Monday, May 6, 2013

Mary Ann's Visit: Part 2a: Hampton Mansion

The back of Hampton Mansion
The Hampton Mansion is a National Park Service Historic Site, located north of Baltimore, Maryland in Towson.  The mansion was built by Captain Charles Ridgely, whose father had purchased the land from a relative of Lord Baltimore. The mansion is built in the style of Georgian architecture and was completed in 1790.

Rob and Tom outside of the Hampton
MaryAnn and Tom peering in a 2nd floor room
MaryAnn, Tom and Rob looking for ghosts!
Hampton was a large plantation with a working and prosperous farm. There were numerous farm buildings and homes for the servants and slaves. Hampton thrived in the 1820s when it covered an area up to 25,000 acres. The property included croplands, orchards, livestock, stables, ironworks, and even coal mining. According to the National Park Service, Hampton was one of the largest slave-holding estates in Maryland.

Creepy doll set up on the 2nd floor
There are three floors to the mansion, and the third floor is blocked off to the general public.
The second floor contained some bedrooms, and one was decorated as a child's room with a small table and chairs with dolls. That setting was disturbing to me - maybe it was that the dolls were creepy looking!  - We also took a short video of the second floor to give you an idea of how it was set up.

The golden parlor

When we returned to the first floor the last room we walked through was a parlor that was brightly decorated and had lots of photos on the wall. We also took a short video of the room.

The dining room

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next