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"Her thin fingers, moving
In the thin, tall strings,
Were weav-weav-weaving
Wonderful things."

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Harp Weaver

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, student harpists from the Baltimore Chapter of the American Harp Society, Chesapeake Harp Ensemble, gave a lovely performance in the Great Hall in front of the portrait of Eliza Ridgely and her harp. 

We are so grateful to the students who performed and filled our hall with wonderful songs and an uplifting spirit. Many thanks to the parents and friends who visited Hampton, several for the first time. Special thanks to Elaine Bryant, Naomi Klarner and Lori Peters of the Chesapeake Harp Ensemble, Hampton Curator Gregory Weidman, and President of the Board Suzie Merryman, and HHI's Harp Committee - Ann Boyce, Judy Cohen, and Carol Whitman - for arranging this delightful concert in cooperation with National Park Service staff and docents.

We hope the event was as special for the students as it was for Hampton! We look forward to many more such wonderful events as we prepare to celebrate Hampton's 2017 "Year of the Harp."

Volunteers Brave the Rain to plant urns at Hampton. Elyssa Baxter and members of the Federated Garden Clubs of MD District III donned their rain slickers and planted 25 urns around the property on May 17th. HHI and the National Park Service at Hampton NHS extend their heartfelt gratitude to these individuals for their tireless efforts to beautify the property and for their many decades of support for Hampton.

Pictured from left to right:  Elizabeth Derr - NPS, Peg Merrill - Gunpowder Garden Club, Sharon - Manor Garden Club,Susan Schaffer -Gunpowder Garden Club, Mary  Williams - Gunpowder Garden Club, Elyssa Baxter - Gunpowder Garden Club, Carol Whitman - Woodbrook-Murray Hill Garden Club, Betty Reeves - Lutherville Garden Club, Amanda Ramey - NPS, Natalie Hamilton, behind the camera and not in the photo. Three additional members from Glen Arm Garden Club (not in the Picture).

Please click here for more on the lovely cultural landscape at Hampton.

Please note: hours subject to change.
Telephone: 410-823-1309 x-254

Thursday thru Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Thursday thru Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Please check in first at the Visitor Contact Station.

Open Daily
Dawn to dusk for pedestrians; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm for cars.

Open Daily: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
in Orangery (near the Mansion) and Dovecote (at the farm).

Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White

Sunday June 12th at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, August 21st at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Experience the "peculiar institution" that fueled United States' economic engine and made vast plantations, such as Hampton possible.  National Park Ranger, Anokwale (formerly Angela Roberts) while in 1800s period attire will take you on a 90 minute journey through the Hampton mansion, ice house, and octagon house foundation. She will tell the history of those who toiled to make the Ridgelys' lavish lifestyle possible.

Fee: Free
Location: Hampton Mansion
Handicap accessible.
No reservations are required
For more information, please call: 410 823-1309, x208.


On the Hampton Plantation:
Overseer's House, Slave Quarters, and Farm Tour


Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Dressed in period attire, Park Ranger Anokwale (formerly Angela Roberts) will guide visitors through authentic slave quarters, dairy and overseer's home and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who made the Ridgelys' lavish lifestyle possible. Participants will have the opportunity to experience first hand, replicas of items used on the plantation during the 1800s.  

Bring the entire family.

Handicap accessible.
No reservations are required
Parking is available but limited.

For more information, please call: 410 823-1309, x208.

 AUDIO: Ranger Anokwale's commentary on forced servitude at Hampton, as presented to WYPR, Dec. 2015.

For more information about the African American Nature & Parks Experience, please visit:

Hands On Hampton History - Summer Camp
Two sessions available : July 11-15 or July 25-29, 2016

Travel back in time to discover what life was like in the 1800’s for children here at Hampton. Campers will experience hands-on activities, including food, games, period clothing, and gardening on the beautiful grounds and in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century structures of this National Park in the heart of Towson.

• Session I July 11-15
• Session II July 25-29
• Camper ages:  9-12
• Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Limited to 20 campers per session
• Free!

For more info, email Ranger Anokwale:

All American House/2016™

Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 pm  
Location: Orangery
Admission: Free


Curator Gregory Weidman will relate the fascinating story of how the great Georgian mansion was saved and became a unit of the National Park Service in 1948.

As the only National Historic Site established for its “outstanding merit as an architectural monument” rather than association with a famous person or event, Hampton became an important symbol for the historic preservation movement nationwide.

In addition to being an architectural gem, the mansion is filled with wonderful antique furnishings that once belonged to the seven generations of the original residents, the Ridgely family (above: Baltimore Empire painted sofa, 1832, by John Finlay).

After the lecture Ms. Weidman will lead a tour in the mansion focusing on these great examples of Baltimore craftsmanship. Visitors will also view “Hampton Becomes a National Treasure,” a temporary exhibit highlighting the story of the park's founding and preservation. The exhibit coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the Find Your Park initiative.

This program is offered by Hampton NHS as an Affiliate “Baltimore’s American Treasures
in cooperation with MADE: In America and the Carroll Museums event All American House/2016.

The Log Cabin Restoration Update
Restoration on the cabins is progressing nicely.  It began in February of 2016 and is schedule to be completed Summer of 2016. The workers have been painstakingly hand hewing the white oak logs, repairing elevation, and daubing interior and exterior insulation.  Work has begun on on the exterior window and door trim replacement and log hand hewing continues. 

If you would like to learn more about how the National Park Service restores log cabins click on the link below to access "The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings."


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 The ONCELL tour
of Hampton's Farm
has now been launched!

Download the "National Park Service Tours OnCell" app on your smartphone, open it, and select Hampton National Historic Site. It's easy and free, and a great way to learn more about the park!

To launch:

Google Play


Stay tuned...more tours to be launched soon!
“Hampton Becomes a National Treasure”
highlights the story of the park's founding and preservation and the contributions to the museum collection by Ridgely family members and partner organizations.
The exhibit, planned to coincide with the 100thanniversary celebration of the National Park Service and the Find Your Park initiative, will be on view in the Mansion's North Portico through fall 2016.
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Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live,
our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters,
these places are your birthright as Americans

President Barack Obama

Programs are brought to you by
the National Park Service at Hampton National Historic Site

and Historic Hampton, Inc.,
with support from the many friends of Hampton, including:
You'll find a unique selection of Hampton merchandise at Eastern National's outlet in the Visitor Contact Station. Proceeds support the site.
Programs made possible in part by Maryland Humanities Council,
through support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed
do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities
or the Maryland Humanities Council. 
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