Filed Under Virginia City

J.S. Rockfellow House

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

The “finest house in Montana Territory” was completed in time for the wedding reception of prominent Virginia City grocer J. S. Rockfellow and his bride on January 29, 1867. Guests were transported by wagon to the “mansion on the hill” in a steady stream of “mud, snow, silks, beauty and humanity.” A rare example of luxury in an isolated area, this home had the first running water in Montana Territory. Rockfellow died in 1868, and later owners included shoe dealer W. P. Armstrong, attorney Theophilus Muffly, and the Morris family. Charles and Sue Bovey painstakingly restored the home in 1946 as their Virginia City residence.


J. S. Rockfellow House, Virginia City
J. S. Rockfellow House, Virginia City View of house facade Source: Courtesy of Montana Heritage Commission Creator: Kate Steeley, Montana Heritage Commission Date: Oct 2019


511 East Cover Street, Virginia City, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “J.S. Rockfellow House,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024,