Regular and special guided tours of Hampton are offered year-round. Tours offer a more in-depth look and understanding of the site, its history, and resources. We also offer special events throughout the year, which can be viewed on our events calendar. Below are some of the guided tours that we offer:
MansionExplore over 150 years of American history by touring the historic mansion. Park rangers and guides will take you through the rooms of the mansion and share the history of those who lived and worked on the estate. Each room of the mansion showcases different eras of history from post-revolutionary America to the 1920's, with thousands of original artifacts on display. Mansion tours are available Thursday-Sunday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. More information is available to help you plan your visit.
Join a park ranger for a guided tour of the Lower Farm to learn more about the indentured, enslaved, and paid laborers who lived and worked on the estate, as well as the different purposes that the farm served in helping to fuel the estate. The tour takes visitors through original preserved structures like the dairy, slave quarters, and lower house.
Art and Architecture
Without a direct link to a famous historic figure or event in American history, Hampton was the first site to be preserved by the National Park Service based on its architectural merit alone. The Hampton mansion boasts a grand eighteenth century Georgian design and a collection of paintings that spans the many periods and styles of American artwork. Join a park ranger for a guided tour of the exterior of the mansion and learn more about the art and architecture of Hampton as examples of American grandeur and style. Through preservation, sites like Hampton continue to tell the story of America through cultural resources such as paintings, buildings, and landscapes.
Gardens and LandscapesGardening and scenic landscaping have played important roles in social and cultural histories of the United States and the world. For much of Hampton’s history, scenic gardening reflected the interests, social statuses, wealth, and creativity of the Ridgely family. From the 1790’s to modern day, the cultural landscape of Hampton has changed to suit the wants and needs of those who occupy the property. From ornate gardens that mirror those of great palaces in Paris, to the more practical use of greenhouses for cultivating flowers and vegetables, Hampton’s landscape tells the story of the many functions of landscaping and the labors used to create scenic grounds. Join a guided tour of the Hampton gardens to learn more about the history of the estate’s cultural landscape and its purpose over time. Discover the many functions of the gardens and how the National Park Service preserves the gardens today.
This program typically takes place outdoors and is offered in the spring and summer. Dates and times are made available on the events calendar.
Last updated: April 26, 2020