Riversdale House Museum

4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737 - United States





Riversdale is an elegant Federal style manor house 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 elegant architectural gem has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of the Calverts in Federal America.

Rosalie Calvert’s letters, supplemented by other archival records and archaeology, are used to provide modern-day visitors with a better understanding of the period. The journal of Adam Francis Plummer, an enslaved man owned by the Calverts, provides a rare first-person account of African American life in 19th century Maryland.


Riversdale is primarily interpreted to the period 1801-1821. Rooms are furnished to appear as they were when Rosalie Stier Calvert lived here. Furniture, ceramics, glassware, textiles, and books include Calvert family pieces and other period antiques. Furnishings are supplemented by high quality reproductions.


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