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Farmstead Open Day October 26 

Bloomington Restorations, Inc. invites you to the monthly Museum Open Day at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead 1-4 p.m. Saturday, October 26.  “Harvest Home” is the theme for this Autumn Open Day. Decorations and displays will interpret the themes of harvest and life on the Farmstead. 

Throughout the afternoon, Duncan Campbell will be on hand to give tours of the dairy barn and other outbuildings not regularly open, and can assist with answers to questions about barn preservation and rehabilitation including the Mauri L. Williamson Barn Preservation Grant. The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead is a non-profit member of the Indiana Barn Foundation, a statewide, all-volunteer non-profit organization devoted to supporting the preservation of historic Indiana barns. Campbell has a background in carpentry and holds a Master of Science degree in historic preservation from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. After co-owning Preservation Development Inc. in 1993, a private historic preservation consulting firm in Bloomington, he was an associate professor of architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Ball State University’s College of Architecture & Planning where he was also the Executive Director of Ball State’s Center for Historic Preservation. In 2010, Duncan oversaw rehabilitation of his own c.1855 English threshing barn here in Bloomington.

Featured inside the main house maple syrup created by Farmstead Volunteers, maple cream and maple syrup candies supplied by the Indiana Maple Syrup Association will be offered for sale. In addition, a few pieces of artwork with proceeds donated by members of the Bloomington Watercolor Society, depicting the house and grounds of the Farmstead will be available for purchase.  The grounds will be open, and visitors can enjoy the autumn colors of the maple trees and Farmstead surroundings.  Friday Musicale and The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group with Mark Wiedenmayer will be hosting music in the parlor. Volunteers will give indoor tours of the Hinkle-Garton Farmhouse.

The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead is sending a call out for Volunteers who might be interested in assisting with Farmstead tours one Saturday per month (usually the last Saturday each month) from 1-4 PM. Volunteer duties include introducing visitors to the Farmstead history and act as docents/hosts for the afternoon. Our Open Days are conducted in a very easy-going atmosphere, minimal training and commitment required and always under supervision and guidance. All that would be required is an ability to pleasantly engage the public and a 1-1/2 hour training. If interested please contact LeAnn Luce, Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Open Days and Events Coordinator at: for more information.

The Farmstead, located at 2920 E. 10th Street in Bloomington, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and maintained by Bloomington Restorations, Inc., an organization committed to the preservation of historic properties in Monroe County.  It is free and open to the public on the last Saturday of most months.  For more information, call BRI at 812-336-0909 or visit the site on Facebook at Hinkle-Garton Farmstead