VICTORIAN VICTORIA – The Town the Roscoes Knew

Where did Francis Roscoe tie up his horse when he rode into town? Where did he lunch? Was it convenient that  architects Wright & Sanders, probable architects of Ross Bay Villa, had their office on Yates Street close to the Fellowes and Roscoe hardware store?  Did Francis drop off the family’s washing at the Chinese laundry up the street from the hardware store? Where did his Volunteer Rifles meet? Where was the bank where he served on the Board? Did the family patronize Fell’s Grocery, or Nicholson’s? 

Of course, local author Nick Russell might not know all the answers but, by using archival images and our own imaginations, he will take us time-travelling through Old Town and to 1860s and 1870s buildings from the Roscoe era that still survive today.

Thursday November 21, 2019.  Illustrated lecture 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.  You can get your ticket online at or you can purchase tickets at Ross Bay Villa on Saturday between 11:00 and 2:00.

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 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 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.