Why You Should Tour the Spectacular Roseland Cottage in Woodstock,
Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, Conn.
by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 11/09/16
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The "Quiet Corner" of Connecticut has been our special,
secret, nearby New England travel getaway for many years. The rolling
hills and fields, old farms, classic New England village greens,
antique stores, produce stands, gentle people and the historic,
so-quiet-you-could-hear-a-pin-drop downtown districts always brings us
to a place that you don't see too much of anymore in our strip mall,
gentrified world. There's clearly a lack of commercial and industrial
development to help keep this scenic region of Connecticut true to its
original form. Known as the "last green valley," this 1,000 square mile
area of Connecticut has been designated by Congress as a National
Heritage Corridor for its natural splendor.
So, it's no surprise that one of the main attractions in the Quiet
Corner is not an amusement park, water slide, or an oulet stores
shopping center but, instead, the Roseland Cottage in Woodstock. This
Gothic Revival home -- built in 1846 and painted in coral pink with
black trim -- was once a summer cottage to wealthy New York City
businessman Henry Bowen. He and his family spent time here as a
relaxing getaway as well as a place to entertain friends and
politicians, including former United States presidents Benjamin
Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant!
The Roseland Cottage might sound a little like one of the mansions in
Newport, R.I., but this grand home that is now a touring museum has its
own look and a rural setting that obviously differs greatly from the
coastal Newport scene.
Located across from the Woodstock village green, the Roseland Cottage
is a place that, I'm sure, many would dream of as being "home" with its
steep gables and stained glass, boxwood parterre garden, a bowling
alley, garden house, aviary, carriage barn, ice house, various
outbuildings and some beautiful landscaping.
The Roseland Cottage was added to the National Register of Historic
Places in 1977, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992. It
is indeed a beautifully maintained home worth visiting as part of your
travels to the Quiet Corner.
The Roseland Cottage is open from June 1-Oct. 15. For information on
admission and hours of operation, we suggest logging onto the Historic New England web site.
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