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

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

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 S. Ridgely With Three Children

Date:
1898

Margaretta S. Ridgely (1869-1949) was the youngest daughter of Charles (1830-1872) and Margaretta Howard Ridgely (1824-1904). After her mother’s death, she became an Episcopal missionary in Africa, founding a girl’s school in Liberia where she spent 28 years. The Liberian government eventually awarded her a knighthood in the “Humane Order of African Redemption.” The three children she is reading to may be children of Hampton tenant farmers.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 8cm, W: 8.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP20430
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site