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Hampton National Historic Site
Based on 47 traveler reviews
Jul 25, 2014 by: GMCBaltimore from Baltimore
I've lived in this area for over 30 years and I finally made it for their Christmas tour. If you like to experience the 1900's you need to see this place.
A Hidden Beauty
Jul 22, 2014 by: 960mema65 from Westminster, Maryland, United States
Mt. Vernon and Monticello could fit inside Maryland's Hampton Plantation. Once the home of the wealthy Ridgely family and 350 slaves, it is beautifully restored. Our tour guide was a retired school administrator volunteer who seemed to be a bottomless cup of knowledge. He knew so much and answered all questions readily. There were few people visiting so we had plenty of time to see the grounds and the gorgeous home. This free historic site should be a starred attraction for all Marylanders, school children, and folks visiting from outside the state because it's a gem.
Gem of a place
Jul 03, 2014 by: Jean R from
This "house" was beautiful. It must have been something to ride up to back in the 1800's as even today it is quite grand. The builder/owner was quite a collector of so many pieces of fine art. The family was obviously well connected. The gardens would have been lovely. It is to bad that the house couldn't be used for an American version of Downton Abbey. Our tour guide could have been a bit more knowledgable, but for the most part this is a place I am glad we visited. It's free too.
Six stars and free
Jun 06, 2014 by: Tim479 from Glen Arm, Maryland
Hampton National Historic Site In 1790 this was the largest private house in America. I live in the area and have visited many times over the years. Not long ago it was in poor condition now the National Park Service has restored it to near perfection with government funds and private donations. It was home to the wealthy Ridgely family for seven generations. Before the civil war over 300 slaves worked the plantation as well as indentured servants and crafts people. The restored rooms in the house are filled with interesting furnishings of stunning beauty and color. The Ridgely family traveled the world and brought back pieces from many countries. The house and grounds are free to the public. One hour house tours are conducted by well versed volunteers. Visitors may wander the grounds and gardens by themselves but the house only with a guide. The grounds are open seven days a week, the house on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tours begin at 10 AM and hourly until 4 PM. The Park Service has almost completed a visitor center and large parking area. No doubt and for good reason they are expecting Hampton to be a very popular attraction.
Nice Interesting Visit
Jun 05, 2014 by: murphman from south jersey
My wife and I had a great time at the Hampton plantation located in the nice small town of Towson Maryland. I did not know this plantation even existed until I noticed it in a Maryland travel information guide. The rooms are renovated and the tour guide was excellent ! Unfortunately I do not recall her name but she was an excellent tour guide. Each room of the mansion is very impressive. The mansion tour is approximately 45 minutes and plan on spending time at the gardens and cemetery also. Their is a slave quarters across the street from the plantation which is also very interesting. Their is a park ranger, I believe her name was Angela....she was very good also. I learned more from Angela in ten minutes about the history of slavery in Maryland and in the south than any history teacher I have ever had back in high school! This is a must see if you are ever in the Baltimore area. Very nice tour guides, and park rangers make this a pleasant experience.
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