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 enthusiastic proponent of British Columbia joining Confederation in 1871.
After his election, he advocated for British Columbia and worked to ensure that the terms of Confederation were upheld – specifically the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway linking British Columbia to the rest of the country.
Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum has been preserved and restored to the period when the Roscoe family were in residence. The Entry Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room and Children’s 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.
Hundreds of volunteers have been working to preserve and restore this rare 1865 house since 1999. The Ross Bay Villa Society welcomes visitors for guided tours every Saturday at 2:00.