MIFFLIN WISTAR GIBBS and THE BLACK PIONEERS
Did you know that Victoria has a rich history of Black pioneers who came at the 1858 invitation from Governor Douglas to populate the Island in the face of the threat of American annexation.
February is Black History Month. Join us at 7:30 on Thursday, February 20th when Ron Nicholson of the BC Black History Awareness Society will speak about early merchant, community leader and politician, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs and other pioneer members of Victoria’s Black Community.
Tickets for this illustrated lecture are $10. Advance tickets are required and are only available through https://tinyurl.com/rmrcs9h or at Ross Bay Villa from 11:00 to 2:00 on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
All funds raised are used for the preservation 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.