Tinker Swiss Cottage

The Tinker Swiss Cottage was the personal residence of Robert Hall Tinker from 1865-1870. The Tinker family was very influential in Rockford society; from religion to politics, prohibition to women’s rights, all the members of the family were involves in the creation of what Rockford is today. Groups can tour all three floors of the home, viewing public areas such as the formal parlor and dining room, and private areas like bedrooms, the office, and the root cellar. Programs and activities may include themes such as Victorian life, architecture, or family history. Scout badge opportunities are also available. 

Contact Info
Address: 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. Winnebago County. Tel: 815-964-2424. Website: www.tinkercottage.com. Email: alix@tinkercottage.com. Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 1PM-5PM. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.  

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue