Roseland Cottage

Henry Chandler Bowen

Henry Chandler Bowen was born in rural Woodstock, Connecticut in 1813. He moved to New York City when he was twenty to work for Lewis and Arthur Tappan. Bowen married Lewis Tappan’s daughter, Lucy Maria, in 1844 after he achieved success as a silk merchant. Their first child was born in 1845, the same year they began construction of Roseland Cottage in Woodstock. Lucy and Henry had ten children before Lucy’s death in 1863. Two and a half years later, he married Ellen Holt and their son was born in 1868. Bowen, a founder of The Independent, an abolitionist and reformer, and an entrepreneur, died in 1896.