John Ridgely, Jr., Jane Rodney Ridgely, And Servant

Date:
1948
Creator:
A. Aubrey Bodine

This image, taken by renowned Maryland photographer A. Aubrey Bodine, was published on the cover of the Baltimore Sun magazine in June, 1948. John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959) and his second wife, Jane Rodney Ridgely (1902-1978), and a servant are seen on the front steps of Hampton taking leave of the mansion after its sale to the National Park Service. The Ridgelys then moved across Hampton Lane to the Farm House, which remained in the family until after Jane’s death in 1978. After that, it too became part of Hampton National Historic Site.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 18cm, W: 13cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22491
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza Ridgely III

Date:
1862

Little Miss Eliza Ridgely (1858-1954) looks none too happy to be having her photograph taken in a Baltimore studio. She pays little attention to the doll lying on her lap. The eldest daughter of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely was named for her grandmother and aunt. She became a social reformer and activist in Baltimore, founding the United Women of Maryland which championed assistance for the underprivileged, especially woman.

Description (physical):

Studio photograph. Paper, cardboard. H: 9.1cm, W: 6cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP18050
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

A Children's Ball

Date:
1843
Creator:
Sophie Latimer Hoffman

This is one of two delightful drawings depicting children at large parties with dancing done by Sophie Latimer Hoffman, a Baltimore school friend of Eliza "Didy" Ridgely (1828-1894). She sent them to Didy in 1843 along with another satirical drawing poking fun at their school mistress. Children’s costumes of that day are faithfully rendered. Also depicted are African American servants who are passing trays of food and playing music.

Description (physical):

Material: Watercolor and ink on paper. H: 23.2cm, W: 33.3cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP19876
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Evil Deeds And Evil Consequences

Date:
1850

Evil Deeds and Evil Consequences was given as a Christmas present to Charles Ridgely, Jr. (1853-1873) in 1857 by his great, great Uncle Otho Eichelberger, who perhaps felt the four year old needed some firm admonition. The remarkable and vivid illustrations and stories might scare a child into good behavior.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 25.4cm, W: 20.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP7634
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Runaway Reward Notice

Date:
1791
Creator:
Charles Carnan Ridgely

Charles Carnan Ridgely was seeking the return of his slave Bateman and offered a reward that increased in size as the distance from Hampton grew. Remarkably, despite his considerable height and history as a runaway, Bateman later became a most favored slave as a jockey for Ridgely’s racehorses. He was even given a horse of his own to ride.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 22.5cm, W: 20.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP6910
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Nancy Davis And Eliza Ridgely Iii

Date:
1863
Publisher/Studio:
Israel & Co.

Nancy Davis (1833 - 1908) was born a slave at Cowpens, the Howard family plantation near Hampton. However, she was free by the time this image was taken at a Baltimore photo studio during the Civil War. Davis was then nursemaid for little Eliza Ridgely (1858-1954), the daughter of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely, and her brothers and sisters. Nancy continued to work for the Ridgelys of Hampton for many years, and is the only African American buried in the Ridgely family cemetery at Hampton.

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper, Cardboard. H: 9cm, W: 5.8cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP6301
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Dairyman At The Hampton Dairy

Date:
1930

This gelatin print of the dairy at Hampton shows a building that remained largely unchanged from the 19th century through the 20th century. In addition to being consumed on the estate, milk from the Hampton dairy was sold commercially until mid-century. The operation employed several workers including the dairyman seen here carrying a milk can.

Description (physical):

Material: Gelatin print. Paper. H: 9cm, W: 6.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP3480
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Permit

Date:
1929
Creator:
Department of the Interior, Republic of Liberia

This Permit of Residence allows Margaretta S. Ridgely to live for one year in Liberia. Then sixty years old, Margaretta spent 1929 as her twenty-fifth year residing in the country where she served as an Episcopal missionary and founded a school for girls. Instead of collecting her salary as a missionary, Margaretta redirected the funds to support the efforts of a missionary in China.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 27.5cm, W: 21.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP14868
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Henry White

Date:
1858
Creator:
Pasquale Romanelli, (1822-1887)

Henry White II (1850-1927), eldest grandson of John and Eliza Ridgely, accompanied by his mother Eliza “Didy” Ridgely White and brother Julian White visited to Florence, Italy in the winter of 1857-58. A group of three statues, the first of several pieces of statuary ordered by Didy, were commissioned from Pasquale Romanelli (1812-1887), a leading sculptor in the city. This portrait of Henry shows him attired in neoclassical garb with a greyhound at his side. Henry later became a prominent diplomat, serving as ambassador to both Italy and France.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. H: 139.7cm, Di: 53.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22238
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza "didy" Ridgely White Buckler And William H. Buckler Ridgely

Date:
1868
Creator:
Pasquale Romanelli, (1822-1887)

This charming statue shows Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White Buckler (1828-1894) holding her infant son William H. Buckler (1867-1953). In later life, Willie Buckler said that it was sculpted “…in Rome by Romanelli in the spring of 1868.” Willie, his parents, his older half-brothers Henry and Julian White, and his cousins John and Charles Ridgely had spent six months in the Eternal City beginning in late 1867. Pasquale Romanelli’s (1812-1887) principal studio was in Florence. The statue may have actually been sculpted there when the family passed through the city on their way back to Paris.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. L: 84cm, W: 51cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10099
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site