Explore the history of Elkhart, Indiana through two iconic house museums.
RUTHMERE CAMPUS SCHEDULE AND VISITOR GUIDELINES
Ruthmere is now open!
Both Ruthmere Campus sites, Ruthmere Mansion and the Havilah Beardsley House, resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, June 16th, with additional operational safety precautions in compliance with the Indiana Back on Track Stage 4.
COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines for Ruthmere Campus:
*Group tour sizes will be reduced to a maximum of 5 visitors per group, plus the docent tour guide during normal hours of operation.
*All visitors and docent tour guides are required to wear face coverings while on tour. No exceptions.
*No large tour groups, or group discounts are being offered until further notice.
*Tours on normal days of operation will begin at the top of the hour.
*Ruthmere staff reserve the right to initiate a second tour per hour starting 30 minutes past the top of the hour if demand and resources allow.
*Advanced tour reservations are encouraged, otherwise open tour slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. It is advisable for visitors to arrive 10-15 minutes before their tour time so we may maintain a consistent schedule.
*For Free Family Sunday events, a maximum of 5 visitors will be allowed in the door to start their tour experience every 5 minutes. There will be a maximum capacity of 180 visitors for this 3-hour Free Family Sunday event, which is roughly 50% normal capacity.
*Restroom facilities will not be available on Free Family Sundays.
Staff will continue to prepare our sites for all safety and security standards ensuring the safest possible experience for our visitors.
Ruthmere's Board of Directors and Staff appreciate the patience of our volunteers, members, supporters, and visitors. We all are in this together.
Executive Director, Ruthmere Campus
Check out our upcoming events for new dates regarding postponed events from April, May, and June. We will continue to send out updates regarding postponed events or changes. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at (574) 264-0330 (ext. 105) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Ruthmere
Ruthmere Campus comprises two historic properties that engage visitors with a unique experience of history, art and architecture. Whether you are taking a guided tour of Ruthmere Mansion or the historic Havilah Beardsley House, listening to a concert, participating in an educational program, or celebrating your nuptials with an unforgettable garden wedding, the experiences at Ruthmere are one of a kind and make a difference.
History is the heart of Ruthmere. Elkhart is here for a reason, and the history of the Beardsley family reveals the answer. Through archaeology and research relive the era of Elkhart's founding at the Havilah Beardsley House, or immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the historic mansion and gardens at Ruthmere.
The built environment defines our cultural values and provides a sense of community identity. Explore the architecture of the community in an easy, interactive way with the TourElkhart Mobile Tour, or study art, architecture and gardens in depth at the Robert B. Beardsley Arts Reference Library. Nowhere is the importance of the built environment easier to discover than at Ruthmere.
Art comes in many forms at Ruthmere. Part historic house museum, part world class art collection, part performing arts venue--such is the unique nature of Ruthmere. Explore the timeless questions "what is art and why is it important?" through cutting edge public programs, or simply immerse yourself with an awe-inspiring sensory experience.
Visiting Ruthmere Campus
Ruthmere Campus overlooks the confluence of the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers, residing at the heart of the Beardsley Historic District Neighborhood, a nationally recognized site on the National Register of Historic Places.
Havilah Beardsley House Address:
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