Thursday, May 13, 2010


Ruin of the former colonial beauty, Rosewell, built between 1725-1738, gutted by fire in 1916. Gloucester County, Virginia.

The ruin of Rosewell on the York river, sits alone in a grassy glen with fields of dried cornstalks on three sides of the property. There wasn't a sound except for birdsong and the crunch of vegetation under our feet. The atmosphere is difficult to capture with a camera and I wished I could have made a solitary dawn visit...I think the site would be even more beautiful with early morning light and mist rising from dew soaked earth. As it was, we were the first to arrive. We waited until the Visitor Center's 10:00 AM opening where we were given a gracious introduction to the history of the house. An on-site archeologist (and Bowdoin College graduate!) provided additional information and, at last, we ventured down the long access road for our first glimpse.

The loss of Rosewell by fire is a terrible tragedy, but what remains is eerily lovely and stirs the imagination.


  1. These photos are stunning. I have never been there, which I now regret.

  2. Wow, just LOOK at that. Incredible. I would love to visit.

  3. Goodness, this looks like a neat place to visit. That tree is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this :)

  4. BWS ~ Thank you! I'm sure I would never have seen Rosewell if not for JCB!

    Rachel ~ It is a beautiful place. Why not put Virginia (and Maine!) on your travel list!

    LambAround ~ Thank you so much for your kind comment and for stopping by!


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