Subject: Hampton Highlights - March 2016
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Hampton Highlights - March 2016

Latest news and information on events taking place at or in support of Hampton National Historic Site:

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Photo above: Hampton's North Facade, by Lanny Layman
Hampton NHS is very proud to be featured in the February 2016
issue of New England Antiques Journal!

Open for tours Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am - 4 pm.

Open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 am - 4 pm

Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Open daily in Orangery and Dovecote/Garage at farm.

NPS seeking Public Garden Student Intern:

May into August (approximately 10-12 weeks)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to noon

Help plant and care for annuals in historic parterre gardens.  Intern will be trained by National Park Service horticultural staff and expected to work independently once skills are established. Tasks include planting, mulching, watering, pinching and weeding by hand.  Learning opportunities include practicing woody plant identification, reviewing basic landscape history of the site and observing integrated pest management practices, including pest identification.

You must be: enrolled in an academic institution with coursework in or related to horticulture, botany, ecology or natural resource management; able to to work under difficult conditions, specifically: heat, sun exposure, pollen and occasionally, gnats.

To Apply
Send resume and cover letter describing your interest in horticulture and pertinent experience to: Brooke Derr, Horticulturist:
Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286
Application Deadline
MARCH 15, 2016

ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: The National Park Service will host an Open House to share information regarding the potential for Emerald Ash Borer at Hampton on Wednesday, March 23rd, 6 pm, in the Orangery (535 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286). Reps from Federal, State and local agencies will discuss potential options to manage impacts of this pest on trees in and around the park, and how it might affect the historic landscape. For more info, please contact Anna von Lunz at 410-962-4290 x-103; email:


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Baltimore School for the Arts
Hundreds of visitors came to Hampton in mid-February to witness the very talented ensemble of students, led by Production Coordinator Norah Worthington (pictured above with partial ensemble), as they presented Finding the Story: Confronting the Past. This consisted of three short plays - Voices, The Gardens, and Historic Preservation - that provided insight into the backstories at Hampton through the centuries, based on actual historical documentation of the Ridgely family and their workforce. Kudos to all for doing a tremendous job of taking us back in time with the hope of understanding the complexities within relationships that exist today. As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service it is a great 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. HHI, with the help of the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride program, was able to provide transportation funds for many students to participate in this program. Among the attendees were HHI board member and artist-educator Raine Valentine's class from Ridgely Middle School, who attended the play and observed the actors to create gesture drawings (pictured above), as well as take notes on new things they learned. CLICK HERE for the full gallery of photos.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the inaugural Louis S. Diggs Award, which will be presented to deserving recipients every year during Black History Month.The award is named for Baltimore County resident Louis S. Diggs, a respected and distinguished authority on County African-American history. Diggs’ research and historical perspective has guided him to publish 10 books; organize tours in the community; present lectures; and manage the Diggs-Johnson Museum in Granite.

“No one has done more to preserve and promote African American history in Baltimore County than Mr. Louis Diggs,” stated Kamenetz. “An award such as this is long overdue, and we in Baltimore County are so fortunate to have this notable expert on African American history right here in our own community.”

After surprising Diggs with the declaration of naming the award for him, Kamenetz revealed the 2016 recipients – Audrey Simmons and Ray Banks, who together brought the Hubert V. Simmons Museum for Negro Leagues Baseball to fruition. The Simmons Museum is located in the Owings Mills library.

PHOTOS: Full gallery of pictures.

VIDEO: Ellen Kobler, Baltimore County Office of Communications, interviews Mr. Diggs and Frances Cockey about their work with the Diggs-Johnson Museum.

Get your free pass to visit all of America's public lands and waters! The National Park Foundation is proud to support Every Kid in a Park, which aims to connect all 4th graders and three adult guests to our parks for FREE!
Please visit to get your official pass.
Hampton NHS announces a new temporary exhibit
Hampton Becomes a National Treasure
just opened in the North Portico Exhibit Gallery at Hampton Mansion.
“Hampton Becomes a National Treasure”
highlights the story of the park's founding and preservation and the contributions to the museum collection by family members and partner organizations. The exhibit, planned to coincide with the 100thanniversary celebration of the National Park Service and the Find Your Park initiative, will be on view through fall 2016.
As World War II continued to rage in the spring of 1944, David E. Finley, Director of the National Gallery of Art, was looking to enhance the museum’s newly established collection of American paintings. He learned that a magnificent portrait (Eliza Ridgely, “Lady with a Harp” - pictured, below, for the Women's Committee's Spring Luncheon) by American master Thomas Sully was located at Hampton. At the invitation of Hampton’s 6th master John Ridgely, Jr., Finley first visited the estate on May 31, 1944, initiating a chain of events that would eventually lead to both the establishment of Hampton National Historic Site as a unit of the National Park Service in 1948, and the founding of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As the only National Historic Site established for its “outstanding merit as an architectural monument” rather than association with a famous person or event, Hampton became an important symbol for the historic preservation movement nationwide.
This exhibit displays numerous original documents and images preserved in Hampton NHS’s archives, as it documents the site’s preservation and opening to the public. Through a rich and varied display of the park’s collection objects, it also illustrates the continuing generosity of both Ridgely family members and partner organizations over the past seven decades.
Upcoming programs and events...

