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Members of Connecticut's Historic Gardens
See Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day activities offered here June 23, 2013
556 Route 169
Woodstock, CT 06281 | 860.928.4074
Open June 1–October 15
Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–4 pm, including Columbus Day.
Roseland Cottage depicts the summer life of a prosperous family in mid 19th-century America. Built in 1846 in the newly fashionable Gothic Revival style, the house provided a seasonal escape from a more formal city existence for Henry Chandler Bowen and his family. Bowen, a Woodstock native, made his fortune in New York and became an active abolitionist, Congregationalist, and Republican.
The entire complex, with a boxwood parterre garden, an icehouse, garden house and a carriage barn with a private bowling alley, reflects the principles of writer and designer Andrew Jackson Downing. In his widely popular books, Downing stressed practicality along with the picturesque, and offered detailed instructions on room function, sanitation, and landscaping.
Beautifully situated on the village green, Roseland Cottage has survived virtually unchanged, with its original Gothic furniture, embossed Lincrusta Walton wall coverings, and coral-pink exterior.
For hours, admission information and directions, visit www.historicnewengland.org.
Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day, June 23, 2013 | 1–4 pm
Celebrate with a guided tour of the formal boxwood parterre garden at Roseland Cottage. Learn the history, significance, and theory behind the garden layout and design. Visitors are also invited to test their skill at croquet. Representatives of the US Croquet Association will be on hand to assist with the traditional game played by the Bowen family during their summer sojourns in Woodstock. Enjoy the gardens and play the game that nearly destroyed the presidency of Roseland guest Rutherford B. Hayes! Free guided garden tours on the hour. Free house tours to those dressed in white.
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