Subject: Hampton Highlights - September 2015
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Hampton Highlights - September 2015

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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-251

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.

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On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: September 6 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.

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices: September 20 at 2pm. The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions–presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. African American Folk Songs and Spirituals, featuring shouts, hollers, poetry and readings will be performed. Spirituals will include laments that convey the anguish of the “auction block” days and songs of strength and determination in the face of adversity.

Program made possible with support from Maryland Humanities Council.

In the Orangery. Admission is free, first-come first-served. For more information please visit or call 410 823-1309 x208.

Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White: September 27 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.

Cooking on the Hampton Plantation: October 11 at 1pm. Join food historian Michael Twitty during Harvest Day at Hampton, featuring a live demonstration of the African influence on American cuisine. While using an authentic outdoor grill in front of the overseer’s house, 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 Africans, African Americans and their food ways.

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;
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 24. Please join us in Hampton's Orangery for a boutique art show featuring the Hampton-inspired, plein-air artworks of Paul Moscatt and his students. Stay tuned for additional details, to be posted in the October Hampton Highlights. 
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 on evening of 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.
Going to the mall today? In October 1770 you might have gone shopping, not for new clothes, but for some salt pans. These were shallow cast iron pans used to make salt by boiling the water off of brine, or salty water, which leaves behind pure salt. Salt did something far more important than make food taste good; it preserved it. Salted meat or fish had a long shelf life, and could be stored without refrigeration. Salt was so critical to food preservation that Lewis and Clark set up a salt making camp on their famous expedition. They made salt while overwintering on the Pacific Coast. They then used it to preserve food for their return journey. Housewives often kept a salted cod nailed to the kitchen wall. This fish could stay edible for years. Salt was made in small batches in rural farms, and large batches in industrial factories. In the first half of the 19th century, Syracuse, NY, produced so much salt that its nickname is The Salt City.

Top photo, above: This advertisement is from the 7 October 1770 edition of the Maryland Journal. In October 245 years ago, you might have decided that the family farm needed a new salt pan. Where to go? Just a little bit north of Hampton was Northampton - the Ridgely family iron furnace - now in the Loch Raven watershed. There you could have bought one or two, or ordered some in custom-made sizes. Free shipping? Sorry, the shipping was do-it-yourself. Cast iron is very heavy. Probably a good idea to bring a strapping young lad or two to help with that.

Photo, left, above: Close-up of the Lewis and Clark salt cairn where the expedition produced sorely needed salt from ocean water. A fire was prepared in the oven-like compartment to heat salt water to evaporate in the kettles set atop the cairn.

Photo, right, above: Dried, salted cod. Fish like this were often hung on kitchen walls, ready to be cooked. Their shelf life was measured in years.
And from our friends at Fort McHenry ...

DEFENDERS DAY WEEKEND: September 11, 12, 13
The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend honors Defenders’ Day, Baltimore’s oldest holiday commemorating the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner!” Enjoy living history, cooking demonstrations, musket firings, a dress parade, author readings, the raising of huge Star-Spangled Banner flag, fireworks, and much more!

STAR-SPANGLED RECEPTION: September 12, 5pm to 9pm
Celebrate the successful defense of Fort McHenry and the City of Baltimore from British Invasion 201 years ago—by joining the Friends of Fort McHenry for the STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR RECEPTION to commemorate Defenders’ Day! Event will feature a delicious buffet, desserts from Atlantic Caterers, Ryleigh's Oysters, Heavy Seas Beer and Atlantic Wines. Enjoy the reception under the tent in the shadow of the evening’s public program beginning at 6:30pm. This will feature a concert by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, musket firing demonstrations and a spectacular fireworks show! We will honor Mr. Bill Pencek with the 2015 Francis Scott Key award for distinguished service to the citizens of Maryland and Fort McHenry. As the leader in the statewide Bicentennial commemorations, Bill worked tirelessly for nearly ten years to make these events the amazing success that they were. His passion for history and Fort McHenry has been nothing less than spectacular!

For more details: Friends of Fort McHenry
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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