Things to do at Rosedale

Welcome To Historic Rosedale Plantation

We would love to have you come by for a house tour.  And our 8.9 acres of urban green space contain lovely gardens and wooded areas for you to stroll and explore.

House

200 years of history in the heart of Charlotte

When Archibald Frew built his showcase house on North Tryon Street, he could have never known that almost 200 years later the house would be restored to his exacting standards.  From the “Paris” yellow trim on the exterior to the faux painted panelling, from the hand carved fireplaces to the original French hand-blocked wallpaper, his grand plan survives.

At its largest the plantation covered 911 acres.  It was run as a “subsistence” plantation, growing what was necessary to support the people living here, as opposed to growing a dominant crop such as cotton or rice.

The generations of both White and African Americans who lived and worked here left a legacy of stories behind as testimony to their experiences here at Rosedale.

Gardens

Historic Rosedale Plantation is a rare treasure located in a densely populated urban area of Charlotte, North Carolina. A beautiful two-hundred-year-old house sits on the remaining nine acres of the original nine hundred acres. Rosedale is an urban greenspace that brings together locals and out-of-town visitors as a sustainable part of a busy neighborhood.

Come take refuge and commune with nature and wildlife while learning about Rosedale’s historic past.  Stroll through the Big Tree Museum, or Shrub Garden planted by retired biologist from UNC Charlotte, Dr. Larry Mellichamp.  Take time to behold the many different butterflies fluttering through the perennial borders or be seated under the pergola in the formal gardens while observing our local birds and habitat.

Here at Historic Rosedale, we are advocates of native plants, which are adapted to local environmental conditions.  Once established, these plants require less water and do not need pesticides or fertilizers, allowing for a healthy ecosystem. Native plants also provide vital habitats and food for the local flora and fauna. We are proud to be an Advanced Certified Wildlife Habitat as designated by the National Wildlife Federation and a member of the Butterfly Highway, which is “a roadmap for pollinators & wildlife conservation.”

Three large honey bee hives on the site help pollinate our trees, shrubs and plants. Our first batch of honey was entered into a regional contest and won second place out of seventy samples of local honey! During the spring our local honey is for sale.

So come visit our jewel in the Queen’s City Crown. Help us in supporting our continuous efforts in keeping history alive through our interpretations of the gardens and grounds.  It’s an enchanting place to visit all year around!

Smithy

The blacksmith shop at Historic Rosedale is a recreation of the original, and is on nearly the same spot. Blacksmithing was important to the success of the plantation. It provided iron work for the plantation’s needs, and it generated income by taking commissions from folks throughout the area for their iron work, as well.