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

Wartime Support

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Wartime Support Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 2015
1. Wartime Support Marker
Inscription. Northampton Iron Furnace, operating from 1761 to about 1830 approximately a mile north of here, played a significant role in the War of 1812. Part of the prosperous Hampton estate, the foundry’s workforce was made up primarily of enslaved African-Americans who produced iron, cannons, shot and camp equipment for the war effort. Charles Carnan Ridgely, ironmaster and owner of the estate, also contributed funds and other supplies for Baltimore’s defense in 1814.

“Mr. Ridgely’s iron being in high estimation in quality than other in the state.”
Baltimore Federal Gazette, 1798.

Souvenirs
Two unexploded British shells from the bombardment of Fort McHenry, September 13-14, 1814, are visible at the south portico of Hampton Mansion. They were likely given to Charles Carnan Ridgely as a token of esteem.

(Inscription under the image on the upper left)
1843 Map by Joshua Barney-image/Hampton National Historic Site.

(Inscription above the image in the center)
An artist’s rendering of the Northampton Furnace. The site is now located in the Loch Rave Reservoir watershed.

(Inscription below the portrait on the right)
Charles Carnan Ridgely by C.G. Stapko (after Thomas Sully, 1820) Image/Hampton National Historic Site.
 
Erected 2015 by National

Wartime Support Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 2015
2. Wartime Support Marker
Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.971′ N, 76° 35.423′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Hampton Lane. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Hampton National Historic Site near the visitor center. 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. Captain Charles Ridgely (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oranges in January (about 600 feet away); Hampton (about 600 feet away); Hampton: An American Story (about 600 feet away); Ridgely's Pride (about 700 feet away); Ice Cream in July-Icehouse, ca.1790 (about 700 feet away); A Romance with Nature: The Falling Garden (about 700 feet away); Domestic Service Buildings-Behind the Big House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Hampton National Historic Site new Visitor Center-May 2015 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 2015
3. Hampton National Historic Site new Visitor Center-May 2015
Note: the Wartime Support marker is located in the distance on the far right.
Entrance sign to Hampton National Historic Site. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 2015
4. Entrance sign to Hampton National Historic Site.
Hampton - 1843 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
5. Hampton - 1843
1843 Map by Joshua Barney,
Close-up of image on marker
Charles Carnan Ridgely (The Governor) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
6. Charles Carnan Ridgely (The Governor)
This 1950 portrait of Charles Carnan Ridgely by C.G. Stapko (after Thomas Sully, 1820) hangs in Hampton House. The original was given to the National Gallery of Art by John Ridgely Jr. in 1945.
Northampton Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
7. Northampton Furnace
An artist’s rendering of the Northampton Furnace. The site is now located in the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed.
Close-up of Richard Schlecht painting on marker
Northampton Furnace<br>Ruins in Loch Raven Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 11, 2006
8. Northampton Furnace
Ruins in Loch Raven Reservoir
British Bomb image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
9. British Bomb
One of the Governor's Souvenirs of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.
South Portico - Hampton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
10. South Portico - Hampton
The British bombs are embedded at the front corners of the brick patio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 20, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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