access to miles of pristine beaches perfect for relaxation and activity. Easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway provides yet another outlet for fishing and boating in Hampstead.
With over a dozen golf courses within a 10-minutes drive, Hampstead is also perfect for those with a love for the sport. Beautifully maintained and comparably affordable to the courses in neighboring areas, the greens in Hampstead are an attractive attribute of the area.
The diverse and unbeatable attractions of Hampstead make it a truly unique area in the Cape Fear region.
As a part of Pender County, there are three elementary schools in Hampstead, namely North Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, and Topsail Elementary. There is one middle school, Topsail Middle School and one high school, Topsail High School. With graduation rates that exceed state and local rates, Pender County Schools are made up of great teams of dedicated educators devoted to the success of students.
As a result of its rapid population growth, the commercial trade in Hampstead is flourishing and strong. Several national chain restaurants have recently been attracted to the area. The Hampstead community also is a strong supporter of local businesses. The Hampstead Expo is an event sponsored by the Greater Hampstead Chamber of Commerce that seeks to spotlight local vendors and encourage residents to support local businesses.
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