Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Touring the Hampton National Historic Site

Rob, Ruthie and Tom outside
The Hampton National Historic Site is a U.S. National Park Service run property that consists of a mansion, agricultural buildings, slave quarters, fields and more over 62 acres at 535 Hampton Ln, Towson, Maryland. Today we'll take you on a brief tour of the mansion and grounds as we ventured there last weekend with our friend Ruthie who was visiting us.

We had a fantastic Park Ranger, Elizabeth White, who explained that each of the rooms were furnished from a different period, and that the Ridgely's saved all their furniture (so most is original). In fact, they saved receipts for everything, so historic reconstructionists were able to replace wallpaper and colors. 

Tom and Ruthie In the Kitchen
HISTORY - It was built and owned by the Ridgely family and housed seven generations of them from 1745 to 1948. It is said to be one of the country's finest examples of a Georgian Manor house.

WHO WERE THE RIDGELY'S? - The property was originally part of the Northampton land grant given to Col. Henry Darnall (c. 1645–1711), a relative of Lord Baltimore, in 1695. His heirs sold the land on April 2, 1745, to Col. Charles Ridgely (1702–72), a tobacco farmer and trader. The bill of sale records that the property included "... houses, tobacco houses (tobacco barns), stables, gardens, and orchards. By the 1800s, the mansion overlooked a grand estate of orchards, ironworks, coal mining, marble quarries, mills, and mercantile interests.

The mansion

Rob, Tom and Ruthie

The dining room with a mural of Paris
WHEN DID IT BECOME PART OF THE PARK SERVICE? - On June 22, 1948, Hampton National Historic Site was established as the first National Historic Site by the National Park Service.


It has  exquisite decorative arts and furnishings, as well as historic photos and documents that capture over 200 years of life in the Mid-Atlantic region. It showcases Mid-Atlantic life from before the American Revolution to after World War II. The site commemorates major phases of American social, cultural, and economic history across three centuries.  

To see more museum collections at Hampton NHS visit http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/hampton/

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