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Rose Hill Manor Park, Frederick

Categories: Children’s Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
Rose Hill Manor, now known as Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum, is a historic home located at Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland. It is a -story brick house. A notable feature is the large two-story pedimented portico supported by fluted Doric columns on the first floor and Ionic columns on the balustraded second floor. It was the retirement home of Thomas Johnson (1732–1819), the first elected Governor of the State of Maryland and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It was built in the mid-1790s by his daughter and son-in-law.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.History of the PropertyThis land was a part of “Tasker’s Chance”, a 7,000-acre tract owned in 1726 by Benjamin Tasker. In 1737 a group of German farmers took out an option on the entire tract of land described as containing some of the area’s finest potential home-sites. Unable to raise the sum of money Tasker had asked for the land, the small farmers, all of them poor, went to Annapolis lawyer and land speculator Daniel Dulany for financing. Agreeing to undertake the financial arrangements Dulany bought the option, then the tract itself, selling small lots to the enterprising Germans. One 225 acre section was bought in 1746 for 20 pounds by a German, Hans Peter Hoffman. He called the tract “Rose Garden.” His descendants subsequently sold his whole plantation to Maryland’ first elected Governor, Thomas Johnson in 1778 for 4,000 pounds, current money of Maryland at that time. The 225 acre tract was given by Governor Thomas Johnson to his eldest daughter, Ann Jennings Johnson as a wedding gift on the eve of her marriage to Major John Colin Graham. Following the death of his wife, Governor Johnson spent the last 25 years of his life living as a guest of his daughter Ann at Rose Hill. Under Graham’s hand, Rose Hill’s acreage doubled. By the mid-1820s Graham was having problems making ends meet and he sold off some of his slaves, 100 acres of Rose Hill and 300 acres of a farm located 5 miles to the west of Rose Hill. His will instructed his wife to sell the estate after his death, pay debts and keep what was left.
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  • I love this place. The gardens, the tours, the fireplace that they have going in the colder months and the activities for kids that my niece and nephew love. 
  • Every summer the Manor Park has a recreation of WWII display and Antique car show as well as the Museum. This is a nice place to visit for the whole family. Check times and dates with the Museum. 
  • Went with a group of senior citizens and everyone had a lovely time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us an excellent tour inside and out. Lovely in the spring when all the trees and flowers ...  read more »
  • Amazing and very beautiful place!!!!
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