Hampstead, North Carolina
|Hampstead, North Carolina|
There are three elementary schools, North Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, and Topsail Elementary. There is one middle school named Topsail Middle School and one high school, Topsail High School, which is located right next to Topsail Middle and within walking distance of the Hampstead Branch Library.
The area has three golf courses: Castle Bay, Olde Point Golf and Country Club and the Belvedere Plantation.
The Hampstead area is served by two volunteer fire departments: Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department and Sloop Point Volunteer Fire Department. Hampstead also has the Topsail Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Hampstead is also served by Pender EMS for medical emergencies and the Pender County Sheriff’s Department.
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.
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 two North Carolina girls to represent the Festival for the year. The 2013-2014 titleholders are: Samantha Romero, NC Spot Festival Queen and Savannah Shirley, NC Spot Festival Princess. 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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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Hampstead Chamber of Commerce
- City-Data Information about Hampstead Area
- Hampstead NC InsiderInfo.us Area Guide