556 Route 169
Woodstock, Connecticut 06281
Roseland Cottage is open:
Saturdays and Sundays
Now through October 10
Tours on the hour:
11 AM – 3 PM, Advance tickets required.
Landscapes and grounds are open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.
Twilight Lawn Concert: Goza
Bring a blanket and picnic supper and join us as we continue the tradition begun by Henry Bowen himself: open-air concerts on the grounds of Roseland Cottage. No time to get a picnic together? No problem: food truck Latin Flavorwill be on hand while you enjoy Latin jazz band Goza‘s exciting music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil, and Spain.
Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day
Celebrate the seventeenth annual Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day at Roseland Cottage, chosen by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Public Garden. Hear from Roseland Cottage’s gardener about the history, significance, and theory behind the garden layout and design, and how Andrew Jackson Downing’s theories are reflected in that design.
Twilight Lawn Concert: Little Big Band:
Bring a blanket and picnic supper and join us as we continue the tradition begun by Henry Bowen himself: open-air concerts on the grounds of Roseland Cottage. No time to get a picnic together? No problem: food truck Unbound Glory will be on hand while the sound of the Little Big Band takes you back to the Swing Era.
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. While the house is instantly recognizable for its pink exterior, Roseland Cottage has an equally colorful interior, featuring elaborate wall coverings, heavily patterned carpets, and stained glass, much of which survives unchanged from the Victorian era. The house is a National Historic Landmark.
Woodstock native Henry Bowen returned to his hometown after establishing a successful business in New York City. He used Roseland Cottage as a place to entertain friends and political connections, including four U.S. presidents. The 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. It reflects the principles of Andrew Jackson Downing, a leading nineteenth-century tastemaker.
Link to the website: https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/roseland-cottage/