Rose Hill (Port Tobacco, Maryland)

Rose Hill (Port Tobacco, Maryland)

Rose Hill, a registered national historic site in Charles County, Maryland is known for three things:
* It was the home of Dr. Gustavus R. Brown, a life-long friend of George Washington, as well as one of his physicians.
* It was the home of Miss Olivia Floyd (born 1826, died 1905citation
title=OLIVIA FLOYD DEAD.; Famous Woman Blockade Runner of the Confederacy
publisher=The New York Times
date=December 12, 1905
] )
* It is the reputed site of the Port Tobacco "Blue Dog" Legend

Dr. Gustavus Richard Brown

The Rose Hill manor house was built in 1783 (or laterSometime after the 1783 tax assessment, according to the Maryland Historical Trust web page.] ) by Dr. Gustavus Brown.He had recently combined four tracts of land from Betty's Delight for this purpose.Arnett, pp 44-45]

The house has been owned by several people since it was built, andrestored more than once, [The Historic American Buildings Survey notes that it was restored in 1937,which was when the survey made photographs of the building.] most recently by Charles Stuart.Before Stuart bought it in 1972, it was owned by Frank Wade for 12 years.] [cite web
title=Memorial Obituaries — Charles Edward Stuart
publisher=Brinsfield Echols Funeral Home
date=August 19, 2007
] [cite web
title=Nixon White House Staffer, Charles Stuart, Dies at 69
publisher=The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation

Miss Olivia Floyd

The Maryland archives (and some less reliable sources) appear to show that Rose Hill Farm (with the manor) was sold to Ignatius Semmes, but do not provide a clear story, i.e., whether it was to the elder Semmes (born 1773 [O'Rourke, pp 12.] ), or the younger (born 1821 [cite web
title=The Early Nineteenth Century Burials at Mount Carmel, Maryland
author=Sister Miriam John+, OCD, Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Carmel of Port Tobacco

File modified October 7, 2000. It lists dates on gravestones 1778-1826 and 1821-1843 for the elder and younger Ignatius Semmes. See external link to St. Ignatius Church which shows worn gravestones (1773 may be read as 1778).
] ), and when this took place (from 1804 to the early 1820s). Another Gustavus Brown is mentioned more than once in the same area, up to 1826. But the archives do show that older Semmes died in 1826, and the younger Semmes died in 1843, willing the property to his uncle and aunt (Holmes and Semmes) and her children.

Olivia Floyd was one of the latter.She is best known as a Confederate agent. [cite web
title=Rose Hill
publisher=The Historical Marker Database
date=June 17, 2007
] [cite book
title=Women in the Civil War: Extraordinary Stories of Soldiers, Spies, Nurses, Crusaders and Others
author=Larry G. Eggleston
publisher=McFarland & Company
] [The Maryland Historical Trust web page states that Olivia Floyd was a descendent of Gustavus Brown.] [cite web
title=Miss Olivia Floyd
author=John T. Marck
publisher=About Famous People

The Blue Dog

Port Tobacco, which is at the bottom of Rose Hill, is a town.In contrast, Rose Hill Road (which is outside Port Tobacco) passes a few widely scattered houses.



*cite book
title=Maryland: A New Guide to the Old Line State
coauthors=Dr. Robert J Brugger, Edward C. Papenfuse
publisher=Johns Hopkins University Press

*cite web
title=Washington stayed here, as does loyal dog's ghost
publisher=Baltimore Sun
date=September 29, 2002

*cite book
title=Catholic Families of Southern Maryland
first=Timothy J.
publisher=Genealogical Publishing Company

*cite book
title=Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia
first=Helen West
publisher=The Grafton press

*cite book
first=John Thomas
title=History of Maryland from the Earliest Period to the Present Day
publisher=John B. Piet

*cite book
title=Potomac Landings
publisher=Doubleday, Page & Company

*cite web
title=MD0347 — Rose Hill, Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco vicinity, Charles County, MD
publisher=Historic American Buildings Survey

*cite web
title=National Register Listings in Maryland
publisher=Maryland Historical Trust

External links

* [ Lists several photographs of Rose Hill]
* [ Description and photograph of Betty's Delight]
* [ St. Ignatius Catholic Church, St. Thomas Manor Chapel Point, Maryland]

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