Hampton - The Story of America

Once possibly the largest private home in America by 1790, the Hampton mansion serves as a grand example of late-Georgian architecture in America. Hampton is also the story of its people, as the estate evolved through the actions of the Ridgely family, enslaved African Americans, European indentured servants, and paid laborers within a nation struggling to define its own concept of freedom.

A ranger giving a talk to visitors at the farm side of the park.
Ranger Programs and Tour Information

Learn what programs are happening at Hampton NHS this year!

Ranger talking with visitors in mansion dining room.
Mansion Tours

Tour the historic mansion and exprience over 150 years of history.

A photograph of the Hampton Mansion on a sunny day.
Photography at Hampton

Learn more about still photography and filming at Hampton.

Enslaved black man with wheelbarrow outside of slave quarters
Tracing Lives of the Enslaved Study

This report is a collection of eight essays resulting from a multi-year Ethnographic Overview and Assessment.

A picture of Hampton Hall exterior in early winter evening
Plan Your Visit

Learn more about how to plan your visit to Hampton

A image in Appleton's magazine of Hampton mansion in 1876.
History & Culture

The historical and cultural significance of Hampton along with information on the people, places, architecture, and collections.

Ridgely stag on iron historic gate
Trip Ideas

Plan your visit to Hampton using these trip ideas!

Last updated: June 4, 2023

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535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286


410-962-4290 (option 2)

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