Please join us for HOLIDAYS AT HAMPTON A Yuletide Celebration
Saturday, December 12
10 am, 11 am & 12 pm: Hourly Guided House Tours. 12 pm-1 pm: Join Park Ranger and storyteller Anokwale at the Lower House as she recounts “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarter”. 2 pm: Historic African American spiritual singing. Renowned performer, Jim Thomas, will sing historic spiritual songs of the holiday season at the Lower House. 1 pm-4 pm: Mansion “Open House” where visitors may walk through at their own pace. Park staff and docents will tell the exciting stories of Hampton at Yuletide. Each room will highlight how Christmas was celebrated during different periods the Ridgely family lived at Hampton, from 1783 - 1948. Learn about the holiday observations of the family, tenant farmers, and the enslaved people. 3 pm & 4 pm: Regency Ball dance by Choreographie Antique. 3 pm-5 pm: Enjoy the sounds of the season in the Mansion's Great Hall with talented harpist, Elaine Bryant. 6 pm-8:30 pm: By popular demand - “Candlelight” Open House and period arts and crafts.
Sunday, December 13
10 am, 11 am & 12 pm: Hourly Guided Tours of the Mansion; 1 pm-4 pm: “Open House” 12 pm-1 pm: African American storytelling at the Lower House. Join Ranger Anokwale as she describes the Yuletide season at Hampton from the enslaved African-American perspective. Tour the original slave cabins and overseer’s house (Lower House). 1 pm-3pm: Free hand-made silhouettes like those done in the 1800s by Laura Muney, at the Lower House. 2 pm: Special performance - Madrigal singing of holiday carols by the Junior League of Baltimore “Larks”.
Today and every day
we are thankful for your gifts,
which provide invaluable assistance
as we work throughout the year
to assistthe National Park Service
in resource conservation
and community outreach.
On October 24 & 25, HHI hosted a show of plein air paintings by Artist in Residence (AIR) Paul Moscatt (pictured, above) and his painting group - including Carlene Baush Moscatt, Lissa Abrams, Lois Borgenicht, Joyce Klavan Jandorf, and Mark Olin Johnson. The artists painted at Hampton this summer and interpreted the site in wonderful color. The AIR program is a new dimension of the Hampton Arts Initiative, and HHI and Hampton NHS now join a select group of national parks hosting an AIR. We are very proud that MICA Professor Emeritus Paul Moscatt has joined us. HHI wishes to thank: Mr. Moscatt and the group for finding their park at Hampton; the NPS for the new picture-hanging system in the Orangery; and Ann Boyce, Nancy Scheinman, Peggy Grieve, Judith and Jeff Kremen, Judy Cohen, Kathy Novak, Raine Valentine, Leslie Weber and Suzie Merryman for their efforts to make the show a success. Click here view the photo gallery.
In celebration of the Centennial
of the National Park Service in 2016,
we invite you to...
Baltimore School for the Arts has found their park!
Update on Confronting the Past, theater production at Hampton, February 2016: Acting and Stage Design students are busy exploring the backgrounds of the people they will be portraying. They have now made three research trips to Hampton NHS, and are currently reading diaries, looking at books their characters owned, and digging deeper into the records of working people, enslaved and free, who made Hampton their home.
In the first photo, below, Acting sophomore Cecelia Roth-Eagle contemplates the woman she will be portraying: the "Lady With a Harp," Eliza Ridgely. In ”The Garden” the spirit of Eliza challenges the current mistress, Helen, to save her historic gardens.
In the second photo, below, Acting student Craig Reid, Jr. sees a photo of his character on the wall of the Lower House. Craig will be playing Mr. John Ridgely, Jr.’s butler, pictured in the Bodine photograph on his left. In “Historic Preservation” we get a glimpse into how leaving the mansion affected him.
Coming next time: Stage Design and Production students use all their talents to round out the program. In Scenic Design class, they have turned photos of Hampton into mini scenic drops for the performances. Those students will also be starting interviews of Hampton staff during their Audio class to create podcasts for the 2016 Centennial celebration of the National Park Service - FindYourPark. In Graphics class, students have begun postcard design.
We at Hampton are greatly looking forward to seeing the fruits of the labor from the theater students at Baltimore School for the Arts as they present to us: “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past,” three short plays about Hampton. Partnering with the National Park Serviceand Historic Hampton, Inc., we celebrate the 2016 Centennial of the NPS. This is the perfect time to look at what we have chosen to preserve, and how much we can still discover when we look with the eyes of the next generation. Stay tuned for more details of this free public performance to be presented at Hampton NHS on February 20, 2016 (snow date Feb. 27)...
ATTENTION ALL 4TH GRADERS!! Get your free pass to visit all public lands and waters! The National Park Foundation is proud to support the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park, which aims to connect all fourth graders and three adult guests to America's national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and more, for FREE! Fourth grade students, educators, and parents: visit www.everykidinapark.gov to get details and access your official pass.
Open OutDoors for Kids: Thanks to the National Park Foundation, FindYourPark, and funding partners including Disney, Hampton NHS will proudly participate during 2016 in this special program that will connect over 135,000 schoolkids to our nation's great public lands! "Using the spectacular and unparalleled resources of our nation's more than 400 national parks, the program's goal is to connect more children to their culture and heritage, enhance hands-on learning opportunities and deepen connections to the natural world."
CALL FOR JUDGES: Maryland History Day, May 7, 2016
Maryland History Day Needs You! Will you judge this year?
Maryland Humanities Council invites you to join us for an exciting day of student scholarship, when middle and high school students from throughout Maryland will present their History Day research projects addressing the theme Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.
You can play an important role in this in-depth learning experience by volunteering as a History Day judge—reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback. Categories include research papers, documentaries, dramatic performances, exhibits, and websites.The Maryland Humanities Council will provide guidelines and an orientation to help prepare you for this engaging experience.
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.
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.