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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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  • We came as it was a National Historic Site, without knowing much about the place, but was very impressed with the rich history of a historic mansion that had been in the same family for centuries... 
    We came as it was a National Historic Site, without knowing much about the place, but was very impressed with the rich history of a historic mansion that had been in the same family for centuries...  more »
  • Seeing the mansion is possible only through tours, "and that was even before COVID," a Ranger said to us. As of our visit, the only tours are at 10.00 and 13.00. There are grounds tours, also at... 
    Seeing the mansion is possible only through tours, "and that was even before COVID," a Ranger said to us. As of our visit, the only tours are at 10.00 and 13.00. There are grounds tours, also at...  more »
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  • My ancestors owned Hampton mansion. My late great grandmother Dorothy Powell Ridley is the last to have been allowed burial at the family cemetery. She used to love running around the garden and admired its beauty when she was a child. I recently went back to visit her at the cemetery & took some time to admire the rich history & think about how lucky she was to admire this magnificent property over 60 years ago.
  • Found this on a fluke. So glad I did. Great history. Note that there are limited times and space to tour the mansion, if you know you're going you should probably call ahead and see what the tour times are. Regardless, plenty of info, beautiful grounds to explore, intelligent Rangers.

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