Author, photographer, naturalist, entrepreneur — Gene Stratton-Porter was a woman ahead of her time. Her Cabin at Wildflower Woods is nestled on the shores of Sylvan Lake amongst 148 acres of fields, woods and beautiful formal gardens.
Gene Stratton-Porter is Indiana’s most widely read female author, as well as a gifted nature photographer and entrepreneur. She began her career writing about nature for magazines. Soon she decided to reach larger audiences by sweetening her nature studies with a veneer of fiction. Porter's first novel was 1903’s The Song of the Cardinal, although Michael O’Halloran, 1915, was the first book she wrote in Rome City.
In her lifetime, 1863 to 1924, Porter authored 12 novels, seven nature studies, three poetry books, children’s books and numerous magazine articles. With an estimated 50 million readers, her works have been translated into several foreign languages as well as Braille. Eight of her novels were produced as motion pictures.
The Cabin at Wildflower Woods
Designed by Gene Stratton-Porter and completed in 1914, the cabin is nestled on the shores of Sylvan Lake, near Rome City, Ind. The exterior walls are of Wisconsin cedar logs, and local wild cherry panels the entrance hall and dining room. There are three extraordinary fireplaces: one of polished English brick, one constructed of Native American artifacts and stones collected from other states and one of puddingstone. The vast, undeveloped forest provided a rich source of material for her nature studies, writings and photography.
Furnishings in the home are arranged and maintained to reflect Porter’s lifestyle. Much of the furniture and personal collections, including Porter’s library, are preserved at the home.
As you visit the site, be sure to enjoy the loving touches Gene added to her little bit of paradise. Masterfully sculpted from Bedford limestone, great horned owls perch atop puddingstone pillars; a 35-bed formal garden accented with a 120-foot-long wisteria-covered arbor; Sower’s Woods’ beautifully maintained trail benches provide a quiet place to relax; and an artesian well and puddingstone walkway grace the shoreline of Sylvan Lake.
The gravesites of Gene Stratton-Porter and her daughter Jeannette are located on this 148-acre site.
The Song of the Cardinal, 1903
At the Foot of the Rainbow, 1907
A Girl of the Limberlost, 1909
The Harvester, 1911
Michael O’Halloran, 1915
A Daughter of the Land, 1918
The Keeper of the Bees, 1921
Her Father’s Daughter, 1921
The White Flag, 1923
The Magic Garden, 1927
What I Have Done with Birds, 1907
Birds of the Bible, 1909
Music of the Wild, 1910
After the Flood, 1911
Moths of the Limberlost, 1912
Birds of the Limberlost, 1914
Homing with the Birds, 1919
Tales You Won’t Believe, 1925
Poetry and Essays:
Morning Face, 1916
The Fire Bird, 1922
Jesus of the Emerald, 1923
Let Us Highly Resolve, 1927
Gene Stratton-Porter Home
Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is open:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and December through March, except by appointment.
The grounds are open dawn to dusk year-round.
Tours begin every hour on the hour with the last tour beginning promptly at 4 p.m.
Purchase admission tickets in the Carriage House Visitor Center.
|Children under 3||FREE|
Indiana State Museum members get FREE admission and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop!
*Child: ages 3 through 12
*Senior: age 60 and older
Group/School Tours: Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and for school groups. Call 260.854.3790 to schedule your group.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
Where to park
Visitors may park in the free Visitor’s Parking lot on Pleasant Point. Visitors with mobility disabilities may park in the lot nearest the Carriage House Visitor’s Center or call 260.854.3790 for a free ride in the Limberlost Trolley.
*Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site's Cabin at Wildflower Woods is not handicap accessible.
Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Visit the Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Society at the area's largest home show. This is a chance to get details about upcoming events, get great gift shop bargains and learn how to become a volunteer or Society member.
Our booth space at the show is generously provided by Fort Wayne Shows, Inc.
Michiana Home & Yard Show at the Michiana Event Center
Join the Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Society at the annual Michiana Home & Yard Show. Learn how to get involved as a Society member or volunteer to get details about this season's events.
Wildflower Walk & Brunch
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 ran or shine so please dress appropriately.
Gene Stratton-Porter Cabin Overnight
This is the chance for your special group to explore all "behind the scenes" areas of the Cabin. Guests may go anywhere they wish in the Cabin from the basement to the attic, for insights into one of Indiana's most famous authors.
Highlights include in-depth conversations with the site manager and rarely seen artifacts. You may sleep anywhere in the Cabin you'd like and one lucky guest will win the right to spend the night in Gene's bedroom!
Guests will enjoy snacks throughout the night as well as a wonderful catered breakfast in the morning.
EDUCATION EVENTS & STANDARDS
AT GENE STRATTON-PORTER S.H.S.
Gene Stratton-Porter, an accomplished Hoosier writer of novels and nature studies, was one of the foremost naturalists of her time. She also formed a production company that made eight of her own books into motion pictures. This site contains her original cabin from 1914, 148 acres of fields, woods and beautiful formal gardens with 35 beds along the shores of Sylvan Lake.
Academic topics covered:
- Natural History
- Early 20th Century Culture (1913 - 1925)
- Art, Science, Reading and Writing
Grades K – 12
GSP School Group Tours
A Tour of Gene’s Cabin:
Grounds and Garden Tour:
Grades K – 12
Design your Education Workshop
Educators may request a specialty program for an additional fee; program topics include natural