Special birthday celebration

Woodstock - posted Aug, 21 2013

WOODSTOCK- HNE and Roseland Cottage are throwing a special birthday party--a 200th birthday party for Henry Chandler Bowen, Woodstock native son, and builder of Roseland Cottage. Mr. Bowen's story could be Horatio Alger's story. Born to a modest Woodstock family in 1813, he rose to prominence as a merchant, insurance innovator, and most notably as a publisher and editor of the Independent, the newspaper he founded in 1848. The celebration will begin in much the same way special occasions were observed by Bowen and the four U. S. presidents who spent the Fourth of July at Roseland Cottage — a tree will be planted on the Woodstock Common. Then it seems appropriate to lay a wreath on his grave at the Old Burial Grounds, after which everyone will cross the road to Roseland Cottage, and have a party! Music will be provided by the 102nd Army Band and tours of the estate will be offered, which will include parts of the property that are not routinely open to the public — from cellar to attic, from outbuildings to servants' quarters, main house to bowling alley (the oldest remaining in the United States. The day will end with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday,” followed by cake, ice cream, and, of course, pink lemonade. There is even a rumor (well-founded) that all who come will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Mr. Bowen himself. Several family members of Bowen’s will be present. The celebration on Sept. 8 will begin at 1 p.m. on Woodstock Common, and continue until 5 p.m. The day’s activities will be free, and there is ample parking available at Roseland Cottage.

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