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A Guide To The Historic Rosedale Plantation

August 17, 2011 8:01 PM

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The neighbors called it “Frew’s Folly,” though no one really knows why. But with one visit to the Historic Rosedale Plantation, you will leave feeling as if you left family. Although it is unknown when the house became known as Rosedale, it stands a significant piece of history that is right here in Charlotte, NC. Come to know the Historic Rosedale Plantation and see why it is not only steeped in history, but steeped in the fabric of all of our pasts!

All In The Family…

Rosedale was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, a merchant, postmaster and tax collector.Archibald and his sister Sarah arrived in the village of Charlotte in the late 1790s. He began making trips up the Philadelphia or Great Wagon Road to Philadelphia and from that vantage point, began transporting goods. A life filled with marriage, work and promise, he later died at the age of forty-seven at Rosedale on April 15, 1823.The house was occupied in the 1830s by D. T. Caldwell and his family. Later, the family owned slaves. Approximately twenty slaves lived and worked on the Caldwell Plantation in the mid-1800’s.A list of the Caldwell slaves from 1833 have a beginning with Ben and Jenny.Several of the slaves of the Caldwell’s took the Caldwell name and returned to the Sugar Creek area.

Tour Information

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Trained docents provide the tours of the Historic Rosedale Plantation. Tours for drop-in visitors are Thursday through Sunday beginning at 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

Groups of 15 or more are strongly encouraged to make reservations for a special scheduled tour and receive discounted admission.

Group reservations should be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

The 1 to 1 1/2 hour tour is one that showcases the architecture, history and daily life of early Mecklenburg County. The 13-room federal house is always a highlight and is rich with historical facts. Plantation and village life are there to be examined and enjoyed as guests come to know the Frew, Caldwell and Davidson families, both black and white, who occupied this antebellum plantation.


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$7.00 for adults
$5.00 for children 4 years old through 12th grade
$5.00 for seniors (65 or older)”
Children 3 and under are free when accompanied by parent or guardian
$5.00 per person with groups of 15 or more (this number does not include children 3 or under) – group reservation required.All group tours require a 50% non-refundable deposit two weeks in advance.
The deposit will be applied to the gate admission fee.

Tours are booked through email with the education director roseedu@historicrosedale.org
Please note: A reservation is confirmed ONLY by an email confirmation after receipt of deposit.

Special Private Tours:
If you an a party of 15 or more of your friends are interested in a private tour, they must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Tours are welcomed if scheduled for mornings and afternoons throughout the week or at regular tour times if the group is 20 or less.

Rentals and Photo Shoots

Because the grounds are so picturesque and filled with history, photo shoots and rentals of the property are available. From packages beginning at $85, there is wonder and tremendous spirit that await with each and every photograph taken on the grounds of the Historic Rosedale Plantation. For more information about both, contact:(704)335-0325.

Educational Richness…

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Groups of school children are always encouraged ,as well as a prompt arrival of your group. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a tour.

Your class can use the picnic area on the grounds, but trash bags must be brought and carried with your groups garbage in them.

Additional Attractions

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There is a gift shop that sells replicas of artifacts as well as memorabilia that holds rich historical facts and significant information. There are also designated places where small shows and reenactments take place. Each provides a perspective of history that reaches further than any book in a school.

For More Information and To Begin the Journey…

3427 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206


Website: http://historicrosedale.org/

Thurs – Sun:1:30 pm-3:00 pm; 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


Cicely C. Mitchell

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