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

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

John Ridgely, Jr.

Date:
1940

The Hampton herd of registered Jersey cattle continued to be a significant part of the life and business of the estate into the mid-20th century. John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959) is seen in this snapshot taken from the Ridgely family’s final decade as owners of Hampton with two fine calves from the herd.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 20cm, W: 25cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4325
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

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

Louise Roman Humichouse Ridgely

Date:
1907
Publisher/Studio:
Kajiwaba Studio

Louise Roman Humichouse (1883-1934) wed John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959), Hampton’s sixth and final master, in 1907. This formal wedding photograph by Kajiwaba Studio, was taken in her hometown of Hagerstown, Maryland. After their marriage, John and Louise built their own home about a half mile west of Hampton Mansion at 503 Hampton Lane, where the couple resided until her death in 1934.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 22cm, W: 15.7cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP3481
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Ridgely Iii And Lillian Ketcham Ridgely

Date:
1940

John Ridgely III (1911-1990) and Lillian Ketcham Ridgely (1908-1996) are seen in this snapshot as a young married couple. Although John was never officially a master of the Hampton estate, as the eldest son of John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959) and Louise Roman Humichouse Ridgely (1883-1934), he and his wife played significant roles in the management of the property. The couple lived for several years at Hampton during the late 1930s, where Lil’s efforts focused on the restoration of Hampton’s gardens.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 9cm, W: 12.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22475
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Ridgely, Jr. And Charles Ridgely

Date:
1861
Publisher/Studio:
Israel & Co.

John Ridgely, Jr. (1851-1938), eldest child of Hampton’s fourth master Charles Ridgely and his wife Margaretta Howard Ridgely, become the fifth master of the estate. This studio portrait shows him dressed in soldier suit, complete with epaulettes, sword, and knee-length boots.  It was one 23 carte-de-visites of family and friends in an album given to him by his mother on the occasion of his 11th birthday on December 22, 1862. Charles Ridgely (1853-1873) is dressed as one of Three Musketeers for this studio portrait from a family album dated 1862. There are dozens of carte-de-visites showing the children of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely, their cousins, and friends in fancy dress costumes ranging from soldiers and shepherdesses to peasants and highlanders to kings and princesses.

Description (physical):

Carte de visite. Material: Paper, cardboard. H: 9.1cm, W: 6cm (per image).

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP18047
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Howard Ridgely And Otho Ridgely

Date:
1862

Howard Ridgely (1855-1900) and his younger brother Otho Ridgely (1856-1929) pose for a studio photograph with their pet squirrel on a leash. Other Ridgely family children kept pets, and their aunt Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White Buckler (1828-1894) also had a pet squirrel, whose antics she described in her journal in 1842.

Description (physical):

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

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP18049
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

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