Historic Rosedale Foundation
Historic Rosedale, Charlotte’s oldest frame home, was built in 1815 and is an exemplary example of early 19th century architecture in the Carolinas. The home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was restored and preserved as a house museum by the Historic Rosedale Foundation. Today, Rosedale strives to serve the community through house museum and garden tours, special events, preservation, and outreach programs. It is their ongoing mission to research, preserve, and present the stories of those who lived and worked at Rosedale, both the Frew, Caldwell, and Davidson families and the African-Americans, enslaved and free.
Open every last Saturday of the month from 12:00 - 3:00 PM.
Catching up on reviews. I stopped by for the first time on Sunday, 05-08-22. Couldn't be with my mom for Mother's Day so I took advantage of the free admission being offered. Truly another one of Charlotte's hidden gems! I've driven by for years & couldn't believe the beauty that captivated me just beyond downtown. It was chilly that day, but the flowers in bloom warmed my heart. I was just as mesmerized by that swamp chestnut oak as I was by any tree I'd seen near Charleston. The staff was very friendly. They were eager to answer my questions and give me a great history lesson. Would definitely return.
This was such an interesting place to see. I had no idea it was haunted. If I could be brave enough I would probably go to the ghost tour, but I'm still not sure. One of the ladies had on a ghostbuster jacket so I had a sneaking suspicion. It was haunted. So I asked and they informed me that it was the doctor that used to live there, the governess, and the little girls haunt the place. And then it was confirmed by another person that was there that some of the tourists had had their hair pulled or had been pushed by one of the ghosts. One of the workers said they've even heard their name called which sounds very spooky. Great time!
A hidden gem in Charlotte! I love historic houses, but had never heard of this one and there are no others in the area. Be sure to go on a Friday or the last Saturday of the month so you can take the hour-long guided tour. Our docent, Ishmael, was superb. He told a great story, taught me some things I didn't know (and I'm a history major and previous museum curator, so that's a high bar), and even kept several children on the tour interested for the whole time. Great and informative way to spend an afternoon.
On April 21, twenty three of our garden club members enjoyed a wonderful day at Historic Rosedale. The azaleas, iris and dogwoods were in fine form and we saw many lovely native trees and shrubs. Cher and the garden staff were most welcoming, Rosedale is a real treasure. Thanks.
A lot to explore on a small property. It cost $2 to walk the grounds, and since I am traveling with my dogs, I was only interested in walking the grounds. The house exterior is very well maintained. The gardens have 3 sections and are located to the left of the house. In the back to the left is a large covered area for events. Located in the back is the visitors center/office where you pay for admission. In the same building is where the restrooms are located. To my surprise, the ladies room is nice!!! Probably because they do special events, like wedding there. To the right of the house is a nice trail through a small arboretum. There is also a blacksmith house with an exhibit to the right place f the house where the parking area is. I visited this day, January. I am sure the property looks even more beautiful in the Spring to Fall. There are some flowering trees/bushes when I visited. In addition to the admission fee, you can make a donation to help maintain the property. The donation box is located on the counter where you pay your admission fee. If no one is there, you can pay your fee using the envelopes hanging in the door of the visitors center. Please bring cash, just in case. I really enjoyed my walk around the property. I walked a little over a mile around the entire property included the trails.