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1725 - Rosewell - historical ruins
Ten miles southeast of Gloucester Courthouse can be found the ruins of Rosewell. Begun in 1725 and completed by 1738, Rosewell was the finest brick mansion in the colonies. The plantation complex contained the mansion and two forward buildings (a kitchen and an office), a brick stable, a round brick icehouse, plus the many buildings necessary to support the farming operations which took place on the 3,000 acre estate. The mansion was consumed by fire in 1916. Today, one may see the magnificent ruins in a rural park-like setting of 9 acres. The site is open to the public Monday-Saturday 10-4, and Sundays from 1-4. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 24-26 and December 31-January 1.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
An introduction and gallery tour is provided at the Visitor Center and a self-guided tour of the ruins follows.
There is a small museum/visitor center with a gift shop and exhibits. Further information can be had by contacting:
The Rosewell Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1456
Gloucester, VA 23061
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Gloucester Courthouse and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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