Hampton: An American Story

Hampton: An American Story (HM1HMS)

Location: Towson, MD 21286 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 25.014', W 76° 35.298'

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Hampton National Historic Site

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 century. This property weathered the growing pains of the nation from colonial times through World War II. Here you can experience American history through the architecture, original objects, and stories of those who lived and worked on this site.

Hampton National Historic Site is comprised of two areas, the mansion with is surrounding outbuildings and grounds and the home farm. Explore the park at your own pace. There are parking lots at both areas. You may leave your car at one location and walk the entire site, or drive from area to area.

As their fortunes declined after the Civil War and into the 20th century, the Ridgelys sold nearly all of their empire. The National Park Service now owns and preserves 63 acres of this important core of their estate.

(Inscription beside the map in the lower left) This map represents the Ridgelys' vast holdings in circa 1829. Hampton grew from 1,500 acres, purchased by Col. Charles Ridgely in 1745, to 25,000 acres spread across the region by 1829. It was originally and industrial plantation that served Ridgely's ironworks but evolved into and agricultural estate by the mid-19th century.

Historical Period18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Historical PlaceHome
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 3:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363273 N 4364245
Decimal Degrees39.41690000, -76.58830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.014', W 76° 35.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 0.8400" N, 76° 35' 17.8800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)410, 443
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 569-599 Hampton Ln, Towson MD 21286, US
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