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National Historic Site
In central Maryland, in Towson
Hampton preserves and interprets what once was a vast agricultural and commercial estate owned by one family for more than 150 years, and which was supported by a large workforce (including indentured servants and slaves). The mansion was the centerpiece of the formerly 24,000-acre property, which also had an iron foundry, farm, formal grounds, and gardens. Today, some 20 buildings and 40,000 artifacts survive, including the mansion, slave quarters, family cemetery, farm, and outbuildings. The site was designated in 1948.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring the mansion, outbuildings, grounds, and formal gardens. Facilities: Visitor center, guided and self-guided tours. Book-and-gift shop. Programs & Events: Guided mansion tours (daily 9-4, on the hour). Guided grounds tours (Memorial Day-Labor Day). History lectures and discussions (monthly). Tips & Hints: Mansion is not air-conditioned. Busiest Apr. and May, least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FEES & HOURS
Free. Park and visitor center open daily 9-5. Gift shop open Mar.-early Jan.
HOW TO GET THERE
Near the Baltimore Beltway (1-695) via Exit 27B. Closest airport: Baltimore (40 mi from estate).
Hampton National Historic Site (535 Hampton La., Towson, MD 21286, tel. 410/823-1309, fax 410/823—8394). Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau (825 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson Town Center, Towson, MD 21204, tel. 800/570-2836 or 410/296-4886).
Hampton National Historic Site. Basic information for visitors wanting to see the Hampton National Historic Site In central Maryland, in Towson