Entering the grounds of the illustrious Rosemount Museum is like taking a step back in time to the Victorian era. The former home of John A. and Margaret Thatcher and family was built in 1893 and contains 37 rooms and encompasses approximately 24,000 square feet. John and Margaret Thatcher worked together in planning Rosemount. Margaret selected the furnishings including the many hand-woven Persian and Oriental rugs still displayed throughout the manor. The 3 story mansion was under construction for nearly two years. The construction cost exceeded $60,000.00, an astronomical price for that period in time. The pink volcanic stone used in the construction was excavated from a quarry in Castle Rock, Colorado. Most of the fixtures and furniture including the beautiful painting and artwork are original to the residence. The striking woodwork of cherry, maple, mahogany and oak was painstakingly detailed reflecting the craftsmanship of the Victorian era. A large Tiffany chandelier adorns the ceiling of the home's entrance room. The mansion continued to be a family home for nearly 75 years.
The Carriage House At Rosemount is an upscale dining cafy constructed in 1981. This trendy enterprise was called Lindy's during the first fifteen years in service. Originally a working carriage house containing stables, harness room, hay loft and an apartment to house the resident carriage house attendant, modern bathroom facilities are now located where the harness room was once positioned. After the completion of a major overhaul the popular cafy reopened under its present name, The Carriage House At Rosemount. Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations for dinner are strongly recommended.
There is a wonderful gift shop that offers an excellent selection of decorative items. The Christmas season is a particularly popular and active period with many unique items available for purchase.
The Rosemount Museum is closed for the entire month of January every year. During the closure the entire structure is given an extensive cleaning both inside and outside. Rosemount reopens on February 1st every year.
During the year Rosemount hosts various theme events at the Carriage House Restaurant that include a tour of the mansion and grounds. In February a Valentine Couple Tour includes a romantic dinner. The annual Easter Egg Hunt is popular with the little ones in March. The Mother's Day Brunch in May is considered by many to be the highlight of the year. Outdoor weddings are especially popular from June through September. Also in September the Museum hosts an annual antique and craft sale. Children and adults alike will enjoy the Halloween Story Telling event that takes place every October. Last, but certainly least is Christmas at Rosemount. Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Rosemount is decorated inside and out. Extravagant decorations are displayed throughout the manor.
What would a huge Victorian era mansion be without a ghost or two roaming the halls? Some still believe there are unknown entities still residing in Rosemount. Volunteers and visitors alike have reportedly heard footsteps in the hallways when no one alive is in that particular portion of the mansion. Are the sounds real, or is the huge mansion still settling on its foundations after all of these years