This Mothers Day, May 14, mothers will be admitted free at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. Tours will be at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
The Victorian Cottage was built in 1865 by Rockford businessman Robert H. Tinker. Robert Tinker constructed his unique house after an inspirational tour of Europe. The home, filled with the original furnishings, artwork and diaries, offers a glimpse of Rockford a century ago. Seven rooms of the historic Cottage boast a Hands-On Basket with a selection of reproduction items that children and adults can touch and explore.
In 1870, Rockford businessman Robert Tinker built a suspension bridge across Kent Creek to link his Cottage with the home of his wife, Mary. Her home was across the creek. Although rebuilt several times, the unique bridge remained standing until 1976. Over the past two years, the Museum has rebuilt this landmark bridge. Today, visitors can bounce across the bridge to view historic pictures of the once-vibrant gardens that covered the far bank. In the future, the Museum hopes to restore those gardens.
Tinker Swiss Cottage has been open to the public as a museum since 1943. For more information, call 964-2424 or go to www.tinkercottage.com.
From the May 10-16, 2006, issue