James Whitcomb Riley Bus Trip: The Life and Legacy of The Hoosier Poet

  • September 16, 2017
  • Monroe County History Center
  • 202 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 332-2517
  • 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
  • $75 for museum members, $85 for non-members

James Whitcomb Riley's Boyhood Home in Greenfield, Indiana is our first stop! This 1853 home is presented as it was when James Whitcomb Riley lived there from age 4 to 16. A docent-guided tour will lead us to discovering several original Riley family pieces in this home, including the rafter room, cubby hole, handmade items by Riley's father, and all the stories that go with them. This is where Riley met Mary Alice "Allie" Smith, the inspiration for one of Riley's most famous poems, "Little Orphant Annie."

Stop #2 is for lunch at Rathskeller Restaurant set in the historic 19th century The Athenaeum Foundation, Inc. building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. The Athenaeum was built in 1893 during the time that Riley lived in the nearby neighborhood of Lockerbie Square.

A short walk (0.3 mile) from The Rathskeller will lead us to stop #3, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in Lockerbie Square where we will have a guided tour and see the treasures that made James Whitcomb Riley famous. The country’s only late-Victorian preservation is a National Historic Landmark which offers visitors a glimpse into the life of the great Hoosier Poet. Authentic furnishings and artifacts include Mr. Riley’s writing desk and his famous top hat and cane. Visit the gift shop, where you will find several editions of Riley's works for sale as well as many items that are perfect for kids and adults.

We end the trip with a guided Heritage Tour at Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery. This 1.5 hour guided walking tour allows guests to visit a variety of monuments, including some of the most recognized statues, as well as the view of the downtown skyline from James Whitcomb Riley's tomb high atop beautiful Crown Hill.

Tickets are $85 per person for non-members and $75 for History Center members.Ticket price includes coach transportation and all admission fees. Lunch at The Rathskeller is not included in the ticket price.
There are two ways to buy tickets.
1. Visit http://bit.ly/RileyBusTrip to purchase online. Members can contact the History Center for a $10 discount promo code.
2. Visit the Monroe County History Center in person. Advanced ticket purchase is required by August 31st, 2017.

James Whitcomb Riley Bus Trip: The Life and Legacy of The Hoosier Poet