Hello, I'm Tyler Lehmann, the garden intern at Hampton this summer. I'm from Towson, and I'm a rising senior at Elon University in North Carolina, pursuing a degree in Environmental and Ecological Sciences, with minors in Biology and Sociology. Through my hobbies and studies I have kindled a strong passion for the outdoors and a fascination for America’s National Parks.
As the sole garden intern at Hampton I have two main responsibilities: to tend to the parterres and to the urns around the Mansion. I was trained by Gardener Amanda Ramey on how to identify the annuals and the weeds, determine how much watering to do, and how to remove spent blooms.
I'm at Hamtpon 3 days a week for 5 hours a day. I began working at the end of May, and will finish the internship in mid-August. For the first week or so I would come into work each morning and Amanda would brief me on the different tasks that needed my attention. During the first few days she even came out to help me and show me how to carry out my job. Before long I was granted much more independence within my field of responsibility.
What I enjoy most about my internship is a sense of independence while I work. I take much pride in the state of Hampton’s gardens, as they add so much beauty to the site itself. It's so nice to be able to make my own positive contribution.
Events are subject to change; new events are being added.
Please check Events Calendar or call the Visitors' Center to verify:
Unless otherwise noted, events are free to attend.
Visitor Contact Station, Mansion, select outbuildings open Thursday - Sunday. The Mansion's first floor and the Orangery are handicap-accessible. Grounds open daily from dawn to dusk for pedestrians;
motor vehicles allowed from 8:30am to 5pm.
A Sunday of Silhouettes: August 9 at 1pm. Lauren Muney of Silhouettes By Hand will present a program about the history and art of silhouette cutting. Silhouettes are miniature profiles cut freehand by scissors in less than 2 minutes. Before photography, silhouette portraiture was the only inexpensive way to remember a loved one. Now the art form is practiced by a handful of people around the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to have their silhouettes cut by Ms. Muney after the program. Admission: free. Seating: limited - first come first served.
Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White:August 16 and September 27 at 2pm.Experience through an enslaved woman's eyes the “peculiar institution” that fueled the United States’ economic engine and helped to make vast plantations, such as Hampton, possible. Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will take you on a 90-minute journey through the mansion, ice house, and octagon house foundation.
On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour:August 23 and September 6 at 2pm.Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through several historic structures and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who helped to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible.
SEA SERVICES CEREMONY: this Saturday, August 1st at 2 pm.
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the United States Coast Guard!U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon to Perform! Come to Fort McHenry NM&HS for a special FREE afternoon tattoo ceremony featuring patriotic music, military pageantry and living history. The program begins with a concert by the Chesapeake Concert Band, precision rifle drill by the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon,presentation of colors by the Coast Guard Color Guard, demonstration of hand-to-hand combat exercises, and fife and drum music from the War of 1812 by the Fort McHenry Guard.
The highlight of every twilight tattoo is the designation of the "Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard." This time the honor goes toRear Admiral Stephen Metruck, head of the Fifth U.S. Coast Guard District. Past honorees have included philanthropists, sports heroes, and those who have given to the community.This year marks the Centennial of the U.S. Coast Guard.
During World War II, Fort McHenry served as a U.S. Coast Guard training base. Over 26,000 men and women trained in shipboard firefighting and port security. It is an honor to have the USCG back 70 years later for this special afternoon ceremony.
Following the tattoo, visitors will be invited tofold the great 30' x 42' Star-Spangled Banner flag and hear the firing of the Fort’s evening gun.
Programs are brought to you by
the National Park Service at Hampton National Historic Site and Historic Hampton, Inc.,
with support from the many friends of Hampton, including:
You'll find a unique selection of Hampton merchandise at Eastern National's outlet in the Visitor Contact Station. Proceeds support the site.
In addition, we are grateful that many of this year's programs
are made possible by a generous grant from
the Maryland Humanities Council,
through support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed
do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities
or the Maryland Humanities Council.