Roseland Cottage

Cellar Cistern

Henry Bowen’s rapidly growing multi-generational family and ever grander social events put increased demands on water resources. He dug additional wells on the property and leased water from homes on either side of Roseland Cottage, installing pipes to bring it to the house. To hold the water, he constructed a much larger second cistern in the cellar in the 1870s. It was built of brick and, like the first cistern, mortared with Portland cement.