Night at Tinker Swiss Cottage
Rockford, Illinois: October 17, 2014 -- SOLD OUT!
Join Troy Taylor in a Search for the Spirits of this Historic Home!
Night at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
October 17, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
411 Kent Street | Rockford, Illinois

Join author Troy Taylor & American Hauntings for a Halloween season ghost hunt at this eerie and historic home, which has been called one of northern Illinois' most haunted spots -- Rockford's Tinker Cottage. Spend the late night looking for the ghosts of this historic -- and very haunted -- house with a limited number of ghost hunters during a private ghost hunt. Find out if this sprawling, many-roomed place is really as haunted as so many people claim and perhaps come face to face with one of the former residents of the house!

The evening will include a historic tour of the house, followed by a ghost hunt at a place that has been called one of the most haunted in the city. The haunting experience at Tinker Cottage begins at 8:00 p.m. and continues until 2:00 a.m. -- if you're brave enough to stay that long!

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History of Tinker Cottage:

The Tinker Cottage was was the dream of Rockford man, Robert Tinker, who wrote, "I only wanted to build a home that would give Rockford a name." It now stands as one of the most unusual and fascinating homes in Illinois.

Tinker was an unusual man in his own right. Born on December 31, 1836 in Honolulu, Hawaii to missionary parents, Reverend Reuben Tinker and his wife Mary Throop Wood Tinker, Robert came to Rockford in 1856. He was employed as an accountant by Mary Dorr Manny, the wealthy widow of John H. Manny of the Manny Reaper Works.

His inspiration for his amazing cottage came during his tour of Europe in 1862, where he fell in love with the architecture of Switzerland. In 1865, after returning to Illinois, he began building his 27-room Swiss-style cottage on a limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek. He surrounded his own Swiss Cottage with over 27 acres of trees, vines, winding pathways, flowerbeds, and gardens. A three-story Swiss-inspired barn was added to the property which housed cows, chickens, and horses.

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Prior to the Tinker Cottage ghost hunt, Troy Taylor will be speaking at Veteran's Memorial Hall in Rockford at 6:00 p.m. that evening!
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In 1870, Robert and Mary Manny were married and became one of Rockford's most influential couples. On the side of the Cottage, Robert constructed a suspension bridge crossing the Kent Creek. This bridge linked the Cottage the home and grounds that belonged to his wife. Tinker became mayor of Rockford in 1875, was a founding member of the Rockford Park District and the CEO of the Northwest and IC Railroad lines.
 
Mary Tinker died in 1901 and Robert later remarried her niece, Jesse Dorr Hurd Tinker. In 1906, the railroad bought the remainder of Mary's estate. At the end of Robert's suspension bridge, he planted elaborate gardens dubbed the "Railroad Gardens" where passengers could stroll as they waited for the train.

In 1908, his second wife adopted a son, Theodore "Teddy" Tinker. When Robert died in 1924, Jessie created a partnership with the Rockford Park District, allowing her to remain in the house until her death. After her death in 1942 the park district acquired the property and opened the home as a museum in 1943.
Join American Hauntings for a historically haunted night in this wonderful house and see experience the high ceilings, angled roof and unique designs of the rooms. Many of the elements of the house were created or inspired by ideas of Tinker, including the walnut staircase that Robert made out of single piece of wood and the rooms with rounded corners, original furniture, artwork and clothing that belonged to the Tinker family.

Then experience the ghosts....

Over the years, visitors and staff members alike have experience the hauntings here first-hand, from the sound of footsteps in the hallways and on the stairs, to voices, songs being hummed and the eerie laughter of children. A home for terminally ill children was located nearby for more than 30 years and often, the children were allowed to play at the cottage. Could some of them linger behind at the place where they found happiness? Even skeptical staff members have been convinced of the haunting as they hear things they cannot explain and have seen objects move by something other than earthly hands. Don't miss out on your chance to step back in time and experience a night like any other you'll ever get to spend!