Tinker Swiss hosts Victorian Open House Jan. 6

Saturday, Jan. 6 Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum hosts its first Victorian New Year’s Open House from 1-4 p.m.

During the event, you can spend as much time as you like in each room of the historic Cottage. It’s your chance to marvel at the magnificent murals; wonder at the woodwork; or state at the decorative ceilings, all at your own pace. Volunteers will be available in each room to answer your questions. Refreshments, included with the price of admission, will be available in the Tinker Barn & Visitors Center.

Admission for the Victorian New Year’s Open House is $6 for adults and $2 for children ages 5 to 17. Children younger than 5 get in free.

New Year’s receptions were popular during the 19th century. In 1866, Mary Manny, Robert Tinker’s boss and future wife, invited 175 guests to her New Year’s open house, and 94 of them came to the event at her brick mansion on South Main Street. While Christmas was a time for family, New Year’s was a time for socializing with friends and neighbors—and the year’s first opportunity for courting.

Robert H. Tinker built his splendid Swiss Cottage overlooking Kent Creek after a trip to Europe in 1862. Tours are offered year round Tuesday-Sunday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tours for groups of eight or more are available by reservation seven days a week. Tinker Swiss Cottage is at 411 Kent St., Rockford. For more information, call the Museum at 964-2424 or visit www.tinkercottage.com.

From the Dec. 27 2006-Jan. 2, 2007, issue

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