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On Sunday, September 8, Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage hosted a celebration of the 200th birthday of Henry Bowen, the business leader and newspaper publisher who built the property as a summer home for his family.
Eleven descendants joined other celebrants who gathered to plant an American Elm tree on the Woodstock Common, just across from Roseland Cottage. Connecticut State Representative Mike Alberts presented a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly to Historic New England’s Regional Site Manager Daniel Santos in recognition of Bowen’s legacy.
More than 250 people attended the celebration which, in addition to the tree planting, included tours of the house, a display of vintage cars and a 1925 Stutz fire truck, music by the 102nd Army Band, and of course, birthday cake, ice cream, and pink lemonade.