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

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

Signal Station On Elk Mountain, Md. Overlooking Battlefield Of Antietam

Date:
October 1862

This image depicts a Union signal station in western Maryland atop Elk Mountain. Both sides controlled the position during the war, but Union soldiers fortified Elk Mountain after the Battle of Antietam.

Description (physical):

Photographic print, albumen silver

Location:
10 1st St SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-USZC6-52
Institution:
Library of Congress

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

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

Mary

Date:
Aug. 1936

An inscription on is snapshot “Mary, Aug 1936” identifies one of the long-time servants at Hampton. Mary had many roles at Hampton including cook. She is seen in front of the octagonal servants quarters, found just east of the mansion until the building burned in 1945.

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper. H: 9cm, W: 6.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4334
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

Mary

Date:
1900

Evidence in photographs indicates that Mary worked at Hampton for at least 40 years. She is seen here leaning over one of the garden urns on the great terrace.

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper. H: 8.5cm, W: 5.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP19623
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Howard & Joe Louis

Date:
1936

Identified and dated in an inscription on the photo, a man who may be one of the tenant farmers or farm workers at Hampton is seen holding a dog near the farm side of the estate to the north of the mansion. The cow barn is nearby and the corn crib can be seen in the background.

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper. H: 8.7cm, W: 6.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP19632
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Nancy Davis, Margaretta Sophia Ridgely, And Juliana Ridgely Yeaton

Date:
1895

Nancy Davis (1833-1908) greets Juliana Ridgely Yeaton (1862-1951) and Margaretta Sophia Ridgely (1869-1949), daughters of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely who the longtime Ridgely family servant had cared for when they were children. Margaretta Howard Ridgely’s half brother James McHenry Howard recorded in his memoirs (1894) that Nancy “…has passed all her life with the family & has in the course of it had charge at times of the children of three generations.”

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper. H: 8.9cm, W: 8.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP20312
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site