Chautauqua Days with Gene Stratton-Porter’s Wildflower Woods

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Gene Stratton-Porter

Chatauqua Days

Rome City Indiana

Every August


Big Events in August!

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Gene Stratton-Porter

The House

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Each day during Chatauqua Days there will be events at Gene Stratton-Porters home from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Golf carts are provided if you have mobility challenges.

The Orange Township Branch Library will have reading activities and a nature photography exhibit. Vote for your favorite. Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (and until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday) but closed on Sunday.


Phone (219) 894-2182 or write to Chatauqua Days, P.O. BOX 22, Rome City IN 46784.

Cruise on the Chautauqua Princess

To the Gene Stratton-Porter

Tea and Style Show!

LAST YEAR, in 1997: you may board the Chautauqua Princess for a ride to the Rome City Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Tour the gardens and cabin. Purchase sandwiches, beverages and home-made ice cream. From 2:00 to 5:00 there is a tea and style show. Tickets for the tea and show without the cruise are $8.00. To ride the boat, the tickets are $16.00 which includes the tea and style show.

Tea and show $8.00 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cruise, tea and show $16.00 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Most of the other cruises provide a meal.

Other cruises during the weeks of the Chatauqua include:

LAST YEAR, in 1997: Mystery Theatre Dinner Cruise, Elvis Cruise, Casino Cruises, Gospel music cruise, Sweet Adelines Cruise, Macho Nacho Cruise, Rockabilly on the High Seas cruise featuring the Blue Moon Boys, Blues Cruise, Dixieland Cruise, Rock and Roll Cruise, Late Night Rock and Roll Cruise, Country line-dancing cruise, Hot Country Nights, Barbershop music cruise, Mid-Life Crisis cruise, open cruises, luncheon cruises, etc!

Phone (219) 894-2182 or write to Chatauqua Days, P.O. BOX 22, Rome City IN 46784.

Who was Gene Stratton-Porter?

Gene (born Geneva) Stratton-Porter is one of Indiana’s most famous female authors. Her life and intellect are fascinating. She was a prime example of an independent woman, an accomplished naturalist, a perfectionist extraordinaire and a born story-teller. Born near Wabash, Indiana in 1863, she lived until 1924. A streetcar accident claimed her life in Los Angeles at the height of her movie production career.

For a thorough biography of Gene Stratton-Porter, see her daughter Jeanette Porter Meehan’s book, The Lady of the Limberlost, ©Doubleday-Doran Company.

There is an extensive web site for Gene Stratton-Porter’s State Historic Site at the Limberlost Swamp in Geneva, Indiana.

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Be sure to watch the PBS special on Gene Stratton-Porter.

It is thorough and engrossing. It is available for sale right at the Limberlost site. You can mailorder it.

Seeking a less developed area than Geneva, in 1913 the Porters built Wildflower Woods on 150 acres on Sylvan Lake in Rome City, Indiana. I’m just a webpage maker, and I am not an authority on Wildflower Woods, so I will let you see it for yourselves.

Official State Historic Website

Here’s a link to the Indiana State Historic Sites website for Wildflower Woods