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Rosewell Ruins

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Address: Old Rosewell Lane, Off State Route 644, Gloucester, VA 23061
Phone Number: 804-693-2585
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Worth the trip

I love snooping around historical sites. Found this by accident and sometimes that's the best way. Had fun, informative and relaxing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
amy s
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I love snooping around historical sites. Found this by accident and sometimes that's the best way. Had fun, informative and relaxing.

Thank amy s
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Hard to find, but worth the visit for the historical perspective. The site itself is a little sparse, but start with the visitor center. Very helpful and pleasant staff.

Thank Roger K
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This was very interesting to learn about one of Virginia's first families and how they lived. It is a shame the house could not be rebuilt as it would be a beautiful thing to see but too costly to rebuild. It really was a major building for it's day. It is amazing how the four chimney towers remain as centennials... More 

Thank nebraskafoxy
Gloucester, Virginia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Took 30 friends to Rosewell during the near-historic rains of Oct 1-4. This did not faze Katrina White Brown, Manager, Visitor and Exhibit Center. She provided a totally entertaining, but very thoughtful presentation on Rosewell and its occupants with an emphasis on the period just prior to and during the Revolutionary War. It was exactly what we came for. Then... More 

Thank Will G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Lovely and quiet place. I can imagine how beautiful it must have been once upon a time. Good place for history buffs. Nice museum with knowledgeable curator.

Thank NanaKat46
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a really fun find that is out in the middle of nowhere. In fact, you almost done know if you're headed in the right direction until the signs appear. We stopped into the visitors center and paid the small entrance fee. The staff offered to let us watch a short video about Rosewell. There are also some artifacts... More 

Thank Rvlostyet
West Point, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Rosewell was a great place for me to create a plein air painting. Using pastels and a new en plein air easel, I created a painting of the fascinating ruins. These ruins are situated in a well-groomed lawn setting, and a nearby gift shop offers lots of books with history of the area.

Thank MaryMontagueSikes
Silver Spring, Maryland
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Rosewell Ruins is a fun unusual place that is not the typical old south mansion you may have been to so many times with the lawn and re-creation of home furnishings or restorations of authentic real old home that are from the glory days past.....This is one place that has fallen on hard times and has some real history too.... More 

1 Thank smokeater55
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

As a Gloucester resident I am saddened by a few of the reviews here. It is a WONDERFUL place to bring your children. There is a huge open space with large trees and even picnic tables if you'd like to bring a lunch. The path to the ice house is very clear and safe, I have seen elderly people making... More 

3 Thank misty m
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The visitors center had a lot of great information and the lady working there was very nice and helpful. The road from the visitor's center to the ruins was in too bad a shape for my low sports car to go down it.

Thank Pauline F

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