CHRISTMAS IN OLD VICTORIA
Thursday, December 5th – Christmas in Old Victoria
John Adams is a historian, folklorist, historical walking tour guide, author and engaging storyteller. In his 2003 book, Christmas in Old Victoria, Mr. Adams recounts such tales as the Legend of Christmas Hill, follows the young Emily Carr as she wanders along a festively illuminated 1880s Government Street and describes the infamous Fenian assassination of the wrong man on Christmas Eve 1890. Drawing on research for his book and his Christmas themed historic walking tours, John Adams will present seasonal stories from 19th century Victoria in this illustrated lecture.
Lecture begins at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and are required in advance. You can purchase your ticket online at SOLD OUT
All funds raised go to the conservation, restoration and maintenance of the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum.
Welcome to Ross Bay Villa!
Ross 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 a prominent merchant in Victoria, was a Member of Parliament for Victoria from 1874 to 1878. Prior to becoming an MP, 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 by a continental railway – the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum 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. A children’s room is currently under restoration.
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 Ross Bay Villa Society that has been working to preserve and restore this rare 1865 house since 1999 – welcomes visitors. Join us for a guided tour every Saturday at 2:00.