• Horse and Carriage in front of Hampton NHS

    Hampton

    National Historic Site Maryland

Yuletide at Hampton

Music Room at Yuletide

Yuletide 2012

Friday, December 7 - Sunday, December 9

Tentative Schedule of Events *subject to change

Mansion Closed to Public, Monday December 3, 2012

Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8: Evening "Candlelight"

6 - 8:30PM: By popular demand - Hampton National Historic Site offers Evening "Candlelight" Tours of the Mansion from 6:00PM – 8:30PM on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10.Hampton Mansion, described in the late 18th century as "a palace in the wilderness", will open its doors for visitors to tour the holiday splendor of the rooms and Great Hall.Each room reflects a different period in the history of the Mansion, with authentic reproduction Yuletide decorations in each room. Lively holiday music and sing-alongs will be performed in the Orangery by Doug Jimerson each evening.

Lantern Walking Tours: offered Friday and Saturday evenings, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes for this 45 minute historic walk.

On Friday evening December 7 only: The Junior League of Baltimore "Larks" will perform holiday music in the Great Hall of the Mansion during the "Candlelight" Tours.

Musket and cannon firings: 6 pm - 8 pm intermittently on front lawn of mansion

Saturday, December 8, 10 AM - 4:00 PM

Noon - 4 PM: Period Craft Activities will be offered for all ages at the Lower House. Visitors will make their own Victorian greeting card, period doll and more. Activities and crafts are subject to change and available on a first come, first served basis.

12-4 PM: Carriage Rides by "Oh My Heart! Carriages": (CASH ONLY $10-adult, $5-12 and younger, under 1 free) timed carriage ride tickets will be available beginning at one. Seating is limited. No reservations will be accepted – first come, first served basis.

10 AM, 11 AM &12 PM: Hourly Guided House Tours will be offered on the hour beginning at 10:00 AM

1 PM - 4 PM: "Open House"- Hampton Mansion will feature an open house where visitors will be able to walk through at their own pace. Park staff will tell the exciting stories of Hampton at Yuletide. Each room will highlight how Christmas was celebrated at different periods that the Ridgely family lived at Hampton, from 1783 - 1948. Learn how the holidays were observed by the Ridgely family, the enslaved and tenant farmers on the estate.

1 PM- 4 PM: Lively holiday music and sing-along will be performed in the Orangery by Doug Jimerson.

2 - 2:45 PM: African American Tales of the Season: At the Lower House, join Park Ranger Angela Roberts-Burton as she recounts the Christmas season for the enslaved at Hampton. The holidays were festive and bright for many but celebrated very differently by the enslaved. Take this opportunity to learn how the enslaved African Americans celebrated the holiday season.

2 - 4 PM and 6 - 8 PM: Mary Margaret Jones will envelope the Great Hall with the lovely sounds of period music on her harp.

6- 8 PM- Musket and Cannon Firings intermittently on mansion's front lawn

Sunday, December 9, 10 AM - 4 PM

10 AM, 11 AM & 12 PM: Hourly Guided House Tours will be offered on the hour beginning at 10:00AM

1 PM-4 PM: "Open House" starts at 1:00 PM. Hampton Mansion will feature an open house where visitors will be able to walk through at their own pace. Park staff will be available to tell the exciting stories of Hampton at Yuletide. Each room will highlight how Christmas was celebrated at different periods that the Ridgely family lived at Hampton, from 1783 - 1948. Learn how the holidays were observed by the Ridgely family, their slaves and tenant farmers on the estate.

12-4 PM: Carriage Rides by "Oh My Heart! Carriages": (CASH ONLY $10-adult, $5-12 and younger, under 1 free) timed carriage ride tickets will be available beginning at one. Seating is limited. No reservations will be accepted – first come, first served basis.

1 PM- 4 PM: Lively holiday music will be performed in the Great Hall by Doug Jimerson.

12 -1 PM: "Her Name Was Molly": Join storyteller Virginia Keeping as she portrays Molly Bannaky, the English grandmother of the first African American man of

Science, math and astronomy.

1:30 - 3:00 PM: Choreographie Antique will be dressed in War of 1812 attire and performing period dancing. Observe the splendor of the period and learn a few steps of your own. Participation from the audience will encouraged.

Noon - 4 PM: Period Craft Activities will be offered for all ages at the

Lower House. Visitors will make their own Victorian greeting card, period doll, and more. Activities and crafts are subject to change and available on a first come, first served basis.

updated: November 21, 2012

Did You Know?

Helen Stewart Ridgely

The fifth mistress, Helen Stewart Ridgely, visited the White House frequently because she was a school friend of President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife, Edith.