Hampton National Historic Site

Mailing Address
Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286

Contact: Julia Lehnert
Phone: 410-823-1309

Hours of Service
By appointment only.

Hampton Mansion, located north of Towson, Maryland, was the home to the Ridgely family from 1790 until the 1940s. A visit to its buildings and grounds tells the story of people — enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, industrial and agricultural workers, and its owners.

Members of the Ridgely family left rich documentary evidence of their lives at Hampton Mansion and in the world beyond. These primary sources provide direct evidence of the past and have allowed visitors to Hampton to gain a deeper and more accurate understanding of the site’s history. The unique and unpublished documents include correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, and legal and financial documents, some of which are held at Hampton. HNHS has limited staff and resources to accommodate researchers. Access to materials is dependent upon their physical condition and the level of processing to date by the park staff. All research must be done on-site.

The Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland State Archives hold the bulk of the family collections, acquired before the Archives at Hampton was established. For a list of the significant collections held at those two repositories, click here.

A Comprehensive Guide to Collections (1664-1990) brings together all known collections and items in a single index. In addition to the major repositories listed above, it includes collections and individual items held by Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, University of Michigan, and Duke University. Click here to learn more about this research tool.

Special Services

  • Cameras (at curator discretion)
  • Digital cameras (at curator discretion)
  • Photocopies

Type of Materials

  • Artifacts
  • Personal Papers
  • Institutional Records
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs
  • Primary Resources
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Scrapbooks

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