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Rosewell Ruins

Old Rosewell Lane, Off State Route 644, Gloucester, VA 23061
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Gloucester
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Rosewell was one of the grand mansions of the colonies, built in the early 1700's.  Located about 13 miles from Yorktown, the ruins of the mansion... more »
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English first
Gloucester, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place to visit and take in the history. Go during October and enjoy the Haunted Trails and ghost stories

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
71 attraction reviews
565 helpful votes 565 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Rosewell is the ruin of an old house that burnt down in the early 1900s. The visitor's center has a good display and short movie about the property's history. You drive to the ruin from the visitor center. You have the freedom to walk around and explore yourself. There is also a wooded trail to the old ice house site.... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Very incorrect information in previous reviews, complaining the State of Virginia is charging $4.00 to enter this site...wow, the person was completely wrong and apparently did not even listen to the very complete explanation which was given at the site itself. So ignore this review. In fact, the site is fantastic, the historical explanations excellent, the gift shop fun and... More

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Tidewater, VA
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I enjoyed looking at the ruins -- actually, more intact than I had imagined. The info posted at the site is helpful.

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Monroe, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Went to see this attraction only to find out it doesn't open back up until April 1st. After reading signs on the visitors center they charge $4 per adult and $2 for children. It's a burned out shell of a house why is the state of VA charging? There's no upkeep. oh wait you built a visitors center and now... More

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Gloucester, Virginia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Have been there several times but mainly to plant and restore the landscape. It is very erie and haunting. I really don't know the history. Just that we volunteered to clear out a lot of bush and help make it more presentable to visitors. There is a book about haunted places in Gloucester wonder if this is one of them.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We just like beautiful ruins. There is a visitor's center where you stop first. A video is presented. You can get from them a paper and take yourself on a self-guided tour of the ruins. If the weather is nice it's a good place to have a picnic under the shade trees.

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Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I had not been back to Rosewell in many years. A lot of changes have been made to the grounds which were filled with brambles years ago. The ruins have been shored up and stabilized. The grounds are mowed. And there is a path to Carter's Creek. If you like colonial history, don't miss visiting. The ruins are quite haunting,... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The trip to the ruin was a spur of the moment decision and glad we did it. It's not near the highway but don't get worried as you wander through the countryside. The visitor's center is nicely done with a short video and displays of the ruin. After the visit to the center, we continued down a dirt road to... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

after living in this area for over 15 years, this was my first visit to the ruins. the visitor center was clean and orderly and the docent there was knowledgeable and polite. the ruins were screaming of spirits past- would love to visit after dark we took a picnic lunch and had a quiet, reflective, 2 hr visit. (your on... More

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