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BRI offers guided tours of Kirkwood

and Covenater’s cemetery Saturday, Oct. 21

People can take guided tours of the history of Kirkwood Avenue and the Covenanter Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 21. The tours are offered as this year’s 41st annual historic tour by Bloomington Restorations, Inc.

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

Donn Hall will lead free guided tours of the Covenanter Cemetery from 1-4 p.m. departing every hour and half hour. Tour goers will learn about the influential movers and shakers with the Covenanter community through those buried at the cemetery. The earliest grave dates from 1838 and many names are still prominent throughout the Bloomington community. Hall is a professor of history at Ivy Tech Community College. The cemetery is located at the northeast corner of Moore’s Pike/Hillside Drive and High Street. Parking is available at the tennis courts on the south side of Moore’s Pike just east of the cemetery.

Farmstead part of county barn tour Oct. 28

The Hinke Garton Farmstead is one of the headquarters of the Monroe County Barn Tour, a fundraising event to benefit the Indiana Barn Foundation. The self-guided tour will feature 13 barns and outbuildings at 9 locations, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The dairy barn and three farm buildings will be open at BRI’s farmstead, with the corn crib housing the “Harvesting at the Farmstead” exhibit. Inside the 1892 main house will be live music and the rural still life photography exhibit of Jon Benson.

Tour tickets are $10 per person advance, $15 the day of the tour, and under age 15 years free. Advance tickets (cash or check) are available beginning August 15th at the Visit Bloomington Visitors Center, 2855 N. Walnut Street; the Monroe County Purdue Extension office, 3400 S. Walnut Street; or online with credit card at the Indiana Barn Foundation website or directly at Day-of tour tickets will be sold at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead.

Farmstead Museum Open Day Oct. 28

The Hinkle Garton Farmstead Museum Open Day is Satuday Oct. 28th from 1-4 p.m. Visitation to the 1892 main house during open days is free and open to the public. Entertainment will be provided by The McDonald Brothers, a lively trio performing popular, bluegrass and country tunes, along with musicians from Bloomington’s Friday Musicale. There will also be an exhibit of black and white photography by Jon Benson. Refreshments, including local apple cider, will be served. In conjunction with the Monroe County Barn Tour, the c. 1900 grain barn and other outbuildings will also be open to visitors during open day.

The farmstead, located at 2920 E. 10th Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is headquarters to Bloomington Restorations, Inc., an organization committed to preservation of historic properties in Monroe County. The main house and museum are open to the public 1-4 p.m. the last Saturday of most months. There will be no open day in November. Instead, a special holiday event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 9th. For more information, call BRI at 812-336-0909.