Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House

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Morgan--Bedinger--Dandridge House
Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge-House rosebrake.jpg
Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House is located in West Virginia
Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House
Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House is located in the US
Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House
Nearest city Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°25′37″N 77°48′43″W / 39.42694°N 77.81194°W / 39.42694; -77.81194Coordinates: 39°25′37″N 77°48′43″W / 39.42694°N 77.81194°W / 39.42694; -77.81194
Architectural style Classical Revival, Georgian
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 13, 1983

The Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House — first known as Poplar Grove, then Rosebrake — is part of a group of structures affiliated with the Morgan's Grove rural historic district near Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The property was known as "Poplar Grove" until 1877.


The original building on the site was built around 1745 by settler Richard Morgan (ca. 1700-1763) and became known as the "Back Building". In 1803 the house was expanded by Daniel Morgan with a two-story brick structure, known as the "Great House". Formal gardens were added at this time.

In 1859 the present main portion of the house was built by Caroline Bedinger, widow of Henry Bedinger. During her ownership the house was occupied by Colonel Alexander R. Boteler, a former U.S. Representative who, at the outbreak of the American Civil War became a Confederate officer. After the war, while Boteler was living at Poplar Grove, President U.S. Grant appointed Boteler to the U. S. Centennial Commission. Caroline's daughter, Danske Bedinger Dandridge, a noted poet, changed the name of the house to "Rosebrake" in 1877.

A portico was added to the house in 1950, removed from a house on Long Island and shipped to West Virginia.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Michael J. Pauley (March 28, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Morgan-Bedinger-Dandridge House" (pdf). National Park Service. 

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