The Rosewell Foundation

Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning (RILL) Class to be held at Rosewell :

A century and a half of the Page family’s association with the Rosewell estate 


 The 2017 Ghost Tours

2016 BBQ Poster

Thursday May 18, 2017

Business After Hours at the Rosewell Ruins

 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Gloucester Chamber of Commerce host their monthly networking event. Get a sneak peek of the new interpretive program Beyond the Bricks - an upclose and personal experience with those who lived and worked at Rosewell.

Friday May 19, 2017

Rosewell Board of Directors Annual Meeting - 5:00 pm

RILL program on a century and a half of the Page family’s association with the Rosewell estate . . .

Name: #245: Beyond the History Books: Colonial Virginia Viewed Through One Family and the Mansion They Built

Dates: Fridays, May 5, 12, and 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Rosewell Foundation Visitors’ Center and Rosewell Ruin

Instructor: Mary H. Claycomb and others

Cost (three sessions and supplies): $35.00

Content: Five generation of the Page family were prominent in the governance and stability of Virginia from the mid-1600s to the early Federal period. From the 1689 marriage of Mathew Page (second son of English immigrant John Page) to Mary Mann, sole heiress of the Timberneck grant (of which the Rosewell tract was the westernmost quarter) through the building of the Rosewell mansion to the sale of the mansion and surrounding acres by the heirs of Governor John Page in 1738-9, the program will show how the names of Page and Rosewell were intertwined with those of other leading families and their houses.

In addition to the well-documented story of the Page family and their powerful influence on the early history of Virginia and the nation, the course will cover the remnants of architectural details of the interior and exterior of the prodigy mansion; the known facts of its 25-year apogee as a center of hospitality and culture; surviving records of the slaves whose labor enabled that legend; and an overview of the dramatic economic, legislative, military, and social conditions against which the 150-year story unfolded.

For further information and registration details, please contact Sharon Drotleff at or 804-333-0767, or visit the website:

(N.B. The course is also called in the registration info #245: One Family and the Mansion They Built)

Mary Meade Harnett Claycomb is a member of the executive committee and chair of the education committee of the Rosewell Foundation. Over the past decade, she has served as president of the Page-Nelson Society of Virginia, an independent organization of descendants of Colonel John Page and the Honorable Thomas Nelson. A tri-great-granddaughter of Governor John Page of Rosewell and Thomas Nelson, Jr., signer of the declaration of independence, she first saw the Rosewell ruin in her early teens, and was captivated by the mansion and its history. A graduate magna cum laude of Radcliffe College (Harvard University), and the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, she has taught graduate level courses at The George Washington University and given presentations in colonial history for adult education students.

Performed in a true story telling format that is great family fun for all ages.

Come and hear the chilling accounts of Leonora and the Ghost,

the Scarlett Lady of Rosewell, the young boy who lights the doorway at night, and much more.

A guide leads you down the old dirt road to the Rosewell ruins by lantern while sharing eerie stories and tales of the unexplained occurrences of this 18th century Colonial Plantation.
2017 Dates and Times:

Friday Oct. 20th and 27th, Saturday Oct. 21st and 28th

 at 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM 

Proceeds from the Ghost Tours help support efforts to preserve,

study, and present the historic Rosewell ruin.

(For entertainment purposes only.  No ghosts will be harmed during the tours.)

Sunday October 15, 2017

​ The Annual Rosewell BBQ,

Wine Tasting and Oyster Roast  ​

Calendar of  Upcoming Events for 2017