The Historic Rosedale Plantation

norlaw1935 By norlaw1935, 29th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Rosedale Plantation is a very popular tourist attraction in Charlotte. Rosedale Plantation is also know as "Frews Folly" and no one is sure why.

Visit the Rosedale Plantation

The Rosedale Plantation is one of Charlotte’s most popular tourist attractions. The Rosedale home was built in 1815 on a plantation that was over 900 acres by Archibald Frew who was a merchant, postmaster and tax collector. The Rosedale Plantation house now sets on less than 9 acres.

The Rosedale Plantation house is beautiful and depicts a rich gentleman’s life in the 1800’s. The house is an exquisite example of Federal period architecture in the state of North Carolina. There are great tours you can take of the plantation house, barns, outbuildings and wash building where the slaves did the laundry. You will also visit the beautiful gardens.

In the early years Rosedale was called “Frews Folly” by many people but no one really knows why. Some think it might have been because Rosedale was so different from the other homes in the area that were built of planks and logs. Rosedale had imported yellow chrome trim which was very different and lavish and set it apart from the other homes. No one really knows when its name was changed to Rosedale or why.

It is said that the decedents of Archibald Frews sister lived in Rosedale most of the time until 1986. Many of the historic homes in Charlotte were sold to developers over the years but Rosedale Plantation escaped that fate. The Colonial Dame Society purchased Rosedale and restored it and it now open to visitors. There is a 1 ½ hour tour of Rosedale that is very informative. You will be taken on a tour of the 13 room plantation house with its hall and parlor design entry. You will see the beautiful hand carved woodwork along the ceilings and when you go upstairs you will see the French wallpaper that has survived the years and is still in three rooms. The beautiful Rosedale Plantations history is attached to other fabulous historic sites in the area. These include the Hezekiah Alexander home site, the Latta Plantation and many other historic sites.

After you tour the house you can take a tour of the beautiful gardens. The fabulous gardens were designed by Mrs. Craighead Davidson in 1918. You will see the Mecklenburg Treasure Trees. Some of the beautiful Treasure Trees have been lost over the years. A Treasure Sassafras Tree was lost in 2001 when it was struck by lightening. A red maple was also lost when it was also struck by lightening. You can take on the Treasure Tree Leaf Hunt. The plantation has 6 trees on the property that are historic treasure. You can buy a Treasure Hunt booklet that will help you find and identify these trees and you will learn why they are so special.

Dr. Caldwell and his family lived at Rosedale Plantation in the 1830’s. He ran his medical practice and the plantation with the help of 20 slaves.

Rosedale Plantation has a great gift shop where you can get replicas of artifacts from the past. You will also find places where shows and reenactments of the past take place.
You can only visit the Rosedale Plantation by taking an organized tour. The tours of Rosedale Plantation are fabulous. You can book your tour by email with the educational director at A reservation will be confirmed by an email after receipt of a deposit. There are special private tours for groups of 15 or more people. These tours must be arranged 3 weeks in advance.

If you are in the Charlotte area you must visit the beautiful Rosedale Plantation. It will be a visit filled with memories you will not soon forget.

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