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“Hidden Gem”

Hampton National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Towson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Hampton Historic Site offers a glimpse into Colonial and early American lifestyles.
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Looking for something to do near, but not in, Annapolis, I did a quick Internet search. I found the Victorian Preservation Association, vpa.org, where a number of area historic homes were listed including Hampton. We decided to visit and are glad we did. It is a spectacular mansion, with amazing history, architecture and furnishings. Our Park Ranger gave a very good tour and was really familiar with the history of the family. The grounds are really interesting, with ancient trees dotting the landscape. We spent a couple of hours, but could have spent more. If visiting again, I would bring a picnic lunch.
The Hampton estate is also along the Horses and Hounds Scenic Byway (visitmaryland.org), which we are planning for a future outing.

Date of experience: August 2017
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"slave quarters"
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"lower house"
in 11 reviews
"hidden gem"
in 11 reviews
"the national park service"
in 9 reviews
"national historic site"
in 7 reviews
"guided tour"
in 7 reviews
"visitor center"
in 6 reviews
"family cemetery"
in 6 reviews
"baltimore beltway"
in 6 reviews
"beautiful grounds"
in 6 reviews
"across the street"
in 8 reviews
"manor house"
in 4 reviews
"ancient trees"
in 4 reviews
"georgian architecture"
in 3 reviews
"united states"
in 3 reviews
"baltimore area"
in 5 reviews
"house tour"
in 3 reviews

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Many generations of the Ridgely family lived here and resisted the urge to remodel, so the house stands as an outstanding example of grand 18th century DIY architecture, showing how the one tenth of one percent lived. Excellent house tour lets you see both of the main floors in their entirety, and the parterre gardens out back have been restored so you can get a good sense of the grounds as well. But your view on plantation life is not limited to the owners: the home farm across the street lets you tour the overseer's house, slave quarters, dairy, and other farm buildings, so that you get a full view of the slave economy that supported the lavish lifestyle of the owners. Hampton also provides an interesting insight into the early Baltimore economy, since the plantation's wealth came from producing iron rather than tobacc.o

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I have visited this lovely home several times, in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. In the Winter, the house is decorated beautifully and we have had the opportunity to be driven in the horse drawn carriage, the kids loved it. We have picked leaves in the fall for school projects and we have taken walks on the beautiful grounds in the summer and spring. The history of the house comes alive when you walk the grounds and use your imagination.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 436judithk
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here while visiting our family in Baltimore just anticipating a quick stop. We ended up spending the whole afternoon here. The tour offered by the park rangers was very informative. They told the entire history of the Hampton House and all the generations of family who lived there. They also talked about the large amount of slaves they kept and the civil war era. Pretty much all of the house was available other than the third floor to look through and imagine what life must've been like so many years ago. Fantastic history lesson for my 10 year old. I might've learned a thing or two myself.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank valgalbrown
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

I have live in MD all my life, and never knew this place existed until just recently. It is a real gem. The big house is beautiful, much bigger than Mt. Vernon, but it is the story of the enslaved people told in the "lower house" that was really moving. We spend 2.5 hours there, and needed another hour. Be sure to ask for a guided tour of the "lower house" or at least commit yourself to reading all the displays located there.

Date of experience: July 2017
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