Upcoming Events

Farmhouse holiday open house Saturday December 3

Bloomington Restorations, Inc. (BRI) invites you to the monthly Museum Open Day at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 2022. “Holiday Home” is the theme for this Seasonal Open Day. Decorations and Seasonal music will be presented to interpret the themes surrounding A Farmstead Christmas. In addition, a beautifully decorated Victorian Christmas Tree, donated by a Farmstead Volunteer will be on display.  A new exhibit of recently acquired sewing notions belonging to Daisy Hinkle Garton will be presented as part of the permanent collection and be on display.  The Farmhouse will be open for tours.

Please note that there will not be a November Open Day. We will resume our Open Days to be announced for 2023.

Featured for sale inside the main house as a great gift giving idea, will be the delightful new cookbook, “Call to Lunch,” a collection of Daisy Hinkle-Garton’s recipes with cover artwork by Kitty Garlock. 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’s affordable housing program, From Historic Ruins to Affordable Homes, Saving Bloomington’s 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 p.m. 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