Riversdale, a National Historic Landmark, was begun in 1801 by Henri Joseph
Stier, a wealthy Belgian immigrant. After his return to Europe, his
daughter, Rosalie, and her husband, George Calvert, made it their home.
Mrs. Calvert’s correspondence tells the story of this family and their
elegant Federal style home. The household and property, once more than 700
acres, was a large farm supported by domestic servants and enslaved
workers. Tours of the site incorporate women’s, African American,
University of Maryland, and War of 1812 history.
DescriptionRiversdale was one of the most distinctive homes in the region during the early Federal period. Today, the central portion of the house serves as a museum interpreting the lifestyle of an affluent family. The rental areas include a large carpeted ballroom in late 19th century decor as well as a smaller meeting/banquet room and catering kitchen.