Roseland Cottage

The Servants' Hall

This space was part of the service wing of the house and was primarily the domain of the staff. The family’s relaxed summer lifestyle was made possible by the hard work of the servants. This area provided them a work space and a connection between the kitchen on the first floor and the second floor through Miss Constance’s room. The servants’ rooms all open into this space. Perhaps it served as a gathering place, as well. The space is finished very simply compared to the family and public areas of the house. The ceiling is lower and the paint scheme is simpler. Gothic Revival elements still persist–note the pointed arches on the doors, though simpler in design than in the main portion of the cottage.

Jane Stewart

Willcox and Gibbs

Jane Stewart was employed by the Bowens for fifty years, from shortly after she arrived from Ireland to her retirement. This photo was taken on the front steps of the cottage, with a family pet at Miss Stewart’s feet. We are not certain what her role was in the household, but on the last census report that she appears on, she is listed as a seamstress. Perhaps she used this 1871 Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine, now in the Servants’ Hall at Roseland Cottage.