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Hampstead, North Carolina
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Pender
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,083
ZIP codes 28443
Area code(s) 910

Hampstead is an unincorporated community in Pender County, North Carolina, United States. It is located between Wilmington and Jacksonville on U.S. Route 17.

Hampstead is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Hampstead was named after Hampstead, in England.

The Belvidere Plantation House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Expansion

Pender County is developing and expanding its county water system for the Hampstead area and is planning to add a sewer system in the future. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed a bypass around Hampstead that ties in to the new I-140 bypass around Wilmington to the south and west.

The Hampstead area has also upgraded Highway 17 to a four-lane road, to reduce traffic problems as the area grows larger.

Community

Every year, the last weekend in September, Hampstead holds the North Carolina Spot Festival. With thousands in attendance and over 6,000 "Spot" dinner plates served annually, the festival is the largest fundraiser for Topsail schools and the community. There is also an annual scholarship pageant held in conjunction with the Festival, which crowns eight North Carolina girls to represent the Festival for the year. The 2016 title holders are Baby Miss Lillianna Hill, Mini Miss Cambri Lankas, Tiny Miss Bailey Smith, Little Miss Ava Harris, Mermaid Miss Josie Boyd, Young Miss Kaylee Jernigan, Teen Miss Chloe Castles and Miss Brooklynn Heltsley. The Relay For Life is a walkathon sponsored by local groups to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Hampstead Expo is an event sponsored by the Greater Hampstead Chamber of Commerce that brings local businesses together with the people of the community, encouraging local people to support their local businesses.


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