Rosewell was a plantation house in Gloucester County, Virginia, built by Mann Page and his son, Mann Page II, between 1725 and 1733. The three-story house was considered one of the grandest and largest homes in colonial America. Thomas Jefferson visited his good friend, John Page (the son of Mann Page II), at Rosewell a number of times during his years studying at the College of William and Mary. The house was largely destroyed by fire in 1916, but the ruins still stand.
1768 October 4. "Gave watermen from Rosewell 2/6."3
1769 November 7. "Gave servt. of J. Page senr. 1/3."4
1770 February 21. (Jefferson to John Page). "Indeed I should be much happier were I nearer to Rosewell and Severn[n] hall. ... I reflect often with pleasure on the philosophical evenings I passed at Rosewell in my last visits there."5