• Tinker's Swiss-style Barn

    Robert Tinker constructed a three-story Swiss-style barn in 1873. It housed dairy cows, chickens and their feed.

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  • John Blair

    Robert Tinker

    John Blair arrived in Rockford, Illinois, in 1853, and worked as a landscape architect for many local residents. He worked for Mary Manny until 1865, when he moved to Chicago. In 1885 Blair was induce…

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  • Reaper model

    Salesmen for reaper companies would travel across the country and use models to demonstrate the product. Robert Tinker worked as a salesman for the Manny Reaper Company when he arrived in Rockford, Il…

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  • Rootwood Table

    This rootwood table was made to be used inside Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois. Robert Tinker was inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing to surround his Swiss Cottage with rustic furniture made f…

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois

    A mill's grindstone was used as a dining table at Tinker Swiss Cottage. View looking west.

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Gardens

    Tropical plants were popular with Victorian gardeners. The girl is sitting on a rustic bench made from tree roots and branches. Robert Tinker made this after being inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing.

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  • Robert H. Tinker

    Robert Tinker was a founding commissioner of the Rockford Park District in 1909. He serve on the board until 1923.

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  • John H. Manny

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    John H. Manny manufactured reapers in Rockford, Illinois. In 1855 he was sued by Cyrus McCormick for patent infringement. Manny hired Abraham Lincoln, Peter Watson, and Edwin Stanton as attorneys and…

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  • Swiss-style Barn and Garden

    Robert Tinker built his Swiss-style barn in 1873. The Swiss Cottage in Rockford, Illinois, was a gentleman's farm with vegetable gardens and livestock.

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  • Conservatory fountain

    In 1882 Robert Tinker induced John Blair to build a rustic stone fountain for the conservatory at the Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois.

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  • Mary Dorr Manny Tinker

    Mary Dorr married John H. Manny on February 1, 1852, and was widowed January 30, 1856. Mary oversaw the Manny Reaper Company and other properties in Rockford, Illinois. She was also involved in local…

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  • Tinker/Dorr Cemetery Monument

    Robert Tinker designed this monument in 1900 for the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois. Robert Tinker served on the Board of Directors for Greenwood Cemetery.

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage suspension bridge

    Robert Tinker built the first suspension bridge over Kent Creek in 1870. When it washed out in the 1890 flood, he built this bridge, which stayed in place until 1976.

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  • Carnegie Library, Rockford, IL

    Rockford Public Library was made possible by funding from the Carnegie Foundation. Robert Tinker landscaped the grounds facing the Rock River.

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  • Robert Tinker

    Robert Tinker arrived in Rockford, Illinois, in 1856, to work for the Manny Reaper Company as a salesclerk.

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Rose Garden

    A formal rose garden can be seen from a second floor window of Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford, Illinois

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  • Swiss Cottage conservatory

    Robert Tinker added a glass greenhouse/conservatory to his Swiss Cottage in 1882. It was used to protect tropical plants during Midwest winters. Robert Tinker landscaped the grounds around the Swiss C…

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  • Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Illinois

    The Tinker family were members of Second Congregational Church. They were very involved in church activities such as the Mission Aid Society and decorating the altar for special occasions.

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  • Swiss Cottage, Looking South

    Robert Tinker built this suspension bridge in 1890. It crosses Kent Creek in Rockford, IL.

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  • Peter Anderson

    Peter Anderson was a gardner & man of all work for the Tinker family from May 1, 1867 to 1871.

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