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“Great Family Site to Visit”

Hampton National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Towson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Hampton Historic Site offers a glimpse into Colonial and early American lifestyles.
Reviewed 13 April 2013

Visited this site during the week late in the day around 4:00PM and caught the last tour through the house that was built in the late 1700's. The docent was excellent. She started by introducing us to the family through the family pictures in the great room where we started our tour. Then as we proceeded through the rooms we learned more about each of the family members whose faces we had seen. By the end of the tour we felt that we knew the family and the generations that had lived in the house.

Each room is so beautifully decorated in the period with much of the furniture and artifacts original to the house. This house is indeed a national treasure that is run by the park service with free admission to the buildings and grounds. Allow enough time to see the entire property. We got there late so were only able to see the house. There is also a farm area down the hill with additional out buildings worth a visit. And check out the ice cellar outside the front of the house so the family could have ice cream and chilled drinks throughout the hot Maryland summer. There is a huge Lebanon cedar tree with a massive trunk just behind the house that was grown from a small cutting that one of the family members brought back from a trip to the middle east in the 1800's. It is also fun to walk around the house to see it's symmetry with both the front and rear entrances the same. Hard to imagine that it was constructed in the late 1700s it is so well preserved. Definitely intend to go back to this site on the next trip to Baltimore to spend more time.

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Reviewed 7 April 2013

A very competently-guided tour of one of Towson's historic homes. Nicely renovated, and beautiful grounds.

Thank vivavino
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

On a very chilly Saturday afternoon, our family decided to visit Hampton Mansion. It had been years since we last visited and knew that some great progress had been made since word gets around Baltimore pretty quickly. This property has an extensive history dating back to the mid-late 1700s and the family tree, business dealings and local history is all explained on a free tour. The mansion sits high on a hill and surrounded by a beautiful lawn, tall trees and lush gardens (when in season). Across the street and down a little ways is a lower house, slave quarters and farming area. The takeaway from this experience is that the Ridgely Family once owned 25,000 acres in the Baltimore area. They had a lot of power. MANY of the pieces of art, furniture and other items of decor are original to the home and not cheesy replicas. To know before you go - it's free, plenty of parking, bathrooms on the property, wear comfortable shoes and there is a museum shop. Visit the website to find special events that might interest you. Thank you for the park rangers for their enthusiasm and patience.

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Reviewed 17 March 2013

This historical site is not only gorgeous, but so much information was provided. The docent was very knowledgeable and spent an hour telling us all about the generations that lived in the house and the history of the property. After a thorough guided tour of the mansion, you are free to roam the grounds and see the gardens and other buildings. Also, jump in the car for a minute long ride to the slave quarters, Lower House and other buildings. At this site no tour was provided, although there was an informational video and inside each building was hands-on exhibits and materials to read and peruse. The tour/site did a great job at not only giving information about the family that lived in the mansion, but all about the slaves that lived on the property and made it all possible. I felt they adequately handled a delicate subject.

I live in Baltimore County, about 20 minutes away, but never knew this was here. Even though it was a bit chilly and dreary, I am so glad we discovered it. This is a must see for history buffs and those who like grand homes.

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We came across this enormous mansion purely by accident and what a find! If it hadn't been 30 degrees I would have strolled around the expansive grounds that must be just wonderful in the spring and there are outbuildings that can be toured as well.
The decor of the rooms is beautiful and the admission price of $0 for the guided tour is almost scandalous! It's too bad they can't charge admission to maintain this property at this high level of quality must be quite costly. Very cute gift shop with some lovely things.

Thank Susan116
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