Mission: To preserve and interpret Hampton, remnant of an empire forged with indentured and enslaved labor during the American struggle for independence. The park's structures, landscapes, collections and archives preserve a chronicle of the daily activities of the owners, laborers and slaves. The centerpiece of the 18th-century estate is an elegantly furnished Georgian mansion amid formal gardens. Hampton is managed by the National Park Service.
Latest accomplishment: The park received a $200,000 Save America's Treasures grant to restore its historic farmhouse and slave quarters for public education. The grant, added to a $200,000 state grant and $200,000 in private funds raised by Historic Hampton Inc., will help the park give voice to Hampton's population of workers -- the enslaved, indentured servants, craftspeople and their families.
On the horizon: Those who manage the park are considering how it will respond to the challenges of the next 15-20 years. Expanding park education programs will include traditional mansion and garden tours and more stories of the workers and activities that made the mansion lifestyle possible.