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
Hours of Operation:
- June 1 to October 15, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- All group tours must be scheduled by appointment. In addition to open days, group tours may be scheduled at times the museum is closed to the public.
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.
- Up to 15 visitors can tour the house with each guide; generally we can accommodate up to 45 visitors in the house in one hour. Accommodations can be made for larger groups.
- Please note that the tour requires a considerable amount of standing and climbing stairs. If members of your group need special assistance, please let the museum know in advance.
- Guided House Tour: $9 per person for groups of 10 or more visitors. Additional rates apply for all other tours. Prices subject to change.
- Receptive tour operator rates available upon request.
- Tour leader and bus driver are welcome to a complimentary tour with the group.
- A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum number is due upon booking. The outstanding balance must be paid when the group arrives on-site for the tour.
- Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.
- A wide variety of restaurants, shops, historic sites, museums, and attractions near Roseland Cottage include: Inn at Woodstock Hill, Mansion at Bald Hill, Taylor Brook Winery, Sweet Evalina’s, Prudence Crandall Museum, and an antiques mall and shops in Putnam.
- Make Roseland Cottage a stop during a drive on Route 169, a National Scenic Byway.
- Join us at our annual Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England. This two-day show takes place the third weekend in October. Please note, first-floor tours are included with the $5 event admission price, regular group tour offerings not available.
- Two restrooms are located in the Visitor Center.
- Museum shop offering an assortment of books and gifts
- 3.5 acres of historic gardens and open land
- Plenty of parking on-site for cars. Buses can park across the street on the town common.
- Food and drink are prohibited in the museum.
- Touching, leaning, or sitting on the objects is prohibited.
- Cell phones should be silenced prior to your tour.
- Your group will stay with the tour guide for the entire tour.
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