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Summer's here, and we've had a busy June! Hampton National Historic Site was happy to host many teachers, students, and visitors, including: History and Social Studies educators participating in the Maryland Writing Project, in conjunction with Towson University and with support from Maryland Humanities Council and the National Park Foundation (photos, below); alumnae from Hannah More Academy; and artist/educators from Baltimore County Public Schools and private art schools. Through it all the Resource Management and Maintenance Teams (including staff and dedicated volunteers) are busy keeping the grounds looking lovely; the Interpretation Team (including staff and volunteer docents) is in the constant process of refining tours and programs; the Administration Team helps to keep operations running smoothly; Law Enforcement ensures everyone is safe and happy; and the Eastern National shop, located within the new Visitor Contact Station, provides a wide selection of merchandise to help enhance the Hampton experience. Enjoy your visit!
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Events are subject to change; new events are being added.

Please check Events Calendar or call the Visitors' Center to verify:
410-823-1309, x-251

Unless otherwise noted, events are free to attend.

Visitor Contact Station, Mansion, select outbuildings open Thursday - Sunday.
The Mansion's first floor and the Orangery are handicap-accessible.
Grounds open daily from dawn to dusk for pedestrians;
motor vehicles allowed from 8:30am to 5pm.

CLICK HERE to find out how Hampton's Resource Management Team cleaned the historic urns for the URN Project...

For details on the URN Project:

Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White: July 5, at 2pm. Experience through an enslaved woman's eyes the “peculiar institution” that fueled the United States’ economic engine and helped to make vast plantations, such as Hampton, possible. Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will take you on a 90-minute journey through the mansion, ice house, and octagon house foundation.

Jousting in July: Horse-ing Around: July 12 at 1 pm. Come see Maryland’s State Sport in action on the Mansion's North Lawn! Jousting has a long history, stretching from tournaments between knights in medieval times to present day events. Didy Ridgely, daughter of Hampton's 3rd master, had a jousting tournament following her wedding. Jousters from the Amateur Jousting Club of MD will display their skills by catching small hoops on their lances while racing across the green. Bring the whole family to experience the “mane” event; don’t say “neigh.” This fun-filled event will give you quite a “tail” to tell your friends. Be sure to remember your camera!

Floorcloth Workshops: July 17 & July 18, 2015, 9am-4pm, Orangery. Floorcloths, important furnishings in the 18th and 19th centuries, are now used to decorate homes with personal style. Artist Elizabeth Cockey will provide a brief discussion about their history, and instruction on making your own. Work with a 2’ x 3’ mid-weight canvas, stencils and acrylic paint to create a piece you will treasure. Bring your own design, or choose one provided. Cost: $150, includes all materials. For details/reservations please contact Carol Whitman:

On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: July 26, 2015, at 2pm. Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through several historic structures and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who helped to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible.

And from our friends at Fort McHenry who will be celebrating Independence Day in grand style...

FORT! FLAG! FREEDOM! July 3 - August 23
Fort McHenry offers “hands on history” seven days a week. Help hoist the Star-Spangled Banner over the ramparts, be a member of a cannon crew, or take part in daily Ranger-led programs.See the living history garrison “on duty” Wednesdays - Sundays! Dressed in uniforms of the soldiers, sailors and civilians who defended Baltimore in 1814, this living history program offers a touchstone to the past.

U.S. ARMY TATTOO CEREMONY: Sunday July 5 at 2 pm: Join us for our most musical and colorful afternoon military ceremony of the summer! This free program features patriotic music, military pageantry and living history!
For more details: Friends of Fort McHenry

From Ranger Bill Curtis: Popular Music was Popular with the Ridgelys, too. While searching in a family photo album, I found this picture of an unidentified mill, which might have belonged to the Ridgely mill now under the waters of Loch Raven Reservoir. What caught my eye was the pencil note under the photograph: "We kept time to the click of the mill". Who was keeping time? What time were they keeping? It turns out that this is a line from a popular 19th century ballad titled Ben Bolt, written as a poem by Thomas Dunn English in 1848, and set to music and published by Nelson Kneass in 1848. It was very popular and even made an appearance in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book: By the Shores of Silver Lake. Apparently, somebody in the family was a fan of pop music.

Oh don't you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt
Sweet Alice whose hair was so brown
Who wept with delight when you gave her a smile
And trembled with fear at your frown
In the old church yard in the valley, Ben Bolt
In a corner obscure and alone
They have fitted a slab of granite so gray
And sweet Alice lies under the stone
They have fitted a slab of granite so gray
And sweet Alice lies under the stone
Oh don't you remember the wood, Ben Bolt
Near the green sunny slope of the hill
Where oft we have sung beneath its wide spreading shade
And kept time to the click of the mill
The mill has gone to decay, Ben Bolt
And a quiet now reigns all around
See, the old rustic porch, with its roses so sweet
Lies scattered and fallen to the ground
See, the old rustic porch, with its roses so sweet
Lies scattered and fallen to the ground 
And don't you remember the school, Ben Bolt
And the master so kind and so true
And the little nook by the clear running brook,
Where we gathered the flowers as they grew
On the master's grave grows the grass, Ben Bolt
And the running little brook is now dry
And of all the friends who were schoolmates then
There remain, Ben but you and I
And of all the friends who were schoolmates then
There remain, Ben but you and I

From By the Shores of Silver Lake


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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:
In addition, we are grateful that many of this year's programs
are made possible by a generous grant from
the 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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