I am excited to be opening Brookfair Gardens very soon at the Roseboro. Brookfair Gardens is a garden supply, gift shop and antique store. We are currently renovating the entire first floor of the Holland House (where the Beekman Merchantile 1802 used to be.) We are removing the walls to make it into one large store. Brookfair Gardens merchandise will also be available online very soon.
Hooray! We got our Certificate of Occupancy for the Roseboro Restaurant. Tomorrow, we meet with the New York Department of Health to do a kitchen inspection. The last hurdle is waiting for our liqueur license. Once we get that, we will be ready to open the restaurant. (more…)
It is almost time to begin creating our gardens at The Roseboro. We will soon start planting the gardens on the north side of The Roseboro where the green fountain is currently. We will be putting in a white scalloped fence around this entire area and plant amazing border gardens. Sturbridge arbors will be installed at each garden entrance. It will be a perfect spot for outdoor weddings!
THE ROSEBORO (by Sandra Manko)
I worked at the Roseboro for 3 summers during the 1950s.
It was very interesting if nothing else. We had a good time which is a good thing because we certainly didn’t get rich.
We worked an average of 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the 1st summer my paycheck was $8.50. That’s not $8.50 an hour – that’s $8.50 a week. I was a bus girl. The waitresses got paid a few dollars more. By 1957, I got paid $19.00/week – that was with 2 years prior experience. When Dawne Belloise & Dennis Giacomo were renovating the Roseboro, they found this little booklet from 1957 stuck somewhere in a wall and it showed our wages. Joyce Farro worked as a waitress and she got $19.00/week. Barbara Whitbeck got paid $18.00/week. (more…)
Mary Ann Larkin, President of the Sharon Springs Historical Society, recently shared what it was like working at the Roseboro as a young girl.
Here is her recollection:
“I worked at the Roseboro during the summer of 1961 as a bus girl. My pay check from the Wasserman’s was $13.25 a week. As a bus girl, I not only removed the dirty dishes from the tables, but I also served different items like beverages and special side orders of food and so on. (more…)