(March 16, 2020) At direction of the governor and following recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), all 12 locations of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will be temporarily closed beginning March 17 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, to protect the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and visitors.
Author, photographer, naturalist and 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.
The gravesites of Gene Stratton-Porter and her daughter Jeannette are located on the site.
Activities to enjoy:
1205 Pleasant Point
Rome City, IN 46784
From E 850 N, turn onto Pleasant Point. Follow the road for about a half mile, then the site will be on your right. Visitors may park in the free Visitor Parking Lot on Pleasant Point. ADA compliant parking is available in the lot nearest the Carriage House Visitor Center.
April 1 through Dec. 1: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and April 12 (Easter).
Dec. 2 through April 1: Historic buildings closed to the public, grounds remain open dawn until dusk, Tuesday through Sunday.
Open with FREE admission April 4 for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day with valid Museum Day ticket, available at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
If you plan on visiting the site during the months school is in session, Tuesday through Friday, please call ahead. Due to a number of school groups visits, guided tours may be limited. Please call ahead to find out if your visit may be impacted.
Guided tours last 45 minutes and include a tour of the first floor of the Cabin at Wildflower Woods and interpretation of Gene's life and legacy from 1913 to present day.
Purchase tickets in person at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Tours begin every hour on the hour with the last tour beginning promptly at 4 p.m.
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Youth: Ages 3 through 17
For groups of 15 or more, adult tickets are $7, senior tickets are $6, and youth tickets are $4. Group tickets must be purchased in person.
Special discounts are available for educators and education groups, military, Access Pass holders and more. View all discounts >>
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Field trip admission is free for pre-scheduled, accredited schools and homeschool groups of 10 or more Indiana K-12 students. Call 260.854.3790 to schedule your visit.
Academic topics covered include natural history, environmental science, early 20th-century culture (1913-1925),
multidisciplinary focus through art, science, reading and writing.
Learn more about field trip and school program offerings in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites PreK-12 Education Program Guide. View guide >>
Nature-lovers can become naturalists and learn about birds, insects and flowers during our Gene Stratton-Porter Summer Camps.
In accordance with Governor Holcomb's plan for Back on Track Indiana, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is currently scheduled to reopen at 100 percent capacity on July 7. The governor has reiterated that this plan is subject to change. Due to the timing of the opening dates, we are canceling our summer camps scheduled to take place through July 4 across the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system.
In response, we have moved summer camps at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site from June to July, and those camps are currently still scheduled to take place. We will email camp families with the status of each camp two to four weeks prior to the camp start date. CDC guidelines for camps will be made available mid-May, and we will better understand the requirements at that time. Should that information have an impact on camps scheduled beyond July 6, we will adjust accordingly and keep you informed. Please know that the safety of our campers, camp families and staff is our top priority at all times.
For any open camps, we will follow stringent cleaning and health protocols recommended by the CDC. Click here for details.
We appreciate your patience as we work through this complicated time for all us. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may cause. We anticipate offering camps once we have reviewed the guidelines from the CDC and feel we can keep our campers, camp families and staff safe. If you have questions, please call Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Visitor Services at 317-232-1637
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop off starts at 8:30 a.m. and pickup by 4:30 p.m.
For youth ages 9-12 years old
Learn and explore where Gene Stratton-Porter did! Naturalists will learn about birds, flowers, insects and more at this naturalist day camp! Campers will come away with more knowledge of the natural world around them and the tools they need to continue to explore.
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Drop off starts at 9:00 a.m. and pickup by 2:00 p.m.
For youth entering grades K-2 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Learn and explore where Gene Stratton-Porter did! Campers will get a chance to go “off the beaten path” and spend time exploring and learning about the natural world around them. Based on the Kinderforest movement, this camp will encourage campers to step outside their comfort zone and get their feet dirty! Sit spots, journaling and observation techniques will all be a part of the camp.
We hope to see you at our upcoming events. Visit our calendar for a list of events happening at all 12 Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites locations.
Consider hosting your special event at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Please fill out our inquiry form to receive information.
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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, but soon 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 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
THE CABIN AT WILDFLOWER WOODS
Designed by Gene Stratton-Porter and completed in 1914, the cabin is nestled on the shores of Sylvan Lake. 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. 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.
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