Hampton - The Story of America

Once possibly the largest private home in America by 1790, the Hampton mansion serves as a grand example of late-Georgian architecture in America. Hampton is also the story of its people, as the estate evolved through the actions of the Ridgely family, enslaved African Americans, European indentured servants, and paid laborers within a nation struggling to define its own concept of freedom.

Enslaved black man with wheelbarrow outside of slave quarters

Tracing Lives of the Enslaved Study

This report is a collection of eight essays resulting from a multi-year Ethnographic Overview and Assessment.



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Virtual Tours

Explore Hampton with virtual tours of the mansion and lower farm. Visit the virtual museum to see Hampton's extensive collections.

A painting of Helen West Stewart Ridgely.

Helen Ridgely Online Exhibit

A Modern Woman: The Many Roles & Achievements of Helen West Stewart Ridgley

A pink tree bloom at Hampton

Commercial Photography

Learn and understand the laws, policies, and regulations in regards to conducting commercial photography on park property

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Education Programs

Plan your class trips and lessons for education programs

For Kids

For Kids

Junior Ranger, field trips, and more!

Last updated: July 29, 2021

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