Heritage Tour in the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum Garden
Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum
1490 Fairfield Rd, Victoria, BC V8S 1E8, Canada
Built in 1865, the Gothic Revival Ross Bay Villa was built for Victoria businessman Francis Roscoe and his wife, Anna Letitia Roscoe. Located far away from the bustling streets of the upstart gold rush town and a short distance from the beach at Ross Bay, the property offered a bucolic country idyll for the Roscoes’ and their growing family.
Tour the replicated heritage ornamental and vegetable gardens and learn about the Roscoe family, their myriad connections in Victoria and England and Francis Roscoe’s political career as a BC Confederation advocate and Federal member of Parliament. Your tour guide will describe the garden plantings, the architecture of the house and its significance, the geography of the area and will speak about local First Nations who utilized the local flora and fauna, as well as the adjacent waterways for transportation. The tour will also feature displays of archaeological items uncovered during restoration of the house and garden.
Each tour is limited to a maximum of 6 persons due to current Covid-19 restrictions. For the same reason the interior of the house will not be included in tours at this time. The Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum follows recommendations and requirements of the Provincial Health Officer.
A modified exterior configuration of the Ross Bay Villa gift shop will be open.