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“great picnic basket place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rosewell Ruins

Rosewell Ruins
Old Rosewell Lane, Off State Route 644, Gloucester, VA 23061
804-693-2585
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Hallieford
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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“great picnic basket place”
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 your own time with no one hustling you along.
i will return many times to this wonderful age old site.
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Visited June 2013
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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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“disappointed enthusiast”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Finally arrived during posted open hours to find the site closed to the public. Visitor's Center closed due to water damage. Sign on door to call number for tour; repeated calls all went to voicemail. Gate is padlocked and cannot get even a glimpse of the site, which we came out of our way to see.

Visited June 2013
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Be sure to call before going!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We have tried twice to visit Rosewell, but the opening day has changed, unbeknownst to their website. They need to let the public know of changes. I have not been there since the '60s, but I recall that it was a good site to explore.

Visited March 2013
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Yorktown, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Interesting history - cool place for photos!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

My review of the Rosewell Ruins is somewhat mixed since on one hand there is no other place like this anywhere but in summary - it is a nearly three hundred year old building that is falling apart.

Hmmm...I guess if you have at least a mild interest in history, an adventuresome spirit, an interesting in architectural photography, or just looking for something different - the Rosewell Ruins are for you! The area surrounding the ruins is quite large and kids can run around and enjoy some freedom. There is one particular area in the north-west corner of the building that goes underground into a cold-cellar or sorts - pretty cool.

Since you are in the area make sure to follow the path on the southern end of the building going through the woods - after a hundred yards or so you will be on the shore of the York River. I have visited twice and park at the park office and walk down the road a quarter mile to the ruins. Not sure when they are open but the few times I have been there the office has been closed.

Hey, this local attraction may not be for everyone but I would advise to read up on the history of the Rosewell Ruins prior to visiting and have a good time - there is nothing else like it!

Visited July 2012
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Off the beaten track..Love that!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Rosewell ruins is in Gloucester VA. We went on a off the beaten track excursion. We love that. This is a great place to find. Not easy to find, but if you like to find wonderful, historical places, it's wonderful. We do it all the time. Who wants to the key attractions, been there, done that. Let's do an adventure! This was great. The visitor museum had the best guide & so, so informative. Not alot, but satisfied the curiosity seeker. The ruins were amazing...could something like that exist? & is maintained. Nice side trip!

Visited September 2012
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