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Avondale House, Avondale, County Wicklow, Ireland is the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. It is set in a magnificent Avondale Forest Park of over 2 km² (500 acres) with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours. The house is approximately 1.5km from the nearby town of Rathdrum. The river Avonmore flows through the park on its way towards the Irish Sea.
It is a Georgian house, designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777. It is notable for its fine plasterwork and still contains many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart (1778-1869), Parnell's American grandfather who commanded the USS Constitution (now moored in Boston Harbor) during the War of 1812. Visitors are introduced to the house by an audio visual presentation.
Other facilities include a restaurant, book shop, picnic areas, children's play area, two orienteering courses and large car/coach park.