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Ridgely's Pride

Hampton National Historic Site

 
 
Ridgely's Pride Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
1. Ridgely's Pride Marker
Inscription. 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.

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

(Inscription beside the drawing of the mansion)
This mansion is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture, which emphasizes symmetry of plan. The main living space is located in the central block, connected to two service wings by "hyphens." Two-story porticoes decorate the north and south facades.
 
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Ridgely's Pride Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
2. Ridgely's Pride Marker
National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
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.
 
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); Hampton: An American Story (a few steps from 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); Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House (about 400 feet away); Wartime Support (about 700 feet away); In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & Patriotism
 
Ridgely Mansion-front view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
3. Ridgely Mansion-front view
Ridgely Mansion-rear view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
4. Ridgely Mansion-rear view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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