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Riversdale was constructed between 1801 and 1807 for Henri Stier, a Flemish aristocrat who had fled the French Revolution, and completed by his daughter Rosalie and her husband George Calvert, grand-son of the fifth Lord Baltimore.
The Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814 directly affected the Calverts as Rosalie described in a letter to her sister soon after the Battle.
After the battle, George Calvert, with the help of the field hands from Riversdale, went to the battle-ground to bury the dead and assist the wounded. The Calverts became friends with several of the wounded British soldiers left behind in Bladensburg.
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