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May 28, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Rose Terrace, Part I

Rose Terrace. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1933. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Rose Terrace is included in the Buckingham Court House District (Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places). Today, the expansive, inviting veranda and balconies which attracted Frances Benjamin Johnston’s eye are closed in.

Originally called Rose Cottage, in the late 1930s this house was renamed Rose Terrace to distinguish it from the Rose Cottage located just outside Maysville.

Rose Terrace sits at the extreme west end of Buckingham Court House on the north side of Highway 60.

In 1936, Elizabeth McCraw described Rose Terrace’s lovely entry for the Virginia Historical Inventory, writing: “A flagstone walk leads to the entrance door. This heavy six panel door with a fan shaped transom, leads into the front hall, which is more like a room than a hall.”

The interior included a welcoming parlor, with a cornice of plaster and “a matching decoration in the ceiling in the shape of a diamond.” The eight-room house included a “splendid basement of three rooms,” as well as a “unique stairway” from the main floor to the basement.

Mrs. McCraw also described the back of the house, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston: “A Dutch door opens from the kitchen to the ‘veranda’ which is under the back porch, and floored with brick. A brick walk leads to the office building in the side yard.”

The original section of the house was erected sometime between 1776 and 1800. Dr. William Perkins Moseley (1794–1863) purchased the property in 1820 and elaborated it to accommodate his large family. In 1833, Dr. Moseley became an elder at Maysville Presbyterian Church, where he served until his death.

In 1936, Elizabeth McCraw’s informants included Florence LaSalle (Moseley) Pratt (1855–1951). Her husband, Dr. Whitcomb Eliphalet Pratt (1849–1901), was the grandson of Alexander Trent Moseley (1786–1873), who was born in the house. Mrs. McCraw also interviewed Margaret G. (Mrs. Philip Ashley) Grigg (1869–1960), the owner and resident of Rose Terrace when the photo was made.

Coming Next: Rose Terrace, Part II

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