Hampton is significant for its late-Georgian architecture. It is big, bold, vigorous, and dramatic. Charles Ridgely, the builder, has been similarly described.
This is the largest Georgian style residence extant in this country. Hallmarks of Georgian design: rigid symmetry, 5-part composition, axial entrances, geometrical proportions, pedimented gable ends, and sash windows are all obvious in Hampton's design.
A popular feature was the Palladian window, seen here crowning the central pavilion.
Did You Know?
The Ridgely ironworks, Northampton Iron Furnace, was the eighth iron making business in Maryland and produced cannonballs, camp kettles, and other items for the Revolutionary Army.