Date(s) & Time(s)::
April 30, 2016
May 21, 2016
June 18, 2016
Weekly on Thursday from July 7, 2016 until September 1, 2016
July 9, 2016
August 5, 2016
August 6, 2016
September 10, 2016
September 24, 2016
Daily from October 14, 2016 until October 15, 2016
December 4, 2016
Monthly, every third Thursday, from June 16, 2016 until August 18, 2016
Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located five minutes east of Rome City at 1205 Pleasant Point
Wildflower Walk & Brunch
April 30; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; $20 per person; reservations required by April 23
Enjoy a hearty brunch at the Carriage House and take a 30-45 minute interpretive walking tour through Gene’s woods and part of her formal or “Tame” gardens. See why she named her property “Wildflower Woods” and learn many of the old-fashioned common names for wildflowers used in her time. This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately.
Spring Tea **NEW EVENT**
May 21; noon – 4 p.m.; $25 per person; reservations required by May 13
Experience the elegance of days gone by at our Spring Tea. Enjoy lovingly-baked delicacies such as savory snacks and sweets, a variety of teas and a guest speaker. Before tea time, take a guided tour of Gene’s Cabin and formal gardens. If you choose to wear your “tea-time best” make sure your attire includes appropriate walking shoes.
“Morning Face” Toddler Series
June 16, July 21, August 18; 10 a.m.; $2 per child
Gene Stratton-Porter wrote “Morning Face”, a book of children’s poems for her beloved granddaughter nicknamed Morning Face. At these events, toddlers will learn one of Gene’s sing-songs (poems) then explore the grounds with a hike and a craft activity.
An Evening in the Gardens (formally Moonlit Gardens) **EXPANDED EVENT**
June 18; 8 p.m.; $35 per person; reservations required by June 11; guests must be age 21 and older
We’re expanding this event to celebrate the Bicentennial with Indiana wines AND beers! Enjoy an elegant evening under the moonlight at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. A perfect date night or girls’ night out, you’ll enjoy both local beers and wines expertly paired with delicious appetizers and special chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. This fundraiser benefits the maintenance and restoration of Gene’s gardens and grounds.
Indiana Master Naturalist Course
Thursdays; July 7 – Sept. 1; 6 – 9 p.m.; $80 per person for class, field guides, test and certification; reservations required by June 21; space is limited
Learn about Indiana’s natural history with this nine week course in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue Extension and Soil & Water Conservation. Students will hear from experts on eight different topics such as trees, birds, ecology and wildflowers. For more information on the Indiana Master Naturalist program, visit www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm or call the Site.
Star Gazing & Night Hike
July 9; 9 – 10:30 p.m.; $4 per person; guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
The Site’s naturalist will lead guests through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will be available to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope thanks to Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars!
Aug. 5; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; free
Find a new treasure or perfect gift at the Memorial Society’s fundraiser to support educational programming and restoration projects at the Site. Contact us about renting space or donating items. This event is part of the Rome City town-wide garage sale weekend.
Aug. 6; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 per person
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with Chautauqua Day! Festival activities include tasty food made with herbs from Gene’s garden, birthday cake, live music and other entertainment. Guests can also watch artisans at work, get an up-close look at classic automobiles and browse hand-crafted items from local vendors. Families will find crafts and games as well. An afternoon filled with family fun, learning and more.
Wild Game Cookout*
Sept. 10; 6 p.m.; $5 per person suggested donation
Here’s your chance to sample wild game while learning more about local conservation efforts. Goose, deer, dove, alligator, antelope, bluegill, rabbit, crickets and squirrel have been on past menus! Conservation organizations and officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Stop by early in the event for the best selection of wild game.
*All wild game used for the program has been donated by local hunters.
Bicentennial Tea - Buy Tickets
Sept. 24; noon – 4 p.m.; $25 per person; reservations required by Sept. 18
Come join us as we celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday! Learn about some of the traditions, food and what was happening in Indiana 200 years ago. Guests will enjoy a guided tour of Gene’s Cabin. If you choose to wear your “tea-time best” make sure your attire includes appropriate walking shoes. Festive hats are part of our tradition!
Oct. 14 & 15; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; $4 per person
This annual event is suitable for all ages and is more about the fun of Halloween – treats not tricks! At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way! This is a rain or shine event.
“A Dream of Beauty” Holiday Walk
Dec. 4; 1 – 6 p.m.; $5 per person
See the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site when it’s all decked out for the holidays. Gene’s Cabin will be open and decorated according to her description of the Christmas of 1917, which she called “A Dream of Beauty.” Guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts, and horse-drawn wagon rides around the property. Santa will arrive in a very special way and will visit with children and families so bring your list!
Unless otherwise noted, event tickets do not include a Cabin tour. Normal tour prices apply.
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