HAMPTON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE CELEBRATES NATIONAL PARK WEEK
IN GRAND STYLE!
APRIL 19 - 25, 2015: Please join us as we celebrate National Park Week in a big way! A week-long series of events will highlight the history of Hampton NHS, involve exciting activities for kids, and focus on how and why Hampton became a unit of the National Park Service.
“Hampton has been called Baltimore County’s best kept secret and it’s time we let that secret out. It is Baltimore County’s only National Park unit. It has stories that are nationally significant, that relate to conservation of both cultural and natural treasures,” says Chief of Interpretation Vince Vaise.
April 19:Ducking Dog Day11am - 4pm
Members of the Ridgely family of Hampton were avid duck hunters. Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs were their favored pet. Join us for a fun afternoon of demonstrations as trainers explain what it takes to make a well-disciplined hunting dog. Watch decoy carvers practice their art. See special displays about duck hunting in Maryland from the Havre DeGrace Decoy Museum. It will be a blast!
April 20:The Painting that Saved a Mansion10am and 2pm
Join NPS Historian Scott Sheads as he tells the story of how a famous portrait in the mansion led to the preservation of Hampton as a National Park site. This 40-minute presentation blends humor and history with historic preservation. A mansion tour follows each program.
April 21:Grounds, Gardens, and Historic Landscapes10am
Join the NPS team for a special tour of the grounds and gardens. Discover what made Hampton’s formal gardens renowned during the 19th century. Tour will include rare trees, visits to the garden outbuildings, and insights into how the historic formal garden was restored. Discover what Frederick Law Olmstead and the Ridgelys had in common!
April 22:Planting a Legacy...Earth Day at Hampton10am
Celebrate Earth Day as the NPS staff plants Holly trees and other species. A number of plantings will be native species that once flourished on the Ridgely estate. Following the planting ceremony NPS specialists from the Frederick Law Olmstead Center will give a presentation about Hampton’s cultural landscape report, which represents six years of intense study, and sets forth a master plan for restoring the site’s grounds back to their historic appearance. A special tour comparing the Mansion’s modern geothermal heating/cooling system to the use of spring water in cooling the original 1790s dairy building will be given after the program.
April 24:Grand Opening of Visitor Contact Station10am
Join elected officials, students, park staff and friends for the grand opening of the Visitor Contact Station, Collection Storage Building, and dedication of the new parking lot! The ribbon-cutting will take place at 10am at the VCS. Following the ceremony visitors will be invited to tour the new Collection Storage Building to see how Hampton’s collection objects, representing almost 300 years of Baltimore County history, are preserved. Please RSVP via email: email@example.com
April 25:Historic Preservation Program11am
Explore the worlds of art and crafts at Hampton's Lower House as we showcase historic preservation skills with demonstrations by a specialist from the Historic Preservation Training Center highlighting skills in woodworking and stone masonry.
April 25:Student/Teacher Art Exhibition2pm - 4pm
As a program of the Hampton Arts Initiative, please join us as for the 3rd Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibition in the Orangery. Artwork inspired by the beauty of Hampton will be on judged for prizes and offered for sale. Please join us in support of local talent of all ages and abilities, from throughout Maryland.
Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane, Towson MD 21286
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. The Mansion's first floor and the Orangery are handicap-accessible.
Ducking Dog Day:Sunday, April 19, 2015, 11am - 4 pm. The Ridgelys were avid hunters for many generations (family relative James McHenry Howard, pictured above), and Charles Ridgely was the President of the Carroll's Island Ducking Club, where the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was bred. Join us for this exciting program showcasing the State Dog of Maryland, and featuring decoy carvers, displays about duck hunting from the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, and more.
Visitor Contact Station-Grand Opening:Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10am.
the National Park Service
and Historic Hampton, Inc. Friday, April 24 at 10am as we celebrate the grand opening of
Hampton's new Visitor Contact Station!
3rd Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibition: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2pm - 4pm in the Orangery.All are welcome for the 3rd Annual Hampton Arts Initiative (HAI) Student/Teacher Exhibition. The event, which will feature original works of art inspired by Hampton NHS, is the result of a successful partnership between HHI/NPS and Baltimore County Public Schools. Teachers and students K-12 from all over Maryland were invited to submit entries, which will be judged and awarded prizes. Please join us as we celebrate local talent!
Harps and Bards of Celtic Lands: Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12pm - 1:30pm in the Orangery. Join Philip & Pam Boulding of Magical Strings for a presentation on the ancient bardic traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including colorful stories related to the harp. Discussion will include construction methods used for building harps from ancient times to the present, along with different playing and arranging techniques. Magical Strings will demonstrate on their Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, and other instruments. If you have your own harp you are encouraged to bring it! Workshop to be followed by a performance in the Mansion's Great Hall at 3pm. SEATING IS LIMITED.
On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour:May 23, 2015, at 2pm.Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through the authentic slave quarters, dairy and overseer’s home and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who helped to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible.
Our Family Tells Stories Series:Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 2pm, Orangery.Join us for another "funtastic" afternoon of Afrocentric storytelling with the very talented Diane Macklin. The "Lady teller" has delighted audiences for over 15 years, sharing tales through a "dynamic" style (as seen in the Washington Post), seasoned with rhythm, sounds, and movement, while engaging listeners of all ages. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of educational fun!
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:
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.