Hampton, Baltimore County

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In 1995, Elizabeth Schaaf and I prepared a plan for creating a paper and electronic archives for Hampton Mansion on behalf of Preservation Maryland. While the plan was never implemented as I envisioned it, the proposal provides access to the studies that had been done prior to 1995 of the house and grounds, as well as to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Kent Lancaster to document the lives of the slaves at Hampton. Hampton has the distinction among all large 19th century slave-based plantations in the United States of one owner (Governor Charles Carnan Ridgley), freeing his slaves (to the dismay of his heirs), and having his descendants re-acquiring a large slave workforce of their own, only to have to begin paying wages in 1864 with Emancipation.

My proposal is to be found at: Overview. Hyperlinks from the overview lead to the attachments. Subsequent to this proposal the Maryland State Archives began its Legacy of Slavery project which includes an essay on the Hampton slaves by Dr. David Taft Terry, and indexed runaway ads for the plantation and the iron works.