Upcoming Events

Farmstead Open Day December 2

Bloomington Restorations, Inc. (BRI) invites you to the next Museum Open Day at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 2. “Holiday Home” is the theme for this Seasonal Open Day. Decorations, Music, and Food will be shared to interpret the themes surrounding A Farmstead Christmas. In addition, a beautifully decorated Victorian Christmas Tree donated by Farmstead volunteers, Marsha and Greg Harrington, and two decorated fireplace mantels, created by Farmstead volunteers, Mary McKinney and Janette Robertson will be on display.

Janette Robertson will be demonstrating quilting and playing her auto harp.  In the Parlor, Holiday Music renditions will be performed by Mark Weidenmayer, Leah Savion, Susie Sullivan, and Lisa Wickes.

The Farmhouse will be open for tours. Cookies and Wassail will be served. 

Please note that there will not be a November Open Day. We will resume our Open Days on February 24, 2024.

Featured for sale inside the main house are Great Gift Giving Items.  The delightful cookbook, “Call to Lunch,” a collection of Daisy Hinkle-Garton’s recipes with cover artwork by Kitty Garlock, will be for sale.  These historic recipes have been organized into categories of Sides, Salads and Dressing, Bread, Soup, Breakfast, Main Courses, Vegetarian, International, Dessert, Cookies and Candy.

The book on BRI affordable housing programs, “From Historic Ruins to Affordable Homes, Saving Bloomington Vintage Cottages” will be offered for sale. In addition, offered for sale will be maple syrup made at the Farmstead, as well as maple cream and maple syrup candies supplied by the Indiana Maple Syrup Association.

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 acting 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 Farmstead