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Thoroughbreds at Hampton

Hampton National Historic Site

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 2, 2020
1. Thoroughbreds at Hampton Marker
Inscription.  Some of the finest Thoroughbred horses in the country lived in the stable to your left. Horses with names such as "Grey Medeley," "Post Boy" and "Tuckahoe" enhanced the reputation and purses of their owners. As founding members of the Baltimore Jockey Club and longstanding horse breeders, the Ridgelys and other prominent families helped establish the equestrian tradition that still exists in Maryland today. Prized racehorses were treasured, and their impressive stable to your left was originally stuccoed to resemble the mansion, highlighting the affinity between the master and his horse.

In the mid-19th century, John Ridgely, who was particularly interested in swift carriage horses, added the second stable adjacent and a carriage house, now gone. The Ridgelys traveled frequently, whether into town or on lengthy journeys. Some of the carriages used on these trips are on view.

[Captions:]
Stable (left), constructed 1805
Stable (right), constructed 1857

John Ridgely Jr., the sixth master of Hampton, and his first wife, Louise Humrichouse, are seen with their horses and two grooms in the
Thoroughbreds at Hampton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 2, 2020
2. Thoroughbreds at Hampton Marker
The left stable is in the photo.
autumn of 1912.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 25.097′ N, 76° 35.169′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker can be reached from Hampton Lane 0.1 miles west of Gypsy Lane, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 535 Hampton Lane, Towson MD 21286, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cream of Hampton (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ridgely's Pride (about 800 feet away); Hampton: An American Story (about 800 feet away); Behind the Big House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ice Cream in July (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Slave Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corn Culture (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lower House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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