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

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

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

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

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

John Ridgely, Jr.

Date:
1951
Creator:
Stanislav Rembski

John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959), the son of Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938) and Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929), was the sixth and final master of the Hampton estate. In the late 1920s, he established the Hampton Development Company which constructed and sold houses on Hampton lands near the heart of the Home Farm. John was responsible for selling the mansion with some of its furnishings and 43 acres of land to the National Park Service in 1947 with funds for the purchase and restoration provided by the Avalon Foundation, a Mellon family foundation. This portrait by Stanislaw Rembski (1896-1998), a Polish immigrant who became a leading portrait painter in mid-20th century Baltimore, shows John after he and his second wife Jane Rodney Ridgely (1902-1978) had left Hampton and moved to the Hampton Lower House across the road.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 88.9cm, W: 63.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP2604
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Tea Service

Date:
1907
Publisher/Studio:
Baltimore, MD: Jacobi & Jenkins

This service was made at time of the marriage of Louise Roman Humichouse (1883-1934) to John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959) in 1907. The elegant six–piece set, comprised of a teapot, coffee pot, hot water pot on stand, waste bowl, sugar bowl, and cream pitcher, reflects the designs of Baltimore silver of a century earlier. Following family tradition, the Ridgely stag’s head crest is engraved on the side of each piece.

Description (physical):

Material: Silver. H 19.7, L 26.7 cm; W 10.2, H 20.5 cm; L 26.7 cm; W 12, H 32.1 cm; L 24.7, W 15.2 cm; H 13, L 13.3 cm; W 10.2, H 16.9 cm; L 19, W 8.3 cm; H 14.6, L 13.7 cm; W 7.3 cm

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP38468_38469_38470_38471_38472_38473
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

The Hampton Company Brochure

Date:
1930

In 1929, John Ridgely, Jr. formed The Hampton Company for the purpose of selling lands from the Hampton estate for development. The brochure notes “Part of this historic acreage will be developed into a section of small country estates,” and entices “the man of means” through “location, surroundings, natural beauty…modern facilities and steadily enhancing values.”

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 23cm, W: 10.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP2843_brochure01, HAMP2843_brochure02, HAMP2843_brochure06
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Awarding Of Battle Honors List

Date:
1-May-45
Creator:
Army Air Corps

The list of officers and men in the Supply Squadron of the 60th Air Depot Group receiving battle honors for service during the New Guinea campaign during World War II includes the name of Staff Sergeant John Ridgely III.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 26.5cm, W: 20cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP34355
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Pastoral Landscape With A Bridge

Date:
1875
Creator:
Helen West Stewart Ridgely, (1854-1929)

Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929) was a talented amateur artist who loved to paint landscape views in watercolor. Hampton NHS’s collection contains dozens of her works painted both in Maryland and during trips abroad. Helen was also interested in photography and took many images of historic buildings, especially churches, around Maryland.

Description (physical):

Material: Watercolor on paper. H: 17.3cm, W: 26.3cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4450
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site