Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 44 - Rose Hill Manor, Frederick

It is a gorgeous, breezy, partly cloudy, cool fall day.  Just perfect for a walk.  I headed out to Rose Hill Manor, the scene of annual Civil War reenactments, to see what it was all about.

The property was once part of a large tract of 255 acres that later became the retirement home of Governor Thomas Johnson, whose grave I visited when I walked at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Rose Hill is a beautiful painted brick manor home, and during the Civil War, thousands men and horses, part of reserve artillery brigades, converged there, ready to be called into action when needed at Gettysburg.  I tried to find this information online, but the web site is devoted to the park and the children's museum, not so much the history.  I wish I had taken photos of the historical markers found on the site.

Anyway, the house is surrounded by an unusual stone wall, which has flat stone stacked horizontally for a few feet tall, and then stones stacked vertically, like books on a bookshelf, along the top edge of the wall.  Big old trees are growing within the stone walled area.  Many of the trees are walnuts, so it pays to watch where one is walking, because the walnuts lying on the ground looked like green baseballs.  There are outbuildings such as an ice house, a carriage house, a barn, and a replica log cabin representing the first homestead on the property.

Rose Hill Manor is bordered by the athletic fields of Thomas Johnson High School on one side, U.S. 15 on another, and Rt. 355 on another.  It has nice walking paths and gardens.

I'll go back for one of the reenactments that are so popular there, because they always provide such great photo opportunities!

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Cam's rules for the Daily Photo Walk:
  1. walk every day
  2. the walk must be in addition to any other planned activity for the day
  3. post a photo every day
  4. use my Nikon P7100 (it is a very convenient size and weight)
  5. no weather excuses
  6. walk only where it is safe to do so

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