Lake Overlook Drive between Water Port Court and Lake Overlook Place, Lake Arbor, MD 20721
301-627-1286; TTY 301-699-2544 (Archaeology Program)
301-454-1780; TTY 301-454-1472 (Black History Program)
Historians and archaeologists are working together to reconstruct the lives of the many slaves and tenant farmers who lived at Northampton Plantation. Detailed information about the life of one slave, Elizabeth Hawkins, was obtained from descendants who live in the area and are active participants in the research and excavations relating to this site.
For nearly three centuries Northampton was a tobacco plantation which also produced other crops. Today the physical remains of the plantation include the ruins of the manor house, its outbuildings and roads, and the remains of two slave quarters. The latter are the focus of current archaeological excavations and historical research. Excavations continue at the frame dwelling, while the foundation and partial walls of the brick quarters have been reconstructed.
Northampton is located at the Northlake residential development in Lake Arbor, in a community park. Interpretive signage guides visitors on a tour of this unique site. Contact staff at the appropriate number above for additional information about this site.