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June 1, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Rose Terrace, Part II


In 1958, Mrs. R. J. Wojnicki wrote an article entitled, “Rose Terrace in Buckingham County served as Hotel, Private School and Residence during 158-Year History,” for Charlottesville’s Daily Progress. She began by identifying the house is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rowlett H. Bruce. They were responsible for changing the name from “Rose Cottage” to “Rose Terrace” so that it would not be confused with the property belonging to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, also named “Rose Cottage,” which was located near Lee Wayside Park.

Noting that the deed history of the property had been destroyed when the Buckingham County courthouse burned, Mrs. Wojnicki dug into tax records at the Virginia State Library (today the Library of Virginia). She discovered that Dr. William Perkins Moseley paid tax on the property in 1820 and added an east wing to the house in 1824 or 1825, using this part of the house for his office. She went on to identify subsequent owners as the Walton, Eldridge, Morris, Luck and Grigg families.

Then, she went on to describe some of its history:

Long ago the place was well-known as a hotel. Governor McKinney of Virginia was among the many distinguished guests who were entertained here. At one period it housed a small private school.

In August of 1940, when Richard Winston visited “Rose Terrace,” he told the present owners that as a young boy he visited there and remember a kitchen in the yard for which meals were brought inside to serve guests who arrived by carriage and on horseback when they came to Buckingham Court House on “Court Day.”

Coming Next: Buckingham Houses: Rose Terrace, Part III

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