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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Roseland Cottage, Built 1846

Roseland Cottage
555 Route 169
Woodstock, Connecticut


Because this house was almost pink and quite pretty, I was anxious to see the summer cottage of Henry Chandler Bowen (1813-1896) and his wife, Lucy Maria Tappan.

In addition, I was anxious to see the garden and boxwood. Per the house's website"According to Henry Bowen’s detailed orders the garden comprised 600 yards of boxwood hedge which surrounded twenty-one beds of more than thirty-five varieties of perennials and thousands of annuals. Roseland Cottage’s formal parterre has been an important feature of the house and landscape ever since."


The Gothic style house was built in 1846 was quite dark in some rooms. The staircase was the first thing we saw.

Seating area.
A double parlor above. There is a sliding door to separate the two rooms. The front portion is shown below.

Photo of the Bowen's 10th child, deceased. Took this picture because of the wallpaper and fireplace.

Modern style stained glass was installed when the house was built.

The wall-covering was quite unusual to me, called Lincrusta-Walton. Below, our guide is holding a sample of what the "paper" originally looked like like compared to the silver tone now.

Dining Room with fancy fireplace.

Unusual item in the bathroom...an old safe! (If I hadn't asked what it was, it wouldn't have been shown.)
A few bedrooms.


The bowling alley is the oldest surviving indoor one in the United States. It was built when the house was, 1846.
From Wikipedia, I copied, "Starting in 1870, Bowen hosted large Fourth of July celebrations at Roseland Cottage. Four United States Presidents visited Bowen's summer home as his guests and speakers for these celebrations: Ulysses S. GrantBenjamin HarrisonRutherford B. Hayes, and William McKinley. Other prominent visitors included Henry Ward BeecherJulia Ward HoweOliver Wendell Holmes and John C. Fremont."


A tree shaped rhododendron tree. Many years ago, the gardeners trimmed and trained this bush to grow this way.





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