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 in front of the mansion.
Ranger Programs and Tour Information

Learn what programs are happening at Hampton NHS this year!

History & Culture
History & Culture

Hundreds of people lived and worked at Hampton against the backdrop of America's development as a nation. Explore their stories.

Hampton's granary and dairy with fall foliage.
Plan Your Visit

Learn more about how to plan your visit to Hampton

Great horned owl in tree.
Permits & Commercial Use

Learn more about special permits and commercial use in the park.

Page listing clothing given to enslaved “Farm Servants” in December 1842, from Eliza E. Ridgely.
Stories of the Enslaved

Explore the stories of community, family, and resistance among the enslaved workers at Hampton.

Ranger talking with visitors in mansion dining room.
Mansion Tours

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

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 visitor photographing living historians at Hampton.
Photography Quick Guide

Learn more about still photography and filming at Hampton.

Last updated: February 13, 2024

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535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286


410-962-4290 (option 2)

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