Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum celebrates 150 year anniversary

Staff Report

“I only wanted to build a home that would give Rockford a name” -Robert H. Tinker

The public is welcome to join Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens as they celebrate the 150th year anniversary of the construction of the Cottage. Robert’s 150th Celebration will take place on September 19 from 12-4 p.m. at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens. Admission for the event is free.

The Tinker Swiss Cottage was built in 1865 by Robert Hall Tinker, former mayor and avid business man of Rockford. Robert Tinker’s inspiration for the Cottage came during his tour of Europe in 1862, where he fell in love with the architecture of Switzerland. In 1865, Robert began building his Swiss Cottage on the limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek.

The Tinker family, the sole occupants of the Swiss Cottage, left their home to the Rockford Park District and their household belongings to trustees after seventy-five years of residence. Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries, clothing and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life during the Victorian Era. The Cottage is also one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States. In 1943, Tinker Swiss Cottage opened to the public as a Museum and is supported in part, by the Rockford Park District.

Come and enjoy first floor tours of the Cottage, Victorian dancing, live music, hands-on activities with Angelic Organics Learning Center and visits with Robert and Mary Tinker. Party Animals will be also hosting a face painting station, treasure chest and have balloons for sale.

Food and ice cream will be available for purchase. Zammutos will be serving a variety of foods along with their famous granite. Kroozin Kooler Frozen Treatz will be on location with their ice cream tuck full of ice cold treats.

This event has been generously sponsored by Southwest Ideas for Today and Tomorrow (SWIFTT), Camelot Travel of Rockford and Angelic Organics Learning Center. Celebrate all the memories and moments that have made this home such a Rockford treasure.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens is located at 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102.

Visit tinkercottage.com or call 815-964-2424 for details.

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