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Ranger Vince leads a tour under the Saucer Magnolia in full bloom.
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 The ONCELL tour
of Hampton's Farm
has now been launched!

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4th Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibition:

Sunday, April 24 at 2pm in the Orangery.

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, students and their art teachers have found their park at Hampton NHS as they visited and were inspired by the historical elements of the architecture, the wonderful collection of objects, the art, and the beauty of the cultural landscape. Each year HHI and the National Park Service sponsor an exhibition and competition for all Maryland public and private school students and teachers. This year they were invited to submit any 2-dimensional work or 2-minute video based on the NPS Centennial Celebration theme: “Find Your Park.” Prizes will be awarded by the jurors: Linda Popp, Paul Moscatt and Joe Giordano. Click here more details.
Please join us for a reception sponsored by the Hampton Arts Initiative of HHI as we celebrate this exciting exhibition of works by students and teachers.


Happening at Hampton...
We at Hampton are very pleased to be working on another fine project with
the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC),
as their crew works to preserve the Log House at the Farm.
Steve is shaping the log that will replace pieces of rotted wood.
Mike is doing a Dutchman repair in order to save historic fabric.
Elizabeth is fitting stones between logs, which will help mortar to adhere.
Mike, Steve and Rick of HPTC, and some of their handiwork at the log house.
GEOCACHES GO LIVE AT HAMPTON! In collaboration with Cache Across Maryland and Maryland Geocaching Society, Hampton NHS is now participating in a live geocaching event. There are four geocaches located on the grounds, and each offer a different way to look at the park. They feature historic photos viewed from various locations. The 2016 event has a special theme. Can you guess what it is?
On April 19, twenty seven public historians, archivists, curators, editors and librarians from throughout the U.S. toured Hampton as part of the 2016 conference of the National Council on Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government. "Challenging the Exclusive Past" was held in Baltimore, with tours held in county and city neighborhoods. Hampton was the site for "Reinterpreting an Urban Plantation" tour.  Many thanks to HHI board member and Stevenson University Chair, Glenn Johnston, for promoting and arranging this very special visit!
“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.

Open for tours Saturdays & Sundays, 10am - 4pm.
Beginning April 21:
Open for tours Thursdays through Sundays, 10am - 4pm.

Open Thursdays through Sundays, 10am - 4pm

Open daily, dawn to dusk for pedestrians;
9am to 5pm for motor vehicles.

Open daily 9am-4pm in Orangery & Dovecote/Garage at farm.

Please note: hours are approximate and subject to change.
Upcoming programs and events...

On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: April 3 at 2pm. Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through Hampton's slave quarters, overseer's house and dairy while giving voice to the enslaved African Americans who helped to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible. AUDIO: Ranger Anokwale's commentary on forced servitude at Hampton, as presented to WYPR, Dec. 2015.

Forgotten Warriors: Maryland’s Black Regiments During the Civil War: Sunday, April 10 at 2pm. African Americans have fought in every American war, yet little has been written about these men of valor. Join Charles Harley, a Civil War Reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington, DC, in the Orangery for an enlightening and exciting discussion about these unsung heroes of the Civil War. Learn about specific individuals who served in Maryland regiments, several of whom earned Medals of Honor, and the process in which the enslaved became soldiers. Admission is free. Seating is limited. For more info: 410-823-1309 x254;

Spring Luncheon: Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30am. Please join the Women's Committee of HHI for this popular annual event, taking place at the Engineers Club at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. Event includes complimentary valet parking, silent auction, and cash bar. Net proceeds benefit projects at Hampton. For more details please call Nancy Smith, Chair: 410-665-8133.

4th Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibition:
Sunday, April 24 at 2pm in the Orangery.
Event details, above.

Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White: April 30 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.

Magical Strings: Sunday, May 8 at 2pm in the Great Hall. Please join us for this entertaining Mother’s Day performance!  Washington Post described the music of Magical Strings as “sonically gorgeous.” It will carry you to sublime realms with ancient airs and have you dancing to lively jigs and reels, as we explore history through music. Pam and Philip Boulding have been touring internationally for 36 years and have recorded over 20 albums. They perform on their own handcrafted instruments, including the Celtic Harp and Hammered Dulcimer. Following the concert, you are invited to a reception in the Orangery to meet the musicians and see their beautiful instruments. $10 donation requested to support the Hampton Arts Initiative. Seating is limited, so please reserve your space:

All American House/2016TM: Sunday, June 19 at 2pm, Orangery. 
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 was planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the NPS and the Find Your Park initiative.This program is offered by Hampton NHS as an Affiliate “Baltimore’s American TreasuresTM” in cooperation with MADE: In America and the Carroll Museums event All American House/2016TM.


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Hampton NHS is very proud to be featured in the February 2016
issue of New England Antiques Journal.
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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:
You'll find a unique selection of Hampton merchandise at Eastern National's outlet in the Visitor Contact Station. Proceeds support the site.
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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