The Robert Rose monument is the earliest visible grave marker (1751) at St. John's Church, a National Historic Landmark. The loss of the earliest visible marker at St. John’s Church due to deterioration from environmental factors would be tragic and would eliminate a valuable element that contributes to the rich historic fabric at St. John’s Church, the city of Richmond and Virginia.
Fortunately we have now completed his restoration and the dedication of his monument will occur on Friday June 30, 2017, the 266th anniversary of his death.
Robert Rose, born in Scotland, immigrated to the colonies in 1725 as a clergyman. Tradition credits him with the invention of the bateaux in 1749 when he lashed two shallow canoes together to create a boat to carry tobacco down the river from his home in Albemarle County to Richmond. He died while traveling to Richmond and was buried in the churchyard in 1751.