Join John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources, as he chronicles recent capital improvements at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, now in its 201st year as a well-known landmark property. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program.
The main goal of this project is to increase the capacity of the site to meet the needs of multiple constituents. This includes students, groups, rental guests and the general public. Classrooms will be added to the basement for education space, as well as restrooms and a sunken patio outside for rental events. This sunken patio feature re-establishes the footprint of the house ca. 1848/50 addition that was later removed.
During the coming months, the basement and North-facing side of Hampton-Preston will be transformed into a handicap accessible education and venue space. Updates will include:
- Educational spaces
- Rear “patio” feature
- Men’s & women’s restrooms
- Bridal party suite/sitting room
- Improved lighting
- Dual entry to the rear main level of the building
The new plantings included in the sunken patio will complement the space without impinging on its functionality. Examples of plants that may be included are dwarf fall-blooming camellias, dwarf bottlebrush, and dwarf canna lilies.
Learn more about Hampton-Preston Phase III.