When Joseph Swift decided to build a new house, he didn't want just a bigger log cabin. He wanted a spectacular house. And that's what he got. (See undated photo above.)
He hired a New York architect to design it. It took ten workmen two years to build the white Greek Revival mansion. It had fourteen rooms, seven fireplaces, a basement kitchen, French windows and decorative pillars shipped from New York.
Swift called his new home Rosedale. It soon became a well-known landmark in the area and was located on what is now Gore Orphanage Road.
Unfortunately, Swift suffered financial problems and was forced to sell his beloved Rosedale in the mid-1860's.
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