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Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hampton: An American Story

Hampton National Historic Site

 
 
Hampton: An American Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
1. Hampton: An American Story Marker
Inscription. This land was once part of one of the largest estates in Maryland---and one of the most impressive. The Ridgley family owned Hampton Plantation for more than 200 years, and their home and many farm buildings have changed little since the mid-19th century. This property weathered the growing pains of the nation from colonial times through World War II. Here you can experience American history through the architecture, original objects, and stories of those who lived and worked on this site.

Hampton National Historic Site is comprised of two areas, the mansion with is surrounding outbuildings and grounds and the home farm. Explore the park at your own pace. There are parking lots at both areas. You may leave your car at one location and walk the entire site, or drive from area to area. As their fortunes declined after the Civil War and into the 20th century, the Ridgelys sold nearly all of their empire. The National Park Service now owns and preserves 63 acres of this important core of their estate.

(Inscription beside the map in the lower left)
This map represents the Ridgelys’ vast holdings in circa 1829. Hampton grew from 1,500 acres, purchased by Col. Charles Ridgely in 1745, to 25,000 acres spread across the region by 1829. It was originally and industrial plantation that served Ridgely’s ironworks but evolved into and

Hampton: An American Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
2. Hampton: An American Story Marker
agricultural estate by the mid-19th century.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 25.014′ N, 76° 35.298′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Hampton Lane. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 535 Hampton Lane, Towson MD 21286, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ice Cream in July-Icehouse, ca.1790 (a few steps from this marker); Ridgely's Pride (a few steps from this marker); Oranges in January (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Charles Ridgely (about 300 feet away); A Romance with Nature: The Falling Garden (about 400 feet away); Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House (about 500 feet away); Wartime Support (about 600 feet away); In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Towson.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Hampton Mansion-front view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
3. Hampton Mansion-front view
Hampton Mansion-rear view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
4. Hampton Mansion-rear view
Sign at the entrance to the Hampton National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
5. Sign at the entrance to the Hampton National Historic Site
State marker near the entrance to the Hampton NHS image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
6. State marker near the entrance to the Hampton NHS
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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