R is for ROSSBOROUGH INN!
The Rossborough Inn, located on Route 1 next to Chapel Field and across the street from Ritchie Coliseum, is the oldest building on campus, although it has been extensively renovated. The inn was built between 1802 and 1814 and has had many uses over the last 200-plus years. It originally served as a resting place for travelers journeying along the turnpike between Baltimore and Washington. It became the headquarters for the Agricultural Experiment Station at the station’s establishment in 1888 and was also used as faculty and student housing and a faculty/staff club. The building now serves as offices for Undergraduate Admissions staff.
Keep an eye on our social media tomorrow, HALLOWEEN, for our final post about Spooky UMD, featuring the Rossborough Inn!
This is the 18th post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.
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Check back on Monday, November 2, for Letter S!