Hartwood Roses - Hartwood Manor History

History of Hartwood Manor

Hartwood Manor is a landmark home along Hartwood Road in western Stafford County, Virginia sitting on about nine acres. It dates to 1848, when it was built by Ariel and Julia Foote. They had relocated to the area from Connecticut, and brought the idea for a Gothic Revival-style brick home, which was more common in the Northeast, with them.

The local newspaper, The Freelance Star, has written a number of articles on the history and restoration of Hartwood Manor:

Here are a few pictures of Hartwood Manor over the years as well as few aerial views that provide a perspective of the farm and our rose field.  What remains of the original Hartwood Manor plantation is just a little under 9 acres.  You can see in a couple of the aerial photos how the manor home is tucked in among the large pecan and oak trees.

For more photos of Hartwood's outbuilding and rose gardens, visit Connie's blog.

 

Hartwood Manor much as it looks today.  There's been a little more landscaping done since this picture.  We'll have a current picture soon. Hartwood Manor as it appeared during the snow of 2006 Hartwood Manor in 2005.  The porch has not yet been rebuilt and an old piece of the 1960's gutters still clings to the front of the house. Hartwood Manor -- view from the road.  The concrete cannon-ball fence was designed and built by one of the previous owners in the 1950's. Hartwood Manor -- view of the rear of the house from the winery next door.  The left side (where the deck has been added) is an original part of the 1848 home.  The right side was added during the renovation in the 1960's.  The new fence was added in 2008. Hartwood Manor as it looked during its renovation in 2003 shortly after it received its new roof. Hartwood Manor as it looked after its renovation in 1966.  It was during this renovation that the metal roof was replaced, the dormer removed as well as much of the gothic trim.  Note the shadow lines above the bay windows where the trim was removed as well as the porch which has changed from four columns to two. Hartwood Manor as it looked in the 1950's.  It still has all of its original gothic details at this point. Hartwood Manor as it looked in the 1940's.  Note the ivy has really started to take hold. Hartwood Manor as it looked in the 1930's.  Note the gothic bargeboards, the center dormer which was removed in the 1960's renovation, and the front steps which had wooden steps at that time. The barn as it appears today after a complete restoration of the structure and siding.  This picture was taken during the final painting. The barn fully renovated just prior to paint. The barn during its renovation in 2008. The barn before restoration began.  The toll of the broken timbers can be clearly seen. The barn as it appeared in 2001.  It's difficult to see from all of the overgrowth, but the barn was nearing its final days as major structural members had already broken. The barn as it appeared in 1992.  The building next to the barn is a cinderblock tack shed. An aerial view of the manor home.  The red outline indicates property line of Hartwood Manor. An aerial view of Hartwood Manor and surrounding area.  The red outline indicates property line of Hartwood Manor. An aerial side view of Hartwood Manor.  The home is just barely visible within the large trees.  The highlighted yellow area indicates Hartwood Roses main garden. An aerial side view of Hartwood Manor.  The home is hidden in this view by the large trees surrounding the home.  The highlighted yellow area indicates Hartwood Roses main garden.