Built in 1877 for Captain Calvin Baker, the house and surrounding property have had many uses. Around 1910, Dennis’s first doctor, Ernest S. Osborne moved there with his wife, Mattie Bell, and their children and part of the downstairs was then used as the doctor’s offices. Long time Dennis residents remember visiting the doctor there. They may also remember his koi pond which was next to the current parking area!
Located on the property after Dr. Osborne’s time was a clothing store and a penny candy store, first operated by Ruth and Howard Sherman – Ruth was a daughter of the doctor and Mattie.
The property changed hands a few times before being purchased in 1989 by Kathy Roche. Kathy chose the lovely pink color that gives the property it’s ‘Rose’ Victorian look. For many Cape visitors, a trip to ‘Kathy’s shop’ was a must-do on each Cape visit. In 2013, Kathy bequeathed the property to the Dennis Historical Society.
These unique shops are now a volunteer run property of the Dennis Historical Society, Inc. (A Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation)
The Society hopes to complete Kathy’s mission to restore the house to its 1877 Victorian showplace.
Proceeds from all sales support the restoration and maintenance of The Rose Victorian house, outlying buildings, and beautiful grounds.
Link to Dennis Historical Society