This unit of the National Park Service preserves the remnants of a once vast industrial/agricultural estate, owned by one family, the Ridgelys, for over 150 years. Their lavish lifestyle was supported by a large, diverse workforce. The estate’s centerpiece was an elegantly furnished Georgian mansion set amid formal gardens and shad trees. When completed in 1970, the mansion was one of the largest houses in the United States, part of a 24,000 acre estate with an iron furnace, farms, gardens and grounds. Situated on a small hill, the mansion still looks down on the home farm, containing barns, overseer house, and original slave quarters. Some 20 buildings and 40,000 artifacts survive to tell the stories of the people who lived and worked here.
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
All Visitor Operations have moved to the Farmhouse at Hampton as the mansion is closed for the installation of new climate control systems. The farmhouse is located on Hampton Lane across from the mansion, with parking available. It is open daily from 9:30am – 4pm with formal programs about the farm offered at 11am and 2pm. Other special programs that illuminate Hampton’s history are offered regularly.
First floor of mansion is wheelchair accessible; photos of second floor of historic house is available. Grounds are uneven and mainly unpaved.