Victoria Foundation hosts Open House – Ross Bay Villa

Vic Foundation GreetingSaturday, September 17 at the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum

More than 250 people came through the gate at the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum on Sunday, September 17 to satisfy their curiosity about what goes on beyond the picket fence at 1490 Fairfield Road. Visitors enjoyed a tour, met with hosts in period attire, paused for a cup of tea, and learned about the newest volunteer project – the restoration of the children’s bedroom.  The rain paused, and the sun shone. Another successful day at Ross Bay Villa.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, drop by the Villa on Saturday mornings where you will find volunteers engaged in a variety of projects.  If you would like information about the Villa, how to volunteer, programs offered, or any other query, email info@rossbayvilla.org or leave a message at 250 598-1803.

 


Welcome to Ross Bay Villa!

Ross Bay Villa FINAL FINAL Fundraising Brochure PHOTOSHOPPEDRoss Bay Villa was the home of Francis James Roscoe and his wife Anna Letitia from 1865 to 1879.
While living there, they had five children: Mary, Katherine, Francis, Millicent and Thomas.

Roscoe was a Member of Parliament for Victoria from 1874 to 1878.  Prior to becoming an M.P., he was a staunch supporter of British Columbia joining Confederation in 1871.

After his election, he fought for British Columbia and worked at making sure that the terms of Confederation were maintained – specifically the promised joining of British Columbia with the rest of the country with a continental railway – the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Ross Bay Villa has been preserved and restored to the way it would have looked when the Roscoe family were in residence. The Entry Hall; Drawing Room; and Dining Room have all been restored to the 1865-1879 appearance.

One of the three bedrooms is currently an office for  the Old Cemeteries Society, which leads Sunday tours of the historic Ross Bay Cemetery, directly across the street from Ross Bay Villa. Their rental income helps to preserve the house and garden.

Ross Bay Villa – and the volunteer society that has been working to preserve and restore this rare 1865 house since 1999 – welcomes visitors.

Please see our ‘Visit’ section for email contact information.

Please see our ‘Calendar’ section for tours and events at Ross Bay Villa!

We will have lectures, workshops and other events scheduled throughout the year. Please check our calendar and website for updates and details.