We have received the reports of our two consultants who examined the wall painting, stenciling and other interior aspects (nails, woodwork profiles, etc.) of the house, which you will find under the Library heading on the right. The information is fascinating (to some of us), but probably raises more questions than it answers–a frequent outcome. We now know the original color of the woodwork (assuming the moldings, chair rails and baseboards are original; we know the stenciling was done immediately after the walls were plastered because there is no underlying paint or layer of grime on the bare plaster. There is reason to believe the work was done for someone of wealth because the quality of the materials is better than the standard of the time.
But we have no definitive date for the construction of the place. Analysis of the nails and the profile of the woodwork suggests the house may have been built after 1790. That’s particularly interesting because there is good reason to believe that the house already existed when it was purchased by John Roseberry at a sheriff’s sale in 1787. So where does that leave us? With several major questions, and we will certainly engage additional historical researchers and architectural historians to continue the investigation and analysis.
You can read the entire reports of Frank Welsh [ Report on Age and Significance of Roseberry House Wall Stencils ] and Chris Frey [Keystone Roseberry] here.