Located on a walking trail just under one mile in length, seven interpretive signs tell the story of the First Battle of Kernstown. (Upper Picture)
The 1950s view of Rose Hill shows the Federal-style addition that adjoins the original log structure. The oldest portion of the Rose Hill house dates back to 1790. (Lower Picture)
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General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson commanded the southern troops in the First Battle of Kernstown.
The Rose Hill grounds and walking trail are available for group tours by advance appointment. For reservation and fee information, email the MSV Tour Coordinator.
General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson commanded the Southern troops at the First Battle of Kernstown. His absence from the battle's front lines was a crucial error. He also failed to understand the extent of his opposing forces, and he did not communicate his battle plans to subordinates. The general never repeated his mistakes; this battle was his only tactical defeat of the war.
Just as the Glen Burnie House is the ancestral home of the Wood family,
Rose Hill is the ancestral home of the Glass family. The two families
became linked in 1832 with the marriage of Catherine Wood and Thomas S. Glass.
Located several miles from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's main Winchester
campus, Rose Hill is an excellent example of a vernacular Federal-style house
built by Irish immigrants. It also derives historic significance as the site
of the Civil War's March 23, 1862 First Battle of Kernstown.
The site is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is an official
project of Save America's
Treasures, a private partnership between the White House Millennium Council
and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to a Virginia
Civil War Trails marker that offers interpretation on the perimeter
of the property, the Rose Hill grounds include a walking trail with seven interpretative markers.
The Civil War Trails marker is accessible at any time, the walking trail is open for self-guided tours three days each month April through October. The site is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and second Tuesdays of each month and from 1 to 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The admission fee (payable on site) is $5 for adults, seniors and youth (13-18). Children under age 12 and MSV Members are admitted free of charge. Rose Hill admission is also free with the purchase of a MSV gallery admission on the day of the tour. The walking trail is just under one mile in length. The Rose Hill house is not open for tours. Rose Hill is located a few miles from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley campus at 1850 Jones Road in Winchester.
To arrange a group tour at Rose Hill , email the Museum at tours@theMSV.org.
Information about Shenandoah Valley Civil War battlefields is available from
the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields