Ross Bay Villa Society participated in the University of Victoria Volunteer Fair on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Many new volunteers signed up to work on the restoration of the children’s room at the Villa, to restore the garden, and to work on the many projects underway at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum. We couldn’t do it without the stalwart volunteers who come to the Villa on Saturdays. Interested in joining a community dedicated to the preservation of the Ross Bay Villa, one of Victoria’s most historic homes?
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 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.