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Farmstead Open Day Saturday September 29

Bloomington Restorations, Inc. invites you to the monthly Museum Open Day at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead 1-4 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018. The day will celebrate our continuation of “Jam Fest” featuring maple syrup and a variety of seasonal jams and jellies for sampling and sale.  Varieties include: strawberry, mulberry, sour cherry, blueberry, mixed berry as well as basil, mint, and other fruit jellies. Syrup, jams and jellies are prepared by Farmstead Volunteers. In addition, for sale there will be maple cream and maple syrup candies supplied by the Indiana Maple Syrup Association.  The grounds will be open and visitors can enjoy the various plants, trees and garden.  The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group 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

Take a tour of a restored Queen Anne

and Kirkwood Avenue

People can take two historic tours this fall, one a look inside a recently restored Queen Anne farmhouse, and the other a guided tour of the history of Kirkwood Avenue. The tours are offered as this year’s annual historic tour by Bloomington Restorations, Inc.
The Beaumont House will be open for touring from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9030 W. S.R. 48. The Kirkwood Tour is Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Beaumont House might have been demolished if BRI didn’t intervene. The preservation group purchased the endangered and dilapidated house and held it until preservation-minded buyers could be found. Those buyers were Darin and Michelle Cardwell, who painstakingly restored the house as a bed and breakfast. The ornate house, with its wood floors, tall windows and doors and high ceilings, is a dramatic example of a diamond in the rough brought back to a polished jewel. The open house is free and does not require pre-registration.
The Kirkwood Tour offers people the opportunity to see the Kirkwood Avenue of the past as they walk through Kirkwood’s present. Derek Richey, co-author of Bloomington Then and Now and leader of the Bloomington Fading Facebook page, will take people on an historic trip starting at 2 p.m. where he will point out the historic relevance of the remaining structures and the buildings we lost. Images for the tour will be sent to tour goers to view as a pdf on their smart phones. Pre-registration is required for the hour-long tour and attendance is limited to 25 people. There is a $5 charge. To register, email
This is the 42nd annual historic tour offered by BRI. The group expects to return to touring the interior of a group of historic houses next fall. BRI is a membership based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Bloomington and Monroe County’s historic structures.

Then and Now image of Kirkwood Avenue. Take a guided walking tour with then and now images Saturday, Oct. 6. Email to save your spot.