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Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House

Hampton National Historic Site

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
1. Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House Marker
Inscription.
At Hamptonís height, hundreds of workers labored to make this a self-sufficient and profitable estate. Slaves and servants who worked in the mansion carried out their daily chores in this yard and also had living quarters in this area (see octagonal foundation nearby). In the early 19ths century, there were more outbuildings than you see now, including a carpenterís shed and smokehouse. In the 1850s, a gas works was built nearby. Servants heated coal to make gas, which was fed through pipes to the mansion. The Ridgelys used gas lighting until electricity was installed in 1929.

(Inscriptions under the photo of the buildings reading left to right)
Garage, 1910-This garage was for cars, which replaced carriages in the early 1900s; Shed; Storage Shed; Privies-These multi-seat outhouses were sanitary facilities. In back are trap doors for cleaning.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 24.966′ N, 76° 35.214′ 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

Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 23, 2014
2. Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House Marker
. A Romance with Nature: The Falling Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oranges in January (about 400 feet away); Ridgely's Pride (about 400 feet away); Ice Cream in July-Icehouse, ca.1790 (about 400 feet away); Hampton: An American Story (about 500 feet away); Captain Charles Ridgely (about 600 feet away); Wartime Support (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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