Rose Hill Manor
1611 North Market Street, Frederick
"A mile north of Frederick, close to the main road to Gettysburg, is the large white Georgian home known as Rose Hill. Thomas Johnson, a close political associate as well as personal friend of George Washington, and the first elected Governor of Maryland, purchased 225 acres of the 7000-acre Tasker's Chance in 1778. In 1788, he gave the land to his daughter, Ann Jennings Johnson, while he continued to reside on his estate known as Richfields.
In 1793, Miss Johnson and her husband, Major John Grahame, started building Rose Hill, and it was completed in 1798. After the death of his wife, Governor Johnson left Richfields and joined the Grahame household. Governor Johnson lived at Rose Hill until his death in 1819. The Grahames occupied Rose Hill until the Major's death in 1833.
During the nineteenth century the house had several owners, including John McPherson, who operated the Catoctin Iron Works. In 1906, title passed to Noah E. Cramer, a successful businessman who modernized the house.
The white painted brick mansion is appraoched by a driveway which divides as it passes through the entrance gates and curved in a circle to the front steps. The large two storey porch supports a graceful pediment with a half-moon in its typanium. Two dormer windows project from the roof of the main building, but there is none on the small two storey left wing."
etc. p. 74
Lancelot Jacques House
Route 56, Big Spring
"Three miles south of Clear Spring, at Green Spring Furnace, is located a log and clapboard house built before 1750 by Lancelot Jacques, a French Huguenot refugee, who came to America and became a great friend of Thomas Johnson, later Governor of Maryland. Together they operated Catoctin Furnace and were partners in many business ventures, not dissolving partnership until 1776. Lancelot Jacques kept the Green Spring property and his nephew, Denton, lived there after him.
The house was admirably situated for defence against the Indians, as it was on a hill close to a fine spring. Three miles southwest was Fort Frederick, offering refuge if the attack on the dwelling proved too much for the small group of pioneers to cope with. When Braddock marched to his death he passed near here, camping under Fairview Mountain."
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