Charlotte’s Best Kept Secret Is Hiding In The Woods


charlotte's best kept secretBlocks away from the wildly popular NoDa lies one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets – an true antebellum plantation that was built in the 1800s and features some of the most beautiful architecture in the city, as well as some of the oldest trees in the region.

Historic Rosedale sits squarely between the stigmatized Hidden Valley neighborhood and the ever increasingly popular NoDa arts district.

The historic plantation once included over 900 acres of the most beautiful land in the region, with a home that spared no expense in its construction – known for its Federal period architecture and for its faux grained woodwork, the original French wallpaper still survives in three rooms.

The immaculately preserved home and gardens are now open for public tours. (Adults $10; children 12 and under $8; 65 years and up $8) -typically open 1 – 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

When you visit the old plantation, you’ll discover what it was like to live in Charlotte centuries ago and learn about the different families that previously lived in the lavish home. Expect to spend 45 minutes to an hour on a guided tour and allow extra time if you’re interested in touring the majestic gardens on your own.

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