Roseland Cottage

The Temperance Man and the General

When President U.S. Grant visited Roseland Cottage, he tried his hand at bowling and rolled a strike on his first attempt. Grant wanted to light up a celebratory cigar but was told by Bowen that he disapproved of smoking and didn’t allow it. Grant, according to Bowen’s son Herbert, slipped out to the garden and “smoked to his heart’s content.” Grant’s images in the bowling alley commemorate his visit and first (and successful) attempt at bowling.