It's Easy to Cook with Tea: Sunday, March 13 at 2pm. You drink tea, but there is so much more to tea! Join us in the Orangery to learn more about the benefits of tea. Janet Meyers and Erin Bradley from Tea by Two in Bel Air, MD will demonstrate how easy it is to cook with tea. From breakfast to dessert, learn and sample how you can drink your tea and eat it too! Seating in Orangery is limited. Free admission, no reservations. Wheel chair accessible. More info: 410-823-1309 x254;

Pictured above: Hampton's Veilleuse was made in Paris in the decades just before the American Civil War. It was designed to keep a small pot of tea or other beverage warm on a nightstand. The cylindrical stand that supports the teapot was meant to contain a small burner to keep the pot warm. The name veilleuse comes from the French for “nightlight” because the stand would glow when the burner inside was lit.Why not stop by Hampton for a visit, and you can see the veilleuse on display in the Guest Bedchamber?

Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White: March 20 and April 30 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.

Geocaches go live at Hampton! Saturday, March 26 at 8am. There will be four geocaches placed at Hampton. They're connected with an event called Cache Across Maryland, run by the MD Geocaching Society: This will include Hampton NHS as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Everything is secret until the release, so we'd love to tell you more, but we can't. Except that it'll be a lot of fun!

On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: April 3 at 2pm. Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors on a 90-minute tour through Hampton's slave quarters, overseer's house and dairy while giving voice to the enslaved African Americans who helped to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible.

AUDIO: Ranger Anokwale's commentary on forced servitude
at Hampton, as presented to WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore
(National Public Radio), on December 17, 2015.

Forgotten Warriors: Maryland’s Black Regiments During the Civil War: Sunday, April 10 at 2pm. African Americans have fought in every American war, yet little has been written about these men of valor. Join Charles Harley, a Civil War Reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington, DC, in the Orangery for an enlightening and exciting discussion about these unsung heroes of the Civil War. Learn about specific individuals who served in Maryland regiments, several of whom earned Medals of Honor, and the process in which the enslaved became soldiers. Admission is free. Seating is limited. For more info: 410-823-1309 x254;

Spring Luncheon: Wednesday, April 13 at 10am. Please join the Women's Committee of HHI for this popular annual event. This will take place at the Engineers Club at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion: 6 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201 (map). Event includes complimentary valet parking, silent auction, and cash bar. Net proceeds benefit projects at Hampton National Historic Site. For more details and to purchase tickets, please call Nancy Smith, Chair: 410-665-8133

4th Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibition: Sunday, April 24 at 2pm in the Orangery. All Hampton-inspired artwork, produced by students and teachers in the State of Maryland, is eligible to be exhibited and juried for prizes.  Click here for all details on HHI's website.

Magical Strings: Sunday, May 8 at 3pm in the Great Hall. Please join us for this entertaining Mother’s Day performance!  Washington Post described the music of Magical Strings as “sonically gorgeous.” It will carry you to sublime realms with ancient airs and have you dancing to lively jigs and reels, as we explore history through music. Pam and Philip Boulding have been touring internationally for 36 years and have recorded over 20 albums. They perform on their own handcrafted instruments, including the Celtic Harp and Hammered Dulcimer. Following the concert, you are invited to a reception in the Orangery to meet the musicians and see their beautiful instruments. $10 donation requested to support the Hampton Arts Initiative. Seating is limited, so please reserve your space:

Harriet Tubman Visits Hampton: September 17 at 2pm.

Please join master storyteller Janice Curtis Greene in Hampton's Orangery as she brings Harriet Tubman to life, recalling her early years at the Brodas Plantation, the horrors of slavery, her escape, and her involvement with the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Free to attend; first come, first served. 


Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929) was the wife of Hampton’s 5th master, Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938). She was a highly accomplished woman: a talented writer, antiquarian, artist, genealogist, manager, and hostess. She was the author of two books still considered standard references: The Old Brick Churches of Maryland (1894) and Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia (1908). A friend of the Theodore Roosevelts, she describes in her diary collecting eggs from Hampton’s chickens one morning before changing clothes and catching the train to go to tea at the White House in the afternoon. By odd coincidence, she first met her future husband while vacationing in Europe, when she was a young woman. They met again in Baltimore and became engaged. This splendid watercolor of a peony, rose, and asters was painted by Helen in Lousanne, Switzerland in 1870.

Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane, Towso
n MD 21286

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Events are subject to change; new events are being added.

Please check Events Calendar or call the Visitors' Center to verify:
410-823-1309, x-254

Unless otherwise noted, events are free to attend.

Visitor Contact Station open Thursday - Sunday.
Mansion & select outbuildings open Saturday & 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 8:30 am to 5 pm.

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. 
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