While Ross Bay Villa remains closed for visitors and volunteers as required by the November 23, 2020 Provincial Health Order, the planning for projects continues.
During the original excavation and restoration of the garden, mysterious tiles were uncovered. They are garden tiles, identified in an 1860s catalogue. You may have noticed them set into the ground around the border of some of the garden plots at the Villa.
When we are able to welcome our volunteers back to the Villa, we will be replicating the tiles. We will be making them from a high-fire clay, producing them with “sprig molds” – the method that was originally used for the Doulton tiles and also the same method that Josiah Wedgwood used for making the designs on his jasperware.
Garden tiles – one of many amazing projects being planned at 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.