Gene Stratton-Porter

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.

Visit Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site


1205 Pleasant Point
Rome City, IN 46784

Phone: 260.854.3790


April 1 through Nov. 30: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Dec. 1 through March 31: Historic buildings closed to the public, grounds remain open. 

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is closed Mondays, but is open on Monday holidays, including Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. It is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 


Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members receive FREE admission and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop.

Purchase admission tickets in the Carriage House Visitor Center. Tours begin every hour on the hour with the last tour beginning promptly at 4 p.m.

ADULT - $7
SENIOR* - $6
CHILD* - $4
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Child: Ages 3 through 17

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 or call 260.854.3790 for a free ride in the Limberlost Trolley. 

Group Discount
Receive $1 off of regular admission with a group of 15 or more.

School Groups

Interested in scheduling a group/school tour? Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and for school groups. Call 260.854.3790 to schedule your visit. 

Academic topics covered include natural history, environmentalism, early 20th century culture (1913-1925), and art, science, reading and writing.

School Group Tours

  • A Tour of Gene’s Cabin - Learn how this author and naturalist infused her personality into her home during its construction. Grades K-12.
  • Grounds and Garden Tour - See many of the region's beautiful wildflowers that Stratton-Porter transplanted to her garden. Grades K-12.
  • Guided Hike Through Sower's Woods - Explore Indiana's natural heritage and see what plants and flowers are currently in bloom. Grades K-12.
  • Special Art, Nature and Literature Program - Gene Stratton-Porter wrote, drew and photographed her natural surroundings. Create a similar experience for your students. Grades K-12.

    Educators may request a specialty program for an additional fee; program topics include natural history and environmentalism. 


Gene Stratton-Porter’s Birthday Open House
Aug. 17, 2018; 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with an open house! Visit Gene’s cabin at Wildflower Woods and enjoy a special celebration in honor of her birthday. Visitors will enjoy the cabin, birthday cake in the Carriage House and the beautiful gardens and grounds. This event is free.

Star Gazing & Night Hike
Aug. 18, 2018; 9 p.m.
The site’s naturalist will lead visitors 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 then give attendees the opportunity to learn how to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope, courtesy of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Visitors are invited to bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars. Tickets are $4 per person.

Exploring Sylvan’s Shores
Aug. 25, 2018; 6 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring their kayaks and canoes and join site staff on a relaxing paddle around the shores of Sylvan Lake. Explore the same areas that Gene did on some of her earlier visits to Rome City, and enjoy a brief exploration of Boy Scout Island. 

Check out our calendar for additional upcoming events.

Facility Rentals

Consider hosting your special event at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Please fill out our inquiry form to receive information.

About Gene Stratton-Porter

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
Freckles, 1904
At the Foot of the Rainbow, 1907
A Girl of the Limberlost, 1909
The Harvester, 1911
Laddie, 1913
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

Nature Studies:
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
Wings, 1923
Tales You Won’t Believe, 1925

Poetry and Essays:
Morning Face, 1916
The Fire Bird, 1922
Euphorbia, 1923
Jesus of the Emerald, 1923
Let Us Highly Resolve, 1927

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.