Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park


Fridays & Sunday noon-3:30 pm

(tours depart from the Visitor Center on the quarter hour, 12:15-3:15pm)

Groups of 10 or my by appointment


Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Sunday – noon-3:30 pm

Riversdale, an elegant Federal home, was constructed between 1801 and 1807 for Henri Stier, a Flemish aristocrat, and completed by his daughter Rosalie and her husband George Calvert, grandson of the fifth Lord Baltimore. Today, this architectural gem has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of the Calverts in the early 19th century. Archaeology, archival records, and oral histories are used to provide modern-day visitors with a better understanding of 19th century life. Rosalie Calvert's letters are used to piece together the life of a gentry-class woman living in rural Maryland. Adam Francis Plummer, an enslaved man owned by the Calverts, wrote a rare first-person account of slavery. Their stories have been preserved and are retold at Riversdale.

The museum is open to the public for docent-guided tours and for a variety of special events. It may also be rented for weddings, receptions, luncheons, and business meetings. The Riversdale Historical Society, a volunteer organization, works with M-NCPPC staff to preserve the cultural heritage of Riversdale and maintain the mansion as an historic house.

For more information, visit us at www.riversdale.org or http://history.pgparks.com
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  • Visited the museum for their annual Riversdale by Candelight event in December and discovered it was a true gem of Maryland history. Really lovely place with docents and volunteers passionate about th...  more »
  • Every time my parents come to MD, we visit historic homes. I find it fascinating to learn about the people whose names we see everywhere (ex. Calvert, Carroll). Despite having been a student at Univer...  more »
  • Interesting local landmark. Offers a great summer camp too. Lovely garden.
  • A hidden gem. Beautiful historic building in ongoing process of research & restoration.
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