Roseland Cottage

Roseland Park

In 1876, because the July Fourth celebration had outgrown the Woodstock common and because Bowen believed in improving one’s town, he built Roseland Park, just two miles from the cottage. “The whole family drove down to the Lake to dedicate ‘Roseland Park.’ Father named the place Roseland Park (in memory of my mother whose favorite flower was the rose) and made a present of the Park to his children,” son Clarence wrote in his journal. Roseland Park is currently undergoing a revival: hosting community events, upgrading facilities, and providing outdoor recreational space for Woodstock residents. This illustration is from Leslie’s Illustrated, July 1877, which was the first year the July Fourth celebration was held at the park.