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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Towson
Towson, Maryland and Vicinity
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| The jewel of Hampton’s cultural landscape and the focus of Ridgely family horticultural pursuits for 150 years is the Falling Garden. Constructed under Charles Ridgely “The Builder” in the 1780s, the Falling Garden was one of the . . . — — Map (db m78625) HM|
|Slave/Workers Quarters, ca 1855 To our eyes, the stone facades and decorative woodwork that adorn these buildings seem at odds with their use as slave quarters. But the entire farm site—based on a popular European architectural concept called . . . — — Map (db m78687) HM|
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|Separation of Baltimore City and County effective July 4, 1851. Towsontown was chosen as County Seat by popular vote February 13, 1854. The Courthouse of local limestone and marble was completed in 1855 at a cost of $30,000. Enlarged in . . . — — Map (db m36852) HM|
|Separation of Baltimore City and County effective July 4, 1851. Towsontown was chosen as County Seat by popular vote February 13, 1854. The Courthouse of local limestone and marble was completed in 1855 at a cost of $30,000. Enlarged in . . . — — Map (db m36853) HM|
| At Hampton’s 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 . . . — — Map (db m78624) HM|
|Builder of Hampton and owner Northampton Iron Works. Supplier to American Revolutionary Forces. — — Map (db m78632) HM WM|
|There were lots of mouths to feed on a large plantation like Hampton and this made corn an all-important crop. Hard or “dent “corn was used as feed for livestock and ground into cornmeal for slaves as well as for the Ridgelys’ pantry. . . . — — Map (db m78633) HM|
|Built 1839 and located just West of this marker on land donated by Henry B. Chew of Epsom Estate, the chapel served Towsontown both as church and community center. The chapel was first used by Methodists and became the cradle of Methodism in Towson. . . . — — Map (db m36851) HM|
|Faculty & students campaigned for women’s suffrage, hosted suffrage seekers & marched in Washington DC 1913. Students picketed White House 1917. — — Map (db m145894) HM|
|This springhouse was built in the eighteenth century and was part of the Epsom estate. It is the oldest known building on Goucher's campus. The first restoration was completed in 1979 in memory of Walter M. Morris, professor of religion from . . . — — Map (db m144055) HM|
|Heating pipes and a furnace were installed in this greenhouse for all-season plant care and propogation. Gardening supplies and a work area were located in the small rear section. The glass frames are 20th century replacements. — — Map (db m144061) HM|
William Westley Guth
Fourth President of Goucher College
1913 - 1929
Through his foresight this
land was purchased in 1921
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|This land was once part of one of the largest estates in Maryland---and one of the most impressive. The Ridgley family owned Hampton Plantation for more than 200 years, and their home and many farm buildings have changed little since the mid-19th . . . — — Map (db m78481) HM|
|Nathan Towson, born 1784 in the area named for his family, served in the U.S. Army for 42 years. He enlisted in 1812 when war with Britain seemed imminent. As an artillery captain, Towson distinguished himself in nearly every major engagement on the . . . — — Map (db m83413) HM|
|First meeting house built on this site 1780. Previously met in Phineas Hunt’s House, still standing on Joppa Road. His grave is nearby. The present church building was erected in 1874. — — Map (db m2281) HM|
|Having ice in summertime was a real luxury in the early 19th century. Storing enough ice to last throughout the summer was a true feat. A large icehouse was a sign of wealth, and originally there were two such structures at Hampton. Although it . . . — — Map (db m78487) HM|
|This gated cemetery, where generations of Ridgleys are buried, is still in use by the family. Feel free to enter and walk among the tombstones and monuments, but show proper respect. Notice the family vault at center, the names and inscriptions on . . . — — Map (db m83524) HM|
|This community of 365 homes is named after a quaint town in England, its streets after surrounding villages, in recognition of the villagers’ kindness to the 388th Bomb Group, USAAF, during World War II. — — Map (db m110239) WM|
|He commanded “Baltimore Light Dragoons” during the Revolution, attaining rank of Captain. He took active part in suppression of Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, and that year purchased “Bosley’s Adventure,” a 350 acre farm west of . . . — — Map (db m2283) HM|
| Orangery, originally constructed ca. 1830s. Destroyed by fire 1926, reconstructed 1976.
It was not possible to grow fresh oranges and lemons’ outside in Maryland, as delicate fruit trees could not survive the winter. The Ridgely family, however, . . . — — Map (db m78631) HM|
|These two stone buildings, which replaced earlier log structures, housed slaves before the Civil War. After the abolition of slavery, they provided quarters for plantation and farm workers — — Map (db m92522) HM|
|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 . . . — — Map (db m78485) HM|
|Originally constructed as a log cabin in 1833, St. John’s Chapel and land adjacent thereto served the local black community as a house of worship and burying ground. Services had been held in the present chapel since its construction in 1886. The . . . — — Map (db m2286) HM|
|The ingenious design of this building enabled the Ridgelys to produce fine dairy products here for 150 years. Built into the ground to maintain coolness, the structure is also shaded by low-hanging eaves. Inside you will see a natural refrigeration . . . — — Map (db m144064) HM|
|Fern Karesh Hurst, Class of 1968, came to Goucher College from Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated with a degree in political science and received a master's degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for Goucher . . . — — Map (db m144052) HM|
|The home of Governor Augustus W. Bradford, which stood on this site was burned July 11, 1864 by Confederate Troops “to retaliate the burning of Governor Letcher’s Home” in Virginia by Federal troops. This was the closest point to . . . — — Map (db m115243) HM|
|Originally an Indian trail used in 1695 by a troop of Rangers from the Garrison Fort to keep back the Indians. Later the high road to Joppa Town, the County Seat of Baltimore County from 1712 to 1768 and the rival of Baltimore. — — Map (db m2302) HM|
|Lower House, constructed ca. 1745; with later additions in the 1700s to ca. 1950.
This building, historically referred to as the “Lower House” by the Ridgely family, served a variety of purposes. Originally, Hampton’s first master, . . . — — Map (db m78645) HM|
|The Hampton Farm, as it might have looked ca.1850-1870.
From this part of the farm, you have an ideal view of the Ridgely mansion. The imposing structure on the hill would have inspired different emotions among the various people on the . . . — — Map (db m78685) HM|
|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 . . . — — Map (db m144063) HM|
|Dedicated to the
Who Served Their
1957 - 1975
In Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives
Harvey C. K. A. Au
Charles J. Armstrong
James H. Baker, Jr.
Larry M. . . . — — Map (db m83691) WM|
|During the War of 1812, an armory was built near the intersection of Dulaney Valley and Joppa Roads. It was soon abandoned. In the 1830's, Henry Chew built a house on this site and decorated the lawn with a cannon from the deserted armory. The house . . . — — Map (db m57136) HM|
|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 . . . — — Map (db m83051) HM|
|Hampton National Historic Site preserves the core of a large estate owned by the Ridgely family from the Colonial era until 1948. During the early 1800s, it formed the hub of a vast agricultural and industrial enterprise numbering over 25,000 acres. . . . — — Map (db m144060) HM|
|To the sacred memory of the Sons and Daughters of Baltimore County who dying for their country in the World War gave proof undying of patriotism supreme. This symbol of love victorious in death is dedicated by their fellow citizens “Greater . . . — — Map (db m126364) WM|