Harvest Day

A family talks with a living historian during Harvest Day.
A family participates in a 2021 Harvest Day program.

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October 22, 2022
11:00am - 4:00pm

Harvest Day traditionally commemorates the the day that agricultural communities would harvest their crops and store them for the winter. Large plantations, such as the Hampton Estate, for many years relied on enslaved and indentured labor in order to make this happen. Neighbors would also work together to ensure everyone's crops were cultivated. The work was was grueling and difficult, especially for those forced to labor on land that they did not own, to gather food and materials that they would not benefit from. Hampton NHS's Harvest Day is filled with hands-on activities, kids programming, demonstrations, and ranger led programming.

A ranger leads a program for a group of visitors.
A ranger leads a group of visitors during Harvest Day.

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Living History Stations: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
19th Century Live Music: 11:30 PM - 2:00 PM


10:00 AM - Mansion Tour
11:00 AM - Farm Tour
11:30 AM - Corn Shucking Contest
12:00PM - Farm Tour
12:30 PM - Corn Shucking Contest
1:00 PM - Mansion Tour
2:00 PM - Farm Tour
3:00 PM - Mansion Tour

Mansion Tours: Get tickets at Visitor Center tent. The free tickets are first-come, first-served and the tour lasts 30 minutes.
Farm Tours: Meet in front of farmhouse. The 30-minute tour is free.
Corn Shucking Contest: Meet at corn crib. The contest is open to anyone who wants to participate and takes 15 minutes to participate.

a living historian is holding a cornhusk that they've folded to look like a doll and showing visitors how to do it.
A living historian demonstrates how to make a corn husk doll.

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Program Stations

  • Blacksmithing demonstrations
  • Apple cider press
  • 19th century open fire cooking
  • Corn crib harvesting tools
  • Special Harvest Day Junior Ranger
  • Butter churning
  • Old-fashioned toys and corn husk dolls
  • Maryland Dairy Princess and award-winning Jersey cows
  • Draft mules Ike and Terri
  • Cider barrels cooper demonstration
A living historian holds a banjo and gestures to it while looking at another living historian.
Living historians demonstrate 19th century music techniques.

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Special Music

1:00-4:00 PM- Baltimore Old Time Jam will be playing American Folk Music on banjo, guitar, fiddle, and other instruments.

11:30 AM and 1:30 PM- Learn about 19th century husking parties involving dance and music. Take part in a corn shucking contest while musicians play.

JR badge with ranger hat
Junior Ranger badge with Ranger Hat


Become A Harvest Day Junior Ranger!

When you arrive at Harvest Day, check in with at the welcome table to receive your Harvest Day Junior Ranger activity!

Once you complete the activity, you will be sworn in as a Junior Ranger! And given a Junior Ranger badge and certificate!

A paper jr. ranger hat sits on top of a grey shirt with a Jr. Ranger patch.
Become a Hampton NHS Junior Ranger, with special activities for Harvest Day!

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Last updated: October 3, 2022

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