Built in 1798, Rossborough Inn is not only the oldest standing building on the University of Maryland campus, but also the oldest standing building in the city of College Park.
Originally built as a tavern and inn to service travelers between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Rossborough Inn is now being used as an administrative building on campus. But before it became an administrative building, Rossborough Inn had quite an interesting history. When the University of Maryland was first established in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, Rossborough Inn was the first building on the campus. In the early years of the University, Rossborough Inn was used as a faculty residence building, even hosting the University president. During the Civil War, Rossborough Inn was used by Confederate soldiers as a campsite. The Inn was a key component for the Confederate soldiers during their attempt to intercept Union Army reinforcements.
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