WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US
Ross Bay Villa Society, which manages and operates the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum, is sustained by dozens of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers meet every Saturday at the Villa to work on the garden, do ongoing maintenance, work on restoration projects, and provide guided house tours. Last year, volunteers focused on the restoration of the Roscoe children’s bedroom, collectively contributing 100’s of hours to complete the project, including:
- 393 hours to create an authentic quilt
- 227 hours to silk screening the original pattern for the wallpaper
- 32 hours to create the patchwork throw
- 13 hours for furniture restoration
- 12 hours for the creation of floor matting
- 12 to restore the little horse, called a velocipede
- 26 hours for picture framing restoration
- 28 hours to make pillows
- 8 hours for window curtains
- 25 hours for room setup
- 72 hours for photo exhibits and programming
Volunteers work with experts to develop new skills and to enjoy the satisfaction of seeing their efforts on display. In addition to new skills, over many cups of tea, new friendships develop. Everyone can contribute to the Villa. Drop by on any Saturday at noon to meet the volunteers and see what you might find interesting. You can also send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Guided tours take place every Saturday at 2:00 pm.
100% of all funds raised are directed toward the ongoing preservation, conservation and maintenance of 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.