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Rose Hill, page 2

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As one enters the house, notice should be taken of the front door. It is a large batten door with black iron hinges extending the full width of the door. On the wall just inside the door hangs an autographed picture of Robert E. Lee which came to "Rose Hill" through the Reverend James Battle Avirett, father of Colonel John W. Avirett. James Battle Avirett was an Episcopal clergyman, who served as a Chaplain in Lee's Army under Stonewall Jackson and Turner Ashby, and spent his last days at "Rose Hill." He was the author of "The Old Plantation" and "Colonel Ashby and His Compeers."

To the left of the entrance hall is the drawing room. The dimensions of this room are approximately eighteen by eighteen with eleven and one-half foot ceiling. All of the original woodwork and mantle are intact, and here one finds the original horsehair plaster which extends throughout most of the house. The windows have been renewed, but it is interesting to note that there have been no changes in the past one hundred and fifty years in the size of the lights. These were standard ten inches by twelve inches in 1801, and are standard dimensions in 1953. The large gold pier mirror and chandelier came from England. The small sectional sofa is perhaps the oldest piece of furniture in the house. This piece of furniture is very similar to our modern three piece sofa. The secretary is also quite old and came from England.

Going from the drawing room into the library, one will notice the offset around the frame of the doorways. This framework is in the form of a "T" which is characteristic of many old homes of the period. It was customary to make the mantle and the trim of each room different, and this is true of "Rose Hill." The hearthstones are the original square bricks which were


Editor: Felix G. Robinson

"ROSE HILL" Courtesy of James Alfred Avirett


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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