Prior to the Revolutionary War, the Northampton Furnace provided pig iron to England through the Ridgely's shipping business. With the outbreak of war and the ending of trade between Britain and the colonies, business slowed down. However, the need for slaves continued because the Northampton Furnace supplied ammunition and other iron items to the Patriots. Through this tour, students will see first-hand the wealth and status of the Ridgely family. Students will be led through the house by a ranger from Hampton National Historic Site.
Students will be able to see first hand the wealth and stature that the Ridgely family had because of their business. Students will be lead through the house by one of the rangers from the Hampton National Historic Site. The ranger will explain what the students are seeing in each room and who lived there.