Subject: Hampton Highlights - October 2015
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Hampton Highlights - October 2015

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

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Now appearing in all their glory:
geraniums, ferns and coleus in Hampton's historic urns!

HHI and the National Park Service are very pleased to support the URN Project:
Hampton's urns have been "adopted" by members of the Federated Garden Clubs of MD District III. These dedicated volunteers have been providing support and resources for the grounds/gardens of Hampton NHS for over 60 years. The project involves filling and maintaining 27 historic urns around the Mansion and on the Grand Terrace, using plant materials suggested by the NPS.

HHI and NPS Resource Management staff and volunteers wish to thank Elyssa Baxter for organizing the project, the 2015 garden intern Tyler Lehmann, the Garden Clubs for their support of the intern program, Woodbrook-Murray Hill Garden Club for the purchase of a watering tank, and the volunteer "watering team" including Peggy Grieve, Barbara Lee, Mary Pawluk and Patricia Sipes.  

For more photos/info on Hampton's cultural landscape:
And to watch a brief video showing how we prepped for the URN Project...


Historic Hampton, Inc.

Members of HHI:
Please join us for the Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 14 at 4 pm
in the Orangery at Hampton

To RSVP by email:

To become a Member and help us in support
of this national treasure:


A message from the National Park Foundation: We can't think of a better way to kick off the school year than with a 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 to connect fourth graders to America's public lands and waters. Starting September 1, all fourth graders attending school in the United States get their very own Every Kid in a Park pass, which gets them and three adult guests into national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and more for FREE! Fourth grade students, educators, and parents can visit to get their official pass and learn more about this exciting initiative.
Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane, Towso
n MD 21286

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Events Calendar
Site Map/Directions
Hampton National Historic Site

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, 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.

On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: October 4 and November 1 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.

Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White: October 25 and November 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.

Harvest Day at Hampton: October 11 at 1pm Cooking on the Hampton Plantation. Join food historian Michael Twitty for a presentation on the African influence on American cuisine. While using an authentic outdoor grill in front of the Overseer’s House on the farm, Mr. Twitty will present the hidden food history of African Americans, who were the real cooks and gardeners to the renowned hosts and hostesses of the South. Mr. Twitty is well-known for his expertise in the history and heritage of enslaved African Americans and their foodways.

Also taking place during Harvest Day:
11 am to noon - Join Ranger Anokwale for a tour of the farm as she shares stories of some of the people who were enslaved on the Hampton estate.

Noon to 3 pm - Join the "Dairy Princesses" for live demonstrations of cow milking, as they answer your questions about dairy farming.

Program made possible with support from Maryland Humanities Council.

Admission is free. All ages welcome. For more info: 410-823-1309, x-208;
PAUL MOSCATT'S LANDSCAPE GROUP PAINTS HAMPTON: Reception - Saturday, October 24, 1 to 4 pm; exhibition continues Sunday, October 25, 12 to 3 pm. Please join us in Hampton's Orangery for a unique art show featuring the Hampton-inspired, plein-air artworks of Paul Moscatt and other local artists. Mr. Moscatt, known for his portrait and figure painting, has also painted landscapes throughout his career. He brings the same enthusiasm and energy to landscape that he does to his figure work. In the painting above, he has taken advantage of the imposing architecture to highlight the grandeur of the Hampton Mansion against the brilliant summer sky. Mr. Moscatt’s painting group had the opportunity to paint at Hampton this year. With the imposing Ridgely mansion, the ancient catalpa trees, statuary and gardens, this extraordinary park provides each artist with material for his or her unique artistic sensibility. Please join us as we celebrate their efforts.

Event is free to attend. Artwork will be for sale (cash/checks preferred).
For more details:
Photo: Veilleuse (Teapot on Stand) from the Hampton NHS Collection.

How to Host an Afternoon Tea: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2pm: Hosting an Afternoon Tea party is a wonderful tradition, as well as a way to celebrate with friends and family. From creating your guest list to setting the table and serving the tea, Janet Meyers and Erin Bradley from Tea by Two in Bel Air will share tips on how to bring the elegance of tea to your own home. You will receive recipes, decorating ideas and tea brewing instructions, as well as make ahead tips for effortless entertaining.

Program made possible with support from Maryland Humanities Council.

Seating in the Orangery is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Free Admission (no reservations taken). Wheel chair accessible. For more information call 410 823-1309 x208 or visit

Wine & Dine: Friday, November 13

Please join the
Women's Committee of Historic Hampton, Inc.
as they host this annual event, featuring
gourmet dining and fine wines.

Event will take place at the Engineers Club at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion in Mount Vernon. Complimentary valet parking will be available in front of the mansion. Net proceeds will benefit projects at Hampton National Historic Site.

For more details please contact Nancy Smith, Chair of the Women's Committee, at 410-665-8133.
Holidays at Hampton: December 11, 12 & 13

Calling all Volunteers! Your help is needed to serve as a Docent during Yuletide festivities. People needed to staff each room in the Mansion. A script will be provided, and gratitude will be extended. Shifts: 4 hour slots  - Satuday/day, Saturday/evening, and Sunday/day. Other volunteer opportunities may be available. Please email: and help us to make this happen. Thanks!

Events will include:
US Slave Song Project
Saturday, December 12, 2 pm, Overseer's House at the farm
A Sunday of Silhouettes at Hampton
Sunday, December 13 at 1 pm in Overseer's House at the farm

Details will be posted here as they become available: and
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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