Here’s Your Sign #5 ~ Rosewell Mansion, Gloucester Co, Virginia

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

rosewell sign Mann Page


Mann Page Sr. (1691-1730), my 8x Great Grandfather, was born on the property that was to become Rosewell Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia. His parents and his grandparents on both sides were all deceased by the time he was 16 years old and he was left with all of the property and wealth they had all acquired. The building of the mansion began in 1725. It was built of brick with imported marble casements, and it was 3 stories high, not including the basement. It was then and for many years afterward the largest house in Virginia. The rooms were cubes in their proportions. The large hall was wainscoted with polished mahogany and the banister of the grand stairway was made of the same material and it was carved by hand to represent baskets of fruit, flowers, etc. From the roof of the Mansion, you could see the Nelson House at Yorktown that was 15 miles away. It is said that Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in this house before going to Philadelphia.


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.


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