Hampton - The Story of America

Hampton National Historic Site preserves the center of a once-vast Maryland plantation. A microcosm of the nation, it reflects two centuries of American social, historical, and economic development. Visitors can explore the estate, owned by seven generations of the Ridgely family, as it evolved within a nation struggling to define its own concept of freedom.

A ranger giving a talk to visitors in front of the mansion.
Tour Information

Learn what tours and programs are happening.

People of Hampton
People of Hampton

Hundreds of people lived, worked, and were enslaved at Hampton coinciding America's development as a nation. Explore their stories.

c. 1897 image of a tenant farmer woman outside the Enslavement Quarters. NPS
Revealing the Lives of the Enslaved

A recent Ethnographic Study uncovered major information on the lives of those enslaved at Hampton and their descendants. Read about it here.

A historic picture of a part of the flower gardens called a parterre. A gardener in the middle. NPS
History & Culture

Hampton National Historic Site today preserves the core of what was once a vast commercial, industrial, and agricultural plantation.

Kids loading onto a school bus.
For Kids

Kids of all ages are welcome to find their park while learning and experiencing new things.

A group of modern people out front of the lower house, picnicing.
Things To Do

Whether you are interested in guided tours, or exploring the garden and grounds on your own, there are plenty of things to do at Hampton!

A group of diverse people outside of the Orangerie building, similar to a greenhouse.
Permits & Commercial Use

Depending on the size and complexity of the planned event, the park may require you obtain a special park use permit (SUP)

A visitor photographing living historians at Hampton.
Photography Quick Guide

Learn more about still photography and filming at Hampton.

Last updated: April 9, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286


410-962-4290 (option 2)

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