Baltimore County News
A Flagship Site for Heritage Tourism
Today, at Hampton National Historic Site, located at 535 Hampton Lane in Towson, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined County Councilman David Marks, National Park Service Deputy Regional Director Gay Vietzke, National Park Service Superintendent Tina Cappetta and other VIPs to officially open the new $2 million visitor contact station.
The 2,400 square foot visitor contact station will provide orientation to the visiting public about the park and surrounding historic sites in Baltimore County. The project was supported with funds from the federal SAFETEA-LU grant program and matched with funds from Baltimore County Government and Historic Hampton, Inc. (HHI).
The grand opening, planned during National Park Week (April 19 to 25), also celebrated the completion of a 4,400 square foot collection storage building, a new entrance road and a new parking lot. Collectively, the four major projects represented a capital investment of federal, state, local and non-profit funds totaling over $6.5 million.
“Hampton is the only national historic site in our County, and as such is the flagship site for heritage tourism in our community,” said Kamenetz. “Once the largest house in the United States, the Hampton Mansion provides visitors with an insight into the lives of the early Americans who lived here, ranging from slaves to industrial and agricultural workers to the former owners of these lands. This treasure has survived to this day as a National Historic Site thanks to the hard work and dedication of many, including some people standing here today.”
All events at Hampton are free and open to the public. Call 410-823-1309 extension 251, or visit www.nps.gov/hamp for more information.
Jordan Fish, Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, Baltimore County is in the holiday spirit! Be sure to check our list of the many events and programs going on around the County during the month of December. From train gardens to tree lightings – it’s the most wonderful time of the year in Baltimore County!
Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery - Christmas time very special at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery for its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats.
December Saturdays at DeJon Vineyards - Join DeJon Vineyards, located in Hydes, during the first 3 Saturdays of December for free live music, tasty treats, and decorative scenery. They deck the halls with a giant Christmas tree and train garden in the tasting room. Each week different acoustic musicians will perform classic holiday songs, as well as their regular catalog of tunes.
Holiday Hoopla - December 7th is the official start of the holiday season in Dundalk! The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation joins forces with Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation to create a day with lots of tradition, memory-making and fun for all ages. Some of the event highlights include a parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a delicious cookie tour, and the train garden at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum.
Holidays at Hampton....a Yuletide Celebration - Get into the holiday spirit early with “Holidays at Hampton” where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton Mansion, Baltimore County's only National Park. The “Holidays at Hampton” Yuletide weekend, Dec. 13th - 15th, includes special evening tours, antique cars, period crafts, musical and dance performances, African-American storytelling and unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop. All of the festivities are free and open to the public.
Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland - Kids of all ages will enjoy the Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland. The layout features the Bromo Seltzer Tower and a burning building, complete with fire engines and hoses crisscrossing the fire ground. Watch Antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past many of Baltimore’s famous neighborhoods and landmarks.
Jacksonville in Miniature for the Holidays - Now in its third year, Jacksonville in Miniature has grown into an animated wonderland. Train team members combine their talents to create replicas of local landmarks, scenes of "life in Jacksonville", and, of course, operating model trains. Located at the Jacksonville Senior Center, the 2013 display is expanding beyond Jacksonville to include the Ocean City boardwalk and the Washington D.C. Mall.
Towson WinterFest - Presented by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, WinterFest features numerous events in the downtown Towson area throughout December. Activities range from family friendly breakfasts with the Grinch and Frosty, to Ho Ho Happy Hours at area bars and restaurants. Check out the full schedule of events.
Wine Country Christmas at Boordy Vineyards – On December Saturdays, through the 21st, Boordy's Barn is the perfect setting for seasonal merry-making with traditional music, a tour of the winery, and steaming Wassail (a specialty from Boordy for over twenty-five years). Wines may be purchased by the glass or bottle for enjoying in the barn with your friends. The wine shop will be brimming with gifts for the hard to please wine lovers!
To find out about other great happenings in Baltimore County throughout the year, visit the Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion events calendar.
Revised April 6, 2016