Prior to becoming the innkeeper at the Ellwanger Estate Rosemary has worn many hats. She has been an educator, a nurse and midwife. In addition she has had a long an distinguished career in the United States Air Force Reserve. Highlights of her military career include being a member of the Joint Forces Command and a senior flight nurse instructor. Rosemary retired with the rank of Colonel.
Today, in addition to overseeing every detail in making the Ellwanger Estate a premier Bed and Breakfast destination, she continues her work as a nurse midwife and holds a masters’ degree in nursing.
In 2006 Rosemary purchased the horribly dilapidated Ellwanger mansion, adjacent to the “Ellwanger Gardens”, both with great historical significance. Rosemary; “I stumbled upon this diamond in the rough and found that I needed it as much as it needed me, it was love at first sight”.
Rosemary has spent several years lovingly restoring the Ellwanger Estate to bring it back to its original glory. Today the Ellwanger mansion is once again a jewel of Rochester hosting guests, weddings, meetings, music recitals and artists workshops.
The altruism of George Ellwanger, a visionary and preservationist and Patrick Barry have added to the rich character and history of Rochester. Rosemary strives to carry on this mission at the Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast.