A Family Favorite
This lantern hangs in the hall of Roseland Cottage, and is a reminder of the family’s attachment to Brooklyn. It commemorates the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. The Bowens, who watched the building of the bridge from their Brooklyn home, took part in the parade across the bridge on opening day along with thousands of others. The lamp was made to be fueled by gas, but Woodstock and Roseland Cottage never had access to gas, so it was adapted by the family, probably to oil, and then adapted again to electricity when that technology reached Woodstock Hill.