Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely

Painting of Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely in a blue dress.
Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely by John Hesselius.


The wife of Captain Charles Ridgely (who commissioned Hampton mansion to be built), Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely (1740-1812), was the first mistress of Hampton. She witnessed the construction of the mansion, but did not live there for long. After her husband’s death, she turned the new house over to her nephew, Charles Carnan Ridgely, and moved to a nearby estate in what is now Towson (now known as "Auburn"). Rebecca was a fervent and early convert to Methodism and donated a great deal of money to Robert Strawbridge, an Irish immigrant and preacher who is now recognized as the founder of Methodism in America.



  • A painting of Captain Charles Ridgely.
    Captain Charles Ridgely

    The owner who commissioned the building of the Hampton mansion.

  • A painting of  Charles Carnan Ridgely.
    Charles Carnan Ridgely

    Second owner of the Hampton mansion and at one time the governor of Maryland.

  • depiction of the ironworks
    The story of Toby

    The story of Toby, and enslaved worker in the Hampton ironworks.

  • African American man holding a wheelbarrow outside of the mansion
    Enslaved People

    Hampton was the second largest plantation in Maryland. Learn about the struggle, hardships, and lives of the enslaved.

  • Indentured Servants at Hampton
    Indentured Servants

    Indentured servants made up a significant portion of the Hampton labor force at one time. Read about their stories on the plantation.

  • African American Woman, Nancy Davis, and little white girl Eliza Ridgely
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    People of Hampton

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


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Last updated: April 12, 2024

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