Harvest Day

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

NPS/Tim Ervin

October 21, 2023
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 Hampton, 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's Harvest Day is filled with hands-on activities, storytelling, demonstrations, and ranger led programs.

Ranger giving farm program
A ranger leads a group of visitors during Harvest Day.



Farm Programs
11:00—African American Storytelling and Music with Griots' Circle of Maryland
12:00—Farm Tour*
12:45—Corn Shucking Contest
1:00—African American Storytelling and Music with Griots' Circle of Maryland
2:00—Farm Tour*
2:45—Corn Shucking Contest

*Farm Tours: Meet in front of farmhouse. The 30-minute tour is free.

Living History Stations: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mansion Tours at 10am, 1pm, 3pm
Mansion Tours: Get tickets at Visitor Center. The free tickets are first-come, first-served and the tour lasts 45 minutes.

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

Station 1—Harvest Day Junior Ranger
Station 2—Apple Cider Press
Station 3—19th Century Open Fire Cooking
Station 4—Old Fashioned Toys & Making Cornhusk Dolls
Station 5—Griots' Circle of Maryland: Storytelling & Music at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Station 6—Butter churning at Diary with Maryland Dairy Princess
Station 7—Blacksmithing at Mule Barn
Station 8—Harvesting Tools at Corn Crib
Station 9—Draft Mules Ike and Terri

Living historian demonstrates 19th century music.
Living historian demonstrates 19th century music techniques.

NPS/Tim Ervin

Special Music

Our living historians will demonstrate some of the musical styles, instruments, and techniques used throughout the 19th century.

Storytellers from the Griots' Circle of Maryland will incorporate song with stories in the African folkloric tradition.

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!

Woman in 19th century clothing driving mule team
Learn about farm life in the 19th century.

NPS/Tim Ervin

Last updated: September 30, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286


410-962-4290 (option 2)

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