Holiday Tours

                  2017 Holiday Tour Theme - I'll Be Home For Christmas! 


Remember those who fought for freedom and to restore peace.

The message for Ruthmere's 2017 Holiday season is simply and important.  We say "Thank You!" to the brave men and women who defend our nation by honoring both active duty personnel and U.S. military veterans with this year’s theme “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”  Throughout the years, U.S. Armed Forces have fought for our freedom in places far from home, and the holidays have always been the hardest time to be away from family. To honor their sacrifice Ruthmere will be decorated with patriotic d├ęcor and vintage U.S. military uniforms from World War I through Vietnam. 

We are pleased to announce a special holiday partnership with all area military organizations in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan, offering free admission for the entire month for active duty military personnel and veterans of the military. For the general public a Special Admission Rate of $2 per person per site has been made possible through a grant from The Community Foundation of Elkhart County.  Donations will be collected on site for a variety of local military veteran organizations.

Tours on the hour Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 3:00 pm - Sunday 1 - 3pm. Closed on Mondays and December 24-26. For more information 574-264-0330

Note, the Havilah Beardsley House will be decorated in a traditional 19th Century Holiday theme for 2017.

Special Events during the Holiday Tour Season

The I'll Be Home For Christmas! holiday tour season opening day kicks off on Saturday, November 25.  After a full day of tours, what could be better than kicking back with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a festive Cocktails with Claus: 21 and Over Holiday Party with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6-8pm in Ruthmere's Game Room.  The program will also feature a brief history and sampling of French wines with Jean and Steve Barton.  Cocktails with Claