Rosewell was built by Mann Page and his son, Mann Page II, between 1726-37 in Gloucester County, Virginia. It was the largest and finest of American houses in the early colonial period, intended to rival in grandeur the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg.
Mann Page (1691-1730) married Judith Carter, the daughter of Robert "King" Carter. Educated at Eton College and Oxford University, he was a member of the the Governor's Council. His grandson, John Page, was Governor of Virginia and a roommate and close friend of Thomas Jefferson.