Take a Virtual Tour of the Hampton Mansion

The mansion at the National Park Service's Hampton National Historic Site

For a fascinating journey back in time, don’t miss a virtual tour of the Hampton mansion at the Hampton National Historic Site. Completed in 1790, it’s believed the Hampton mansion was once the largest private residence in the United States. During the tour, you’ll explore the home and lower farm while seeing one-of-a-kind artifacts. Here is some of what you can discover from our Jessup apartments:

Hampton Hall 

Construction of the mansion began in 1783 after Captain Charles Ridgely decided to expand his agricultural ventures. Spanning 24,000 square feet, the home features 31 rooms. It’s one of the country’s finest surviving examples of Georgian architecture, and the design was meant to recreate a European villa. 

Library Bookcase 

The library bookcase is where you’ll find the Hampton’s book collection. Made of mahogany, poplar, and white pine, it holds many of the titles recorded by an 1872 inventory. Charles likely purchased the bookcase from William Camp, who was Baltimore’s best cabinetmaker. Zoom in to see if you can spot any of the classics. 

The Gardens 

Originally designed by an Irish-born gardener, the lavish gardens have evolved from a traditional English style to a new American landscape. Over the years, each generation of the Ridgely family enhanced the gardens to reflect the changing times. Today, several historic structures highlight the mansion’s extensive gardening operations during the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll see the garden maintenance building, which stored the horse-drawn farm equipment. It also housed a stable and the living quarters for the gardeners, groundskeepers, and chauffeur. 

As you take the virtual tour of the Hampton mansion, enjoy a sweet treat from one of Jessup’s most popular bakeries. To call The Elms at Shannon’s Glen home, please contact our leasing staff. They would love for you to see everything that our luxury apartments in Howard County, MD have to offer.

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