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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, Rockford

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Mission Statement:

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens preserves, protects and interprets Rockford's authentic history, heritage and culture to promote community and economic vitality.

Vision Statement

TSCMG is widely recognized as the site where the threads of Rockford's early history are woven together to provide a context for growth and development.
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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage is a really neat old homestead in southwest Rockford. The tour guides are top notch. Apparently there are ghosts there, although I have not seen evidence of this.  more »
  • tinker cottage can take you back in time to the early days of Rockford. It's as if the family just left it exactly how is was in the days they lived there.  more »
  • My husband and I went this past week to Rockford Really excited to go to the Tinker swiss cottage museum, well we arrived there first off they were suppose to do the tour at 1pm there was no one there...  more »
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  • My Cousin Debbie and I went there for one of the ghost tour on a Friday night on (11/01/2013) I was walking around taking pictures. Got home started looking through my pictures I couldn't believe what I saw. I was like. OH MY GOSH!! I called the guy and told him what I seen in my photo . I got in my car and took my phone right over to him. He seen up in the balcony was 2 ghostly figure's in the photo I asked who do you think they are, he said the samething I thought who they were. Jessie Dorr and Mr Tinker. I couldn't believe I took that picture. Unbelievable!!
  • Interesting museum, some good ghost folklore
  • My family and I went to the tinker house hoping to see some paranormal activity and ended up getting what we wanted and more. When we first got there we expected to not see anything but looked in a window and saw and tall dark shadow figure with a long beard pacing back and forth in the room. That scared us quite a bit but we still kept looking. We ended up finding a open door that led up too the front door. We stayed there for a few minutes hoping to see or hear something but nothing happened. Then we left and closed the door and went to the side of the house and there we tried contacting a ghost but instead of hearing a ghost we heard a door squeking. We got suspicious so we went to the door that we just closed and we found the door open. Then we walked over to the guest and while leaving to go to the guest house we heard whispering. It sounded like two people were having a conversation but no one was there. When we got to the guest house there was a glowing red light in one of the rooms. We looked through the window to try and locate where it was coming from but we couldn't figure it out. After going to the guest house we left in total shock at what we had seen and heard. That night will be a night I will always remember.
  • had my daughter's baby shower there jan. 18th. great space! alix did an awesome job setting up tables and chairs for us;and putting up with us being a little early to set up and a little late to leave.the room was the perfect size,we had 33 people and a gift table and 3 food tables set up no problem.the stone and wood walls make it a warm, inviting space. the small kitchen was a godsend .a good time was had by all;thanks again alix for all your help and patience!! [p.s. that small elevator down to the room is genius!!]
  • True history,you will love it