Roseland Cottage

Gentle Farming

Roseland Cottage, like many summer homes in the country, included a barn and other structures that supported country living. The Bowens raised fruits and vegetables and some farm animals, for their use in Woodstock and at their home in Brooklyn. The barn was the center of this activity. Originally it contained a carriage room and hayloft—just the space under the north gable. Lucy’s and Henry’s sons were expected to contribute their labor to the enterprise. Clarence and Herbert wrote about loading hay in the loft through the big five-sided door under the gable, shown here. Note the Gothic barge board, complete with stylized pointed arches.