On Saturday, June 25, the Rockford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) marked Tinker Swiss Cottage as a place of historic significance. A limestone boulder and handsome bronze plaque were placed on the hill overlooking the Cottage. The Illinois State Regent of the DAR, Jane Hays Hooe, presided over the ceremony.
Alice Uphouse of the Rockford Chapter said: Tinker Swiss Cottage has great historical significance in this community and is a priceless piece of our American heritage. The Rockford Chapter of the DAR has supported efforts to preserve the Cottage in the past, and the Chapter feels that it is essential for the community to recognize the value of this landmark.
Tinker Swiss Cottage was home to Rockford businessman Robert H. Tinker and his family. Tinker was mayor of Rockford in 1875, and helped to found the Rockford Park District in 1909. He built his unique Swiss Cottage in 1875 after a whirlwind tour of Europe provided the inspiration.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a national society of women who can demonstrate that they are descended from a patriot of the Revolution. The organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing Americas future through better education for children. The DAR has long been a leader in historic preservation, marking historic sites across the country and often working at the local level to maintain sites of importance to their communities.
Tinker Swiss Cottage has been open to the public as a museum since 1943. Call 964-2424 for more information.
From the July 27-Aug. 2, 2005, issue