Local legends claim that Hampstead, NC's namesake came from President George Washington on his summer tour of the newly formed southern states. President Washington stopped at a farmhouse for dinner and asked for fresh chicken, although all the farmers had was ham . . hence Hamstead or Hampstead. Even if there is no truth to this legend, it is documented as a historical marker that President Washington did tour the area on his southern tour after the war.
Modern day Hampstead is not only the "Seafood Capital of The World" has it likes to boast, it is also fast becoming a bedroom community of the largest city on the North Carolina coast, Wilmington, NC.
Hampstead offers many local businesses but also stores such as Sear's, Food Lion and CVS. The area also boasts several restaurants offer a range of food from seafood to barbecue. It is also home to the state's "Spot Festival" in the fall celebrating the run of spots (fish) in local waters.
The real estate market in Hampstead offers much for the retiree or daily commuter to Wilmington with waterfront neighborhoods such as Washington Acres, Forest Sound or Eagles Watch. Golfers will enjoy Olde Point, Topsail Greens or Castle Bay. Yes, Hampstead has three golf courses!