A National Historic Landmark
Built in 1846 in the newly fashionable Gothic Revival style, Roseland Cottage was the summer home of Henry and Lucy Bowen and their young family. Prominently situated across from the town common, Roseland Cottage epitomizes Gothic Revival architecture, with its steep gables, decorative bargeboards, and ornamented chimney pots. The interior of Roseland Cottage is equally colorful, and features elaborate wall coverings, heavily patterned carpets, and stained glass, much of which survives unchanged from the Victorian era.
Henry Bowen was a Woodstock native who returned to his hometown after establishing a successful business in New York City. While Lucy Bowen enjoyed summers away from the city, her husband used Roseland Cottage as a place to entertain friends and political connections, including four United States presidents.
Roseland Cottage's picturesque landscape includes original boxwood-edged parterre gardens planted in the 1850s. The estate includes an icehouse, aviary, carriage barn, and the nation’s oldest surviving indoor bowling alley. The entire complex of house, furnishings, outbuildings, and landscape reflects the principles of Andrew Jackson Downing, a leading nineteenth-century tastemaker.
Visit Roseland Cottage
Wednesday – Sunday, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
Closed July 4
Closed Columbus Day
Free for Historic New England members and Woodstock residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
556 Route 169
P.O. Box 186
Woodstock, Conn. 06281
Directions detail: From I-395, take Exit 97. Turn onto Route 44 west; follow for one mile. Go west on Route 171 for three miles. Route 171 will merge with Route 169 north. Take Route 169 north for one and a half miles. Roseland Cottage is on the left.
From I-84, take Exit 73. Turn onto Route 190 east. Turn right onto Route 171 east; follow for two miles. Turn left onto Route 197 east; follow for eight miles. Turn right onto Route 169 south. Travel three miles south. Roseland Cottage is on the right.
Parking: There is ample parking on the grounds of Roseland Cottage. Follow signs to parking area behind barn.
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More about Roseland Cottage
Collections on Display
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Everyone's History Project: Modern History of Dairy Farming
Exhibition: The Camera's Coast
School and Youth Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
Bowen Family Papers