The Old Brick Churches Of Maryland

Date:
1894
Creator:
Helen West Stewart Ridgely
Publisher/Studio:
New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co.

The Old Brick Churches of Maryland demonstrates Helen Ridgely’s interests in history, architecture, historic preservation, and photography. The book was her first publication. It remains an important historical record and reference work to this day.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper, Cloth. L: 24.6cm, W: 18.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4999
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Typewriter

Date:
1905
Publisher/Studio:
New York: Underwood

Helen Ridgely was eager to except modern technology in almost every way, except for the introduction of electricity to Hampton. In addition to being a camera bug and owning automobiles, she began using a typewriter by the 1890s. This Underwood Standard No. 5 was probably the second model she acquired. She typed the manuscript to her second major published work, Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia (1908), on it.

Description (physical):

Material: Metal. H: 34.7cm, W: 25.2cm, D: 21cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP9832
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Captain John Ridgely Helen West Stewart Ridgely

Date:
1873

These are unusual photographs on glass from the early 1870s. Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938) was then a young man dressed in a suit, tie, and academic robes. John had completed his education at Trinity College, Cambridge University in England before returning to Hampton after his father Charles Ridgely’s (1830-1872) death while abroad in 1872. The photographs may have been taken around the time of John’s engagement to Helen West Stewart (1854-1929) of Baltimore in 1873. Although Helen had been born and raised in Baltimore, she actually met her future husband while traveling in Europe in 1871. The couple had eight children together.

Description (physical):

Material: Glass. H: 6cm, W: 5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22317_22318
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Helen West Stewart Ridgely

Date:
1904
Creator:
Florence Maccubbin

Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929) was the wife of Hampton’s fifth master, Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938). She was a highly accomplished woman: a talented writer, antiquarian, artist, genealogist, manager, and hostess. She was the author of two books still considered standard references, The Old Brick Churches of Maryland (1894) and Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia (1908). A friend of the Theodore Roosevelts, she describes in her diary collecting eggs from Hampton’s chickens one morning before changing clothes and catching the train to go to tea at the White House in the afternoon. This sensitive pastel portrait is by Florence Mackubin (1866–1918), a prominent society portrait artist in early 20th century Baltimore with whom Helen was associated through their membership in the Colonial Dames of America.

Description (physical):

Material: Pastel on paper. H: 48.2cm, W: 39.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP15602
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Helen West Stewart Ridgely

Date:
1904
Creator:
Florence Maccubbin

Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929) was the wife of Hampton’s fifth master, Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938). She was a highly accomplished woman: a talented writer, antiquarian, artist, genealogist, manager, and hostess. She was the author of two books still considered standard references, The Old Brick Churches of Maryland (1894) and Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia (1908). A friend of the Theodore Roosevelts, she describes in her diary collecting eggs from Hampton’s chickens one morning before changing clothes and catching the train to go to tea at the White House in the afternoon. This sensitive pastel portrait is by Florence Mackubin (1866–1918), a prominent society portrait artist in early 20th century Baltimore with whom Helen was associated through their membership in the Colonial Dames of America.

Description (physical):

Material: Pastel on paper. H: 48.2cm, W: 39.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10059
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Captain John Ridgely

Date:
1940
Creator:
Corrie Crook

Always styled “Captain,” John Ridgely (1851-1938) was the eldest son of Hampton’s fourth master Charles Ridgely (1830-1872) and Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely (1824-1904). He technically became fifth master of the estate upon the death of his father in Rome in 1872, but his mother continued the management of the estate for many years afterward. Described as a “gentleman farmer,” John oversaw an estate that was both dwindling in size and in profitability by the early 20th century. He brought a significant improvement to the mansion in 1929, with the installation of electricity following the death of his wife, Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929). Signed "Corrie Crook/1940," this portrait showing Capt. John in old age was painted from a photo posthumously.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 76.2cm, W: 63.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1091
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Ring With Box

Date:
1847
Publisher/Studio:
Greece

This ring commemorates Charles Ridgely’s (1830-1872) first trip abroad in 1846-1848. He accompanied his parents and sister on a Grand Tour that included visits to “Pisa, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Messina, Syracuse, Malta, Athens, Smyrna, Constantinople, Syra, Corfu, Trieste, Venice, Vienna, Freuwaldau, Graffenberg, Prague, Dresden, Leipsig, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Hamm, Cologne, Leige, Brussels, [and] Paris,” as he recorded in his travel journal. A tag accompanying the ring states "Presented to/ the late Charles/ Ridgely of H/ when a youth by a Greek or// Turkish friend/ of his Parents/ while traveling/ in Greece.  Device/ ‘There is Safety in Silence.’”

Description (physical):

Material: Gold, Carnelian, Leather, Silk. L: 1.8cm, W: 1.9cm, D: 1.9cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP17995
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Punch Bowl

Date:
1885
Publisher/Studio:
Burslem, Staffordshire, England: Doulton & Co., Ltd.

The somber shades of this large English pottery punch bowl reflect the new late 19th century aesthetic. Margaretta Ridgely continued to entertain numerous visiting family members and friends at Hampton during this period, thus the substantial size of this bowl would have been welcome. The bowl was later used at the Park Avenue home of her eldest and longest surviving daughter Eliza (1858-1954).

Description (physical):

Material: Earthenware. H: 28cm, Di: 47cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10279
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely With Her Daughter Juliana Ridgely Yeaton

Date:
1897

In a photo taken just a few years before her death, Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely (1824-1904) is seen strolling the brick terrace south of the mansion, accompanied by one of her three daughters, Juliana Ridgely Yeaton (1862-1951). The photo is in an album compiled in 1897 by Helen Morris Ridgely, the wife of Margaretta’s son Howard (1855-1900).

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 8.6cm, W: 8.7cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP44355
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely

Date:
1865
Publisher/Studio:
Baltimore, MD

This carte-de-visite taken in a Baltimore photo studio around the end of the Civil War shows Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely (1824-1904), wife of Hampton’s fourth master Charles Ridgely (1830-1872). Her maternal grandfather was Governor Charles Carnan Ridgely, meaning that she and her husband were first cousins. Margaretta, raised at “Cowpens,” an estate just to the east of Hampton, had been a childhood playmate of her Ridgely cousins. The mother of eight children, after her husband’s untimely death in Rome in 1872, she returned to Hampton and managed the estate until her own death 32 years later.

Description (physical):

Material: Cardboard, Paper. H: 10.8cm, W: 5.7cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP31234
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site