John Carnan Ridgely

Painting of John Carnan Ridgely.
John Carnan Ridgely by Thomas Sully.


Third owner of Hampton, John Carnan Ridgely (1790-1867), was the first member of the family born in the mansion and the last member of the family who owned enslaved people. John inherited a plantation with no enslaved labor, due to the terms of his father's, Governor Charles Ridgely, will. In partnership with his second wife, Eliza, he decided to rebuild the agricultural plantation system and purchased 61 enslaved persons.

After spending significant money to buy back animals, farming tools and people to work the land at Hampton, John Ridgely lavished more funds and attention on the mansion, grounds and farm, introducing modern innovations such as plumbing, gas lighting and “central heating” to the mansion. Less engaged in politics and civic endeavors than his father, he focused his attentions on the estate and was said to have “a great passion for horses and the outdoor life.” John and Eliza’s love of music, travel and collecting is still evident in the mansion today.

Last updated: June 24, 2020

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

535 Hampton Lane
Towson , MD 21286



Contact Us

Stay Connected