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Hampton National Historic Site -- Hampton Mansion
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Hampton National Historic Site -- Hampton Mansion
Description - Hampton preserves a vast estate from the 1700s. Its centerpiece is an elegantly furnished Georgian mansion set amid formal gardens and shade trees. When it was finished in 1790, Hampton was the largest house in the United States. It is the story of a seven generation family business, early American industry and commerce, and changing cultural tastes. Hampton is also the story of the economic and moral changes that made this kind of estate life obsolete. Most of all, Hampton is the story of people -- enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, hired industrial and agricultural workers, and the estate owners -- who made this lifestyle possible.

Attractions - A highlight of every visit is a guided tour of the mansion ($5). Opportunities for exploration outside of the mansion are almost endless. The family cemetery, slave quarters, carriages, state champion trees, and more await your discovery. A gift shop is located in the mansion.

Recreation - Tours of the mansion are offered on the hour from 9 AM until 4 PM. The park is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The gift shop is open from March 1 through early January.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - From the Baltimore Beltway (I 695) eastbound or westbound:

There is currently a major construction project involving Hampton Lane and Beltway exit 27. On or about 2 January 2001, the western portion of Hampton Lane will be closed for about two months.

Hampton National Historic Site is located in Towson, Maryland, a suburb immediately north of Baltimore. The site can easily be reach by traveling Interstate 695 to exit 28 north, Providence Road. Drive about 1/4 mile north to Hampton Lane, turn left on Hampton Lane. The park will be on your left, about one mile from the intersection.

This is a temporary exit due to construction. The usual exit is #27.


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Contact Information:
Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane , Poulson, MD, 21286, Phone: 410-823-1309

Additional Information:
Central Maryland - Central Maryland includes five counties ranging from pastoral agriculture fields, to the booming industrial metropolis of Baltimore, to the small water towns of the Chesapeake Bay where harvesting the water's riches is still a way of life.
Maryland's Historic Sites -
Maryland's National Park Service Sites - Maryland has twenty separate parcels of national lands including a battlefield, historic sites, national monuments, woodland parks, canals, and multi-state trail.

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