The neighbors called it “Frews’s Folly,” though the reason remains obscure. Perhaps it was the chrome yellow trim, a shocking contrast to the plank and log style houses common to the back country. It is unknown when the house became known as Rosedale. Originally part of a 911 acre plantation, Rosedale was built by Archibald Frew, a merchant, postmaster and tax collector. The house was occupied in the 1830s by D.T. Caldwell and his family. Dr. Caldwell, in addition to his medical practice, ran the plantation with the support of 20 to 30 slaves.

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