Children give tours of Rosalie

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 13, 1999

Children from across the state will converge on Rosalie Saturday.

Costumed representatives from the Mississippi State Society of the Children of the American Revolution will host tours of the historic home Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

&uot;We should have 20 kids from all across the state,&uot; said Cheryl Branyon, Manager of Rosalie.

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Children will range in age from six to 19 years old, said Patricia Rigdon of Flowood, Senior State President of the Mississippi State Society of the Children of the American Revolution.

The children will begin their day at 9 a.m. Saturday with a state board meeting of the officers for their society. Afterwards, they will have a general meeting, lunch, and photo session on the mansion’s front steps.

Rosalie is a federal style mansion built in 1820-1823 high on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It’s name is derived from a French name given to the first settlement on the river in 1716, named Rosalie in honor of the Duchess de Pontchartrain.

Rosalie is now owned, operated and maintained by the Mississippi Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Dressed in Civil War era costume, the children will be stationed in various rooms throughout the house to offer historic information about that room.

&uot;We will pair the children so that younger children will be paired with an older child,&uot; said Rigdon. &uot;But each child will have a speaking part.&uot;

Visitors to Rosalie are welcome to tour the home during the hours the children will be in costume, Branyan said.

&uot;Tours will be every hour and half-hour,&uot; she said. No reservations are necessary.

Tickets can be purchased in the Rosalie Gift Shop at $6 for adult and $3 for children.