BC Heritage Infrastructure Grant for RBV Approved

Ross Bay Villa Society is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Infrastructure Grant for the cost of installing an irrigation system for the recreation of our 1860s era domestic Heritage ornamental and kitchen garden at the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum. Our thanks and appreciation to the Government of British Columbia and the BC Heritage Branch for approving our grant application. This grant is one of 68 grant applications approved throughout BC as part of the Province’s recognition of the importance and potential of our heritage infrastructure.  Our garden will flourish with the irrigation system designed specifically for the Ross Bay Villa garden. Ross Bay Villa Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and is administered by Heritage BC.

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______________________________________________________________________________ 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, dining room, and a children’s rooms 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 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.