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Once a small fishing village, Hampstead is one of the fastest growing communities in southeastern North Carolina. Conveniently located between Wilmington and Jacksonville makes Hampstead a great location for commuters and military families. Hampstead attracts many retirees as well. Known as the "seafood capital of North Carolina". Fishing is one of the most popular activities here. Local vendors sell fresh caught fish everyday. Chartered fishing boats run year long out of local Surf City. Every September, Hampstead is home of the annual Spot Festival.
Hampstead's proximity to beautiful sandy beaches on Topsail Island, boating on the nearby Intracoastal Waterway and numerous winding creeks and inlets for fishing or just enjoying the local wildlife is what has attracted the many new residents. There are four premier golf courses to choose from. A short drive into Wilmington for shopping, dining, cultural events, the annual Azalea Festival and the Wilmington International Airport(ILM). Raleigh is approximately a two hour drive on nearby I-40. Some of the countries top medical facilities and colleges can be found in the state. Popular Myrtle Beach is close enough for a day trip.
Rich in history, Hampstead most famous visitors have been George Washington, Black Beard, Steede Bonnett and Captain Kidd. George Washington was said to have passed through the area in 1791 and spent the night at the local tavern. A monument was placed at the site by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1925. Topsail Inlet was a known entry site to Topsail Sound and hide out for pirates like Black Beard, Steele Bonnett and Captain Kidd.
The Topsail Schools are ranked as some of the best in the state. The new state of the art Topsail High School is under construction and the class of 2012 will be the first class to graduate.