The Rosewell Visitors Center in Gloucester has undergone some renovation this summer, said Rosewell Foundation board member Marilyn Iglesias. Completion is due by October.
The work includes new flooring, HVAC system, painting and some changes to a storage area. This space will be converted to an education center for adult programs and the student curriculum, she said.
This work follows summer projects that included studies by Chloe Porche, a graduate fellow at the University of Virginia. She was tasked with uncovering information on the enslaved population at Rosewell, which was built in Gloucester by the Page family in 1725 and burned in 1916. Porche compiled information from letters, diaries, runaway ads, property records, tax records and wills, and “her search netted invaluable information not only on the slaves themselves, but also provided a glimpse into the Tidewater area in general as lifestyles changed over the centuries,” Iglesias said.
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