This morning, Ester and I drove down to Rome City, Indiana, to visit the cabin of Gene Stratton Porter, named Cabin in Wildflower Woods. Ester has been there several times, but I had never been there. The buildings are closed on Mondays, but she said that we could still enjoy the gardens and look in the windows.
The gardens are extensive, for a place that was a private residence. This pergola extends through the planted beds. Even this late in the season it was very attractive. Ester says a visit in the spring is great for viewing the wildflowers.
The house and work shed are genuine log construction, but the house is fully finished inside. Since Ester has taken the tour several times she was able to tell me quite a lot while we looked inside.
This is one bench that was there when Gene lived here. The rock structure encloses a spring that flows out into Sylvan Lake. It was fun to sit there and consider that she also enjoyed that same view.
This is the monument where Porter and her daughter are buried.
So, do you know who Gene Stratton Porter was? I thought you'd never ask! She lived from 1863-1921, and wrote both romantic novels (not like those of today), and natural history books. "Romantic" generally meant that the emphasis was on relationships between people, and that the endings were happy or optimistic. One of her most famous is A Girl of the Limberlost (1909), which was also made into a movie several times.
She is considered to be one of Indiana's most famous authors. The Limberlost Swamp is a real place (but far southeast of the cabin we visited). Porter used the proceeds from her popular writings to support her love for studying and writing about the birds and plants of the wetlands.
I've actually never read more than a couple of her books. I've found A Girl of the Limberlost on line, free. I've started reading it.
Now I'm home... it will be back to work.