Oranges in January

Oranges in January (HM1HNY)

Location: Towson, MD 21286 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.966', W 76° 35.298'

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Orangery, originally constructed ca. 1830s. Destroyed by fire 1926, reconstructed 1976

Hampton National Historic Site

It was not possible to grow fresh oranges and lemons outside in Maryland, as delicate fruit trees could not survive the winter. The Ridgely family, however, enjoyed the luxury of having fruit on their table all winter long. To protect their treasured citrus plants, they built a specialized greenhouse called an orangery.

Designed to resemble a Greek temple, the building was heated by the sun through the glass panels on the south and east sides and by a hypocaust furnace. In summer, the potted citrus trees were placed around the garden paths.
(Inscription beside the drawing in the upper right) The orangery was heated by a hypocaust, a heating system first used by the ancient Romans. A wood-burning furnace at one end produced heat, which ran through flues under the floor of the building and radiated around the room's perimeter.

It has been truly said of Hampton that it expresses more grandeur than any other place in America...The formal terraces of exquisitely kept grass, the long rows of superb lemon and orange trees with the adjacent orangerie and the foreign air of the house, quite disturb one's ideas of republican American.
Henry W. Sergent in A.J. Downing's A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1859.

Historical Period20th Century, 19th Century, 18th Century
Historical PlaceHome
Marker TypeHistoric Home
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 9:03am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363272 N 4364156
Decimal Degrees39.41610000, -76.58830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.966', W 76° 35.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 57.9600" N, 76° 35' 17.8800" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1112 Gypsy Ln W, Towson MD 21286, US
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