Group Tours at Roseland Cottage (1846)

Experience Victorian exuberance

A National Historic Landmark

When Henry and Lucy Bowen built Roseland Cottage, a summer home for their growing family, the bold Gothic Revival style they chose contrasted sharply with the other houses on Woodstock’s town green. Bowen was a self-made man and, like many New Englanders of his times, an advocate of moral causes such as temperance and ending slavery.

While at Roseland Cottage, he entertained nationally recognized figures, including four United States presidents. The house features the original Gothic Revival furnishings and elaborate decorative schemes, all carefully preserved by Bowen’s children and grandchildren. The complex, including a parterre garden, ice house, aviary, carriage barn, and the nation’s oldest surviving bowling alley, demonstrates the mid-nineteenth century design aesthetic popularized by Andrew Jackson Downing.

556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut

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Specialty Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit.
  • Guided Landscape Tour: After touring the house join our gardener for a tour of the landscape.
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Add the attic, cellar, kitchen, and peek into the servant’s area, not on view during the guided house tour.

  • Tea: Enjoy tea in our carriage room before or after your tour.
  • Abolitionist Society Meeting: Begin your tour with a re-creation of an Abolitionist Society meeting, followed by a house tour highlighting Mr. Bowen’s commitment to the anti-slavery movement.

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