Experience Rose Hill Park

Just as the Glen Burnie House is the ancestral home of the Wood family, the house on the MSV’s Rose Hill Farm is the ancestral home of the Glass family. It was also home to men, women, and children who were enslaved on the property. The Wood and Glass families became linked in 1832 with the marriage of Catherine Wood and Thomas S. Glass.

Located at 1871 Jones Road, Winchester, VA  22602—several miles from the MSV’s Winchester campus—the Rose Hill landscape derives historic significance as the site of the Civil War’s March 23, 1862 First Battle of Kernstown.

Rose Hill’s historic landscape is now open as Rose Hill Park (See the Press Release). Opened on August 18, 2016, and operated in partnership with Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department (FCPRD), the park features a 1.25-mile walking trail with Civil War interpretive signage, restrooms, a new entrance, and a parking lot. A 60-person picnic shelter is available for private rentals by calling FCPRD at 540-665-5678.

A portion of the Rose Hill property operates as a working farm; that acreage is closed to the public as is the property’s historic house, which is a private residence.

Rose Hill Park is open to visitors at no charge from 8 a.m. until dusk, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day).

Nearby, the Pritchard-Grim Farm, owned by the Kernstown Battlefield Association, is open seasonally for tours. Early stages of the First Battle of Kernstown were fought on the Pritchard-Grim Farm. Rose Hill was the scene of the battle’s later phase and final conflict. The new walking trail at Rose Hill Park provides public access to the First Kernstown battlefield and includes interpretive signage that tells the story of the site’s famous Civil War Battle.