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Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, Frederick

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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 have been to several of the events that are held at Rose Hill Manor Park and Museum. The grounds are breathtaking, as is the house. There is so much history there and the events that are held are a ...  more »
  • well maintained and operated by very friendly and caring staff. Saw a WWII re-enactors day out there that was awesome. They were very accommodating for camps for the kids as we sent our little fella t...  more »
  • We take our kids here for the tours as well add the special events and classes being taught. The volunteers are always Tai to work with kids and explain history in a way that they understand. This is ...  more »
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  • Neat historic place. The Halloween bash is great for little children (age 2-8)
  • Amazing and very beautiful place!!!!