Originally called Bear Creek, Hampton incorporated in 1873. The city honors General Wade Hampton of South Carolina.
Home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton receives more visitors than any other city in the county, and AMS races draw more visitors than any other sporting event in the state.
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Place, Hampton’s unusual train depot is graced with ornate brick detailing and boasts fireproof brick – an oddity during the 1880s.
Large employers in the area include Southern States, which manufactures high-voltage disconnects for the electric industry, and the Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center, which serves the southeastern United States. Corporate jets land at Tara Field, adjacent to Atlanta Motor Speedway.