On Sunday, April 24th, a perfect spring day, nearly 100 people came to Hampton to attend the 4th Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibit. This event is a partnership between HHI, the National Park Service, and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). The Orangery was filled with Hampton-inspired art produced by nearly 60 BCPS students and teachers. During the awards portion of the show, HHI honored BCPS Visual Arts Coordinator Linda Popp and Visual Arts Supervisor Farrell Maddox, who are retiring this year. HHI appreciates their support these past 4 years.
Thank you to the following people who helped make the exhibit a success: Education Committee: Willa Banks, Nancy Scheinman, Raine Valentine & Leslie Weber; Judges: Joe Giordano, Linda Popp, & Artist in Residence Paul Moscatt; Photographer Tim Ervin; HAI Chair Ann H. Boyce; HHI President Suzanne Merryman, and HHI Managing Director Judy D. Cohen.
Above: 1st Prize Middle School winner Sophia Fischer and Art Teacher Raine Valentine, both representing Ridgely Middle School.
GROUNDS: Daily, dawn to dusk for pedestrians, 9am - 5pm for cars.
RESTROOMS: Daily, 9am - 4pm in Orangery and Dovecote at the farm.
Upcoming programs and events...
MOTHER'S DAY AT HAMPTON: Sunday, May 8, 11am to 4pm.
Celebrate the holiday in a special way with all that Hampton has to offer. Guided tours of the historic gardens will be offered at 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Celtic duo Magical Strings will perform in the Mansion's Great Hall at 2pm. Reserved seating is now full, but visitors will be invited to participate as capacity allows. At 3:15pm there will be a reception in the Orangery to meet the musicians and see their hand-crafted instruments. A $10 donation is requested to help support ongoing programs of the Hampton Arts Initiative.
COLOR-FULL AT HAMPTON:Tuesday, May 17 at 9am.
Please join us as we fill the historic urns at Hampton, and help make the grounds come alive! Volunteers are needed to help with planting. If interested please contact Elyssa Baxter: email@example.com.
HHI and the National Park Service at Hampton NHS extend their heartfelt gratitude to Elyssa Baxter for inaugurating and overseeing the URN Project, and to her and all members of the Federated Garden Clubs of MD District III for their tireless efforts over many decades of support for Hampton.
Annuals will be planted in the parterre gardens after Mother's Day. This is a wonderful place to picnic with friends!
Where the Rubber Meets the Road:Sunday, May 22, 12 to 4 pm.Over 20 historic vehicles will descend on Hampton's carriage drive in front of the palatial mansion. This event will explore the impact of the automobile on American society. Spearheaded by the Chesapeake Region Antique Automobile Club of America, vintage cars will include a 1938 convertible coupe that was awarded "The Spirit of Buick" trophy, and a 1941 Buick Woody Wagon. "Cars represent eras of time" says Vince Vaise, Chief of Interpretation. "For some they convey status, for others they contain memories." Come to Hampton to explore the vintage cars and tour the mansion.
Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White:Sunday, May 22 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.
Harps at Hampton:Sunday, May 22, 2pm to 4pm.
The Chesapeake Harp Ensemble will perform under Eliza Ridgely's portrait during tours in the Great Hall. Nine harpists will play such works as Jupiter, Scarborough Fair, and the popular hit Happy by Pharrell Williams. Two members of the group will also perform wonderful solo works. Come and enjoy the heavenly sounds of the harp while you tour the beautiful Hampton Mansion! And please note: all tours begin in the Visitor Contact Station.
All American House/2016TM:Sunday, June 19 at 2pm, Orangery. Curator Gregory Weidman will relate the fascinating story of how the great Georgian mansion was saved and became a unit of the National Park Service in 1948. 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. In addition to being an architectural gem, the mansion is filled with wonderful antique furnishings that once belonged to the seven generations of the original residents, the Ridgely family (above: Baltimore Empire painted sofa, 1832, by John Finlay). After the lecture Ms. Weidman will lead a tour in the mansion focusing on these great examples of Baltimore craftsmanship. Visitors will also view “Hampton Becomes a National Treasure,” a temporary exhibit highlighting the story of the park's founding and preservation. The exhibit was planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the NPS and the Find Your Park initiative.This program is offered by Hampton NHS as an Affiliate “Baltimore’s American TreasuresTM” in cooperation with MADE: In America and the Carroll Museums event All American House/2016TM.
“Hampton Becomes a National Treasure”
highlights the story of the park's founding and preservation and the contributions to the museum collection by Ridgely 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 in the Mansion's North Portico through fall 2016.
Hampton NHS is very proud to be featured in the February 2016
issue of New England Antiques Journal.CLICK HERE.
ATTENTION ALL 4TH GRADERS!!
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 www.everykidinapark.gov to get your official pass.
“Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live,
our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters,
these places are your birthright as Americans.” President Barack Obama
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.
Programs made possible in part by 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.