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“Fabulous house and grounds -- must see historical site!”

Hampton National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Towson
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Owner description: The Hampton Historic Site offers a glimpse into Colonial and early American lifestyles.
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Must see historical site with all the furnishings intact. Superbly maintained and very informational house tour.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We happened to spot a sign on our way home from Baltimore and decided to go there. Nice grounds with a house to tour. Across the road is also a farm site to tour to many buildings to go in. This was really a pleasant surprise.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

The Hampton Mansion sits majestically on the hill overlooking the Hampton neighborhood. This lovely home is cared for by the National Park Service. The mansion is opened on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is free to visit. Every month they offer many events to the public - check the website. What will you see when you visit the mansion – beautifully decorated rooms – paintings – original furnishings belonging to the Ridgely family (seven generations to be exact). They built the mansion between 1783 and 1790 as a summer home. It was the largest private residence when it was completed. It is like taking a step back in time. If you ever get the chance, try to go when they open the cupola to the public, the views are incredible.

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

This was the largest private home in America when it was completed. It's beautifully restored and furnished, with many original pieces. And none of it would have been possible without slavery. Think about that as you explore the property and take in how vast it once was.

Take the guided tour. I loved the anecdote about how one of the last Ridgelys talked his neighbor Mr. Ladew into buying some of of the Ridgely family silver as a way to raise money in order to keep the estate. That Ridgely family silver is in the possession of Ladew Topiary Gardens to this day.

Go across the road to the farmhouse and slave quarters. Walk the grounds, gardens, and family cemetery.

Christmas is a very special time to visit. Again, keep in mind what made the whole enterprise possible.

They have a new visitor center also.

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

My wife and I have been meaning to visit Hampton National Historic Site for a long time and finally made our way there. Here is an excellent example of our tax dollars at work. Since Hampton Mansion is a National Historic Site, there is no admission charge. There is a Visitor's Center located near the entrance to the site and a Park Ranger on duty, who can provide information on guided tours. A guided tour is necessary if you would like to see the interior of the Hampton Mansion (which, I'm sure you will). Make sure to check the website for the times when tours are offered. The guides can only take 15 people per tour so you'll want to arrive early (first come, first served). The Hampton Mansion is particularly interesting because the Ridgely family occupied it from 1790 to 1948. When it was built, it was one of the largest Georgian style mansions in the United States and the furnishings reflect the wealth of the Ridgelys. You can tour the grounds, gardens, and outbuildings on your own. Among these outbuildings are three workers' quarters, including those used by slaves, which helps provide a better sense of the economic realities behind the wealth of the Ridgelys. We checked out the ice house, which is kind of spooky. Stone steps lead 33 feet down into a vault-like area that was filled in winter with snow and ice to be used for food preparation and refrigeration. There is a small but beautiful area with patterned gardens or parterres, one of which survives in its original design. Although the property is a lot smaller than the 25,000 acres that it boasted between the years 1790 and 1829, the current grounds (60 acres) offer much to see. There is even a Ridgely family cemetery on the property. While you're walking about, don't miss the catalpa trees, which are at least as old as the Hampton Mansion. We enjoyed our tour of the Mansion and look forward to returning to Hampton National Historic Site to explore the other buildings in the very near future.

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