The oldest part of this long and oddly picturesque frame house was built for Hugh Rose, a militia colonel and member of the General Assembly during the Revolution. Rose was a friend of Thomas Jefferson, who, with his family, stayed here in 1781 on his way to Poplar Forest (BD26) in retreat from British troops. In the early nineteenth century descendants of Rose added a hall and two west rooms to the one-story-with-attic house, and covered it all with a hipped roof. Contributing to the house's character is the irregular pattern of fenestration and the three-bay centered porch with a tall, lumbering pediment supported by simple posts.
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