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.
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