Kitchen

The Kitchen at Hampton is located in the east wing, connected to the main block of the mansion by a “hyphen” which Charles Carnan Ridgely had expanded to serve as a butler’s pantry in the 1810s.

The space is minimally furnished but reflects the room’s appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The lives of Hampton’s domestic servants, including a French chef and enslaved African-American housekeepers, cooks, and waiters are a focus of interpretation.

The Kitchen features rare surviving cooking equipment including a late 18th century, double-well stew stove where refined dishes and sauces could be prepared. A Rumford-style roasting oven, built into the side of the fireplace, was an innovative feature introduced to the Kitchen in the early 1830s.

Hampton National Historic Site Floor Layout Hampton National Historic Site Parlour Hampton National Historic Site Drawing Room Hampton National Historic Site Music Room Hampton National Historic Site Great Hall Hampton National Historic Site Dining Room Hampton National Historic Site Kitchen Hampton National Historic Site Guest Bedchamber Hampton National Historic Site Master Bedchamber Hampton National Historic Site Northeast Bedchamber