Donate canned goods for discount at Tinker Swiss Cottage

Donate canned goods for discount at Tinker Swiss Cottage


During World War I, Robert and Jessie Tinker supported the war effort by supplying Camp Grant with produce grown at Tinker Swiss Cottage. In their memory, and in the spirit of World War II Victory Gardens and wartime rationing, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is offering a special admission discount for the month of October.

Through October, any visitor bringing in an item of nonperishable food will receive a discount on admission to the historic Cottage. Adults receive $1 off the regular $4 tour price; children receive 50 cents off the usual $1 fee. Collected goods will be donated to the local food pantry to aid our “troops” at home. Tours are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The discount is offered as part of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau fall celebration of the World War II Era. Many Rockford area organizations are holding events focusing on the history of WW II and the contributions of our veterans.

Tinker Swiss Cottage was the home of Rockford Mayor Robert Hall Tinker and his family. Tinker built his unique Swiss-style home in 1865 after a tour of Europe. The Cottage is a treasure trove of Rockford history, filled with the family’s original furnishings, artwork, diaries and photographs. For more information, contact the Museum at 964-2424.

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