Rosemary was not born in the house that is now the Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast. Although a few call her Helen (Ellwanger, granddaughter to George, and preservationist). During the day, The Ellwanger (and Barry Botanical and Pomological Gardens” aka Mt. Hope Nursery) was a little piece of Heaven. It still is. “I stumble upon this diamond in the ruff and found that I needed it as much as it needed me”.
Before entering into the hospitality industry, Rosemary was an educator, a nurse, and a midwife- both civilian and military, taking caring care of families in all forms. She’s is now an innkeeper for the last 7 years ...and l loves it! And she still manages to catch babies at the local hospital.
Rosemary is a retired USAFR Colonel with a 30-year military nursing service. She has served as a conference planner for general officers with a focus on protocol. Her duties included event planning and management, strategic military planning; lodging; menu selection; provision of entertainment; transportation; and, security. She also has military experience as a senior flight nurse, instructor and a medical planner.
Highlights of her career include being a member of the Joint Forces Command, a senior flight nurse instructor, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Nursing. Her culinary training was under Chef Carmelita Caruana in Italy.
The altruism of George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry changed the face of Rochester. Rosemary strives to carry on this mission within the Ellwanger Estate B&B.
The rescue kitty who rescues us all the time. She is a huntress-constantly on the job and rarely complains.
In February 2011, she walk through the mounds of pristine white snow, arriving at the Ellwanger Estate. She lived off the land and became a squatter with rights, though aloof to most humans. It was reported that she was abandon the prior year. She has managed to wiggle her way into our hearts, our lives, and sometimes onto the veranda. As an outdoor cat you may glimpse her standing guard; looking more like a gargoyle.