Night at Tinker Swiss Cottage
October 17, 2014
Join Troy Taylor in a
Search for the Spirits of this Historic Home!
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
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
Make Reservations Now for the Limited Number of
$40 Per Person
Here for Reservations for this Eerie Event!
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
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
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.
Coming to Rockford on October
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!
Click Here for Details about this Event!
|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!