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 group of visitors participate in a program during Harvest Day.

2022 Harvest Day

Hampton's annual Harvest Day event is filled with hands-on activities, kids programming, demonstrations, and ranger-led programming.

A ranger giving a talk to visitors at the farm side of the park.

Ranger Programs

Learn what programs are happening at Hampton NHS this year!

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 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.

A painting of Helen West Stewart Ridgely.

Helen Ridgely Online Exhibit

A Modern Woman: The Many Roles & Achievements of Helen West Stewart Ridgley

Plan your class trips and lessons for education programs

Education Programs

Plan your class trips and lessons for education programs

Living historians talk to a visitor.

Trip Ideas

Plan your visit to Hampton NHS using these trip ideas!

Last updated: September 29, 2022

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