A Woman Ahead of Her Time
Gene Stratton-Porter’s Cabin at Wildflower Woods is nestled on the shores of Sylvan Lake amongst 148 acres of fields, woods and beautiful formal gardens. 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. Stratton-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.
Designed by Gene Stratton-Porter and completed in 1914, the cabin is nestled on the shores of Sylvan Lake. 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 Stratton-Porter’s lifestyle. Much of the furniture and personal collections, including her library, are preserved at the home.
Watch Rare Video Footage of Gene Stratton-Porter
A multi-talented woman, Gene Stratton-Porter was not only a best-selling author and conservationist, she was heavily involved in the film industry. In spite of many years in Hollywood, there has been no film footage of Gene herself…until now. This unearthed video of Gene working on her property in Catalina Island in Avalon, California gives us a new glimpse at one of the most influential women in Hoosier history.
Stop and smell the wildflowers
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.
Explore your Naturalist Side
Explore the Carriage House Visitor Center to learn about moths, wildflowers, woodpeckers, carnivorous plants and other nature topics. Pull the drawers out from a large cabinet to see different types of rocks and wildlife found throughout Indiana.
Relax in 148 acres of loveliness
Discover 148 acres of gardens, woods, lake shore and newly restored wetlands and prairies. The site also has over three miles of grass and mulched trails in the woods and along the fields as well as a paved trail on the west portion of the site behind the historic Sower farmhouse and barn.
Discover Gene's source of literary inspiration
In her lifetime, 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.
Programs & Events
Oct 1, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmGene Stratton-Porter
Underground Railroad Night Hike
Oct 16, 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmGene Stratton-Porter
Nov 6, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmGene Stratton-Porter
Underground Railroad Night Hike
Dec 10, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmGene Stratton-Porter
Underground Railroad Night Hike
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Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site relies on the generosity of individuals like you—passionate people who share our belief in the power of informal lifelong learning. Interested in supporting Gene Stratton-Porter’s legacy? Make a restricted gift today online, via mail or by phone at 317.619.3352.Donate today
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Plan Your Trip
April 1 through Dec. 5: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed *Mondays, Tuesdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
*Open Memorial Day and Labor Day
Dec. 6 through March 31: Historic buildings closed to the public, grounds remain open dawn until dusk, Wednesday through Sunday.
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, we are offering special timed, indoor tours for a limited number of people daily, Wednesday through Sunday. Guided Cabin Tours are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Guided Nature Walks are at 12 p.m.Guided Cabin Tour Tickets Guided Nature Walk Tickets
Walk up tour tickets are subject to availability. Purchasing online or by calling the site is recommended to ensure tour registration.
If you plan on visiting the site during the months school is in session, Wednesday 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.
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 >>
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 >>
If you are a photographer looking to book a shoot at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, please review our commercial photography policy and application process. Learn more >>
Gene Stratton- Porter State Historic Site Visitor Center
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 6 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 6 – 7 p.m.
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Help bring history, science, art and education to life for your students with a one-of-a-kind field trip experience. All state historic sites support Indiana Academic Standards, and feature a variety of academic topics. Call 260.854.3790 to schedule your visit to Gene Stratton-Porter.Learn More in Our Educator Program Guide
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.
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We are taking some inspiration from Gene Stratton-Porter, a famous novelist, naturalist and photographer, and becoming a naturalist for a night!