Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hampton National Historic Site
Hampton is the "show-place" of Maryland. There is certainly nothing like it south of the Mason and Dixon's line
J.C. Carpenter, from Appletons' Journal, May 8, 1875
The Mansion, completed 1790. When Captain Charles Ridgely's country neighbors saw him erecting a "palace in the wilderness" in the 1780s, they called it "Ridgely's Folly." The mansion before you, modeled on the great country houses of Britain, was of the largest private residences in America, and impressive sight for all who visited. The imposing building was a physical expression of the success of the entrepreneur for whom it was built. As you walk through this site, try to imagine how the building were viewed by the owners, paid laborers, and enslaved. The mansion was located at the highest point on the property. The cupola atop the mansion, an ornamental feature that also served to improve ventilation and cooling of the interior, provided a perfect vantage point for family an guests to view the extensive property below.
This mansion is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture,
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1629.
Location. 39° 25.008′ N, 76° 35.286′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Hampton Lane. 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. Hampton: An American Story (a few steps from this marker); Ice Cream in July (within shouting distance of this marker); Oranges in January (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Charles Ridgely (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Romance with Nature: The Falling Garden (about 400 feet away); Behind the Big House (about 400 feet away); Greenhouse #2 (about 500 feet away); Wartime Support (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.