Planning a Field Trip to Hampton National Historic Site
The Hampton: A Revolutionary Place field trip was designed by teachers for intermediate and upper elementary school students, with the assistance of staff from Hampton National Historic Site.
To plan and schedule this field trip:
- Review the Learning Stations and related field trip materials on this web site.
- Review the section “Information on Hampton.”
- Get the lay of the land. Review the Virtual Field Trip map and view the short videos “A Visit to Hampton” and “Before You Go.” This field trip requires outside walking in open fields, as well as in historic buildings. Appropriate clothing should be worn.
- After following your school’s procedures for field trips, contact Hampton National Historic Site at 410-823-1309, ext. 207 to schedule the field trip. A minimum of two weeks notice is required. Identify the field trip by name (Hampton: A Revolutionary Place) and provide the number of students, adults and buses.
- Select your station leaders, who will independently guide the instruction and discussion at three stations. This field trip is designed to engage students in researching, analyzing and interpreting a historic site and artifacts to answer a focus question. Station leaders will not be able to chaperone groups as they travel throughout Hampton.
- Station materials are available at Hampton and on this website. Station leaders should be well-versed in the information to be presented. It’s preferable to have a single leader for each station, who can present information to all groups. Teachers should distribute the station plans to each station leader. Several stations have a first-person script option for the leader to interpret a character at Hampton. Third-person scripts and procedures are available for each station.
- A good ratio of chaperones-to-students 1 chaperone for every 15 students. The field trip organizer should inform chaperones of the activities to be conducted at each station.
- The mansion house portion of the field trip is comprised of two stations: One station is conducted by a school station leader; the other is a tour of the mansion given by a park ranger.
- Depending on the size of the school group, plan to spend at minimum of 2.5 hours on site, including arrival, rotation through three school-led stations (stations 1, 3, 4), a ranger-led mansion tour (station 2), lunch, a brief school-led tour of the grounds (station 5), and departure. Each station should take approximately 20-30 minutes. The longest distance between stations is about a 5-7 minute walk from the Hampton mansion to the Farm House.
- It’s preferable that students have a contextual background in the historical period of the American Revolution and knowledge of the geography of the region. (This field trip is a good culmination to the American Revolution unit from the 5th grade Baltimore County Public Schools social studies curriculum.)
- Students should be briefed on the purpose of the field trip and what to expect, as well as on the rules for behavior on the bus and at the site.
- Students will prepare the Field Trip Tour Book in advance of the trip and view the view the short videos “A Visit to Hampton” and “Before You Go.” Students will need pencils in order to complete their flip book activitites.
- Students should bring a bag lunch, drink and wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing on the field trip. Students will eat lunch outdoors, so teachers may wish to bring picnic blankets.
- Divide the students into their groups before the field trip.
On the Field Trip:
These tips and regulations were prepared by the staff at Hampton National Historic Site and must be followed.
- Bus parking is available in the lower mansion side parking lot, across from the park office trailer. Buses should not idle while on site. Buses may drop off students in the upper visitor parking lot on the mansion side of the park. Buses may not park in the upper lot.
- Group leaders should check-in with the park staff upon arrival. Please keep students outside until directed otherwise. Buses could pull up to lower parking lot, near the farm house. Lunches may be left in the farm house. Students should divide up from there.
- Lunches may be eaten at the farm house yard. No indoor facilities are available at this time for school groups to eat lunch. Schools are responsible for removing their trash.
- No food, candy, gum, or liquids are allowed inside Hampton Mansion or any of the other historic exhibit areas. Food and drink may be consumed outside.
- Restrooms are located in the Orangery and at the farm house. Facilities are limited. Teachers or Chaperones should accompany their groups to the restrooms.
- For mansion tours - No more than 15 people per tour guide, including adults. No more than 2 student groups of 15 people per group can tour in the mansion at any given time. Depending on the size of the school group, not all schools will be able to access the second floor of the mansion. Students and chaperones will be required to stay with their guide at all times in the mansion. The mansion has limited handicap accessibility. Please call the park before your visit to discuss accessibility.
- Park staff and volunteer docents are not responsible for discipline. Students that are unruly may be asked to leave, which could result in an entire group not being able to complete their guided tour.
- In case of inclement weather, contact the park at 410-823-1309, ext. 251. Teachers may also call the National Park Service's weather notification line, 410-823-1309, ext. 199 for park closures or delays.
- Groups should cancel at least 24 hours prior to the tour, unless due to school or park closure. In situations where rain is a threat, teachers and park staff should be in contact at least 24 hours prior to discuss options.
- Visiting the farm house complex requires crossing Hampton Lane. Teachers and chaperones must accompany their students while crossing the street. Speak to the park staff for the best crossing points.