The Upstairs BathA Roseland Original
This little room was not a bath when Roseland Cottage was constructed—plumbing like this didn’t exist. People were using privies and chamber pots. Nor would most people have a window on an interior bathroom wall. The window lets light into the second-floor hall. This may have been Henry Bowen’s office initially. It is connected to the room we believe was his bedroom, which connects to Lucy’s room through the sitting room.
That substantial looking washstand is actually a safe in disguise, and is further evidence that this room was originally Henry Bowen’s office. But when indoor plumbing arrived, probably by the late nineteenth century, this was a perfect place for a bathroom. It may have been easier to turn the safe into a washstand than it was to move it. Notice the old Listerine bottle on the Eastlake-style shelf. The other bottle contains water from the River Jordan. And on the marble top is a pitcher with poet Henry Longfellow’s likeness. Visitors who can provide evidence of a similarly-converted safe receive a free membership to Historic New England.