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Hampton National Historic Site, Towson

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Hampton National Historic Site, in the Hampton area north of Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA, preserves a remnant of a vast 18th-century estate, including a Georgian manor house, gardens, grounds, and the original stone slave quarters. The estate was owned by the Ridgely family for seven generations, from 1745 to 1948. The Hampton Mansion was the largest private home in America when it was completed in 1790 and today is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the U.S. Its furnishings, together with the estate's slave quarters and other preserved structures, provide insight into the life of late 18th-century and early 19th-century landowning aristocracy. In 1948, Hampton was the first site selected as a National Historical Site for its architectural significance by the U.S. National Park Service. The grounds were widely admired in the 19th century for their elaborate parterres or formal gardens, which have been restored to resemble their appearance during the 1820s. Several trees are more than 200 years old. In addition to the mansion and grounds, visitors may tour the overseer's house and slave quarters, one of the few plantations having its original slave quarters surviving to the present day.
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  • It's hard to believe there is a place like this. Built around 1790 and containing about 95% original pieces, this gem tells a history of a family, right down to when the Park Service took it over...  more »
  • A beautiful gem in Maryland. See what life was like at the Hampton Estate in the 1800's. Tour the grounds. A great day out!  more »
  • If you are a history buff, like old houses for their architecture, or like a quiet place to enjoy the outdoors. This is a fabulous place to visit. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable about the area. It is the best and most secret National Park I have ever visited. Spent about 4 hours there enjoying sitting under the trees and enjoying the breeze. The house and furnishings are amazing and most items are original to the house. Well worth your time to ex
  • Our guide, Angel, was So Good! Touring the "Big House", the slave cabins, the original plantation house from the 1700's. As an amateur American African genealogist, it was a very moving experience for me. And it's in Towson! Bring your walking shoes and Walk, don't drive to each location in the plantation. Walking makes it easier to Transport yourself in time! If Baltimore history interests you, get the book "FREEDOM'S PORT; The African American Community of Baltimore, 1790-1860" it's a Great Read!

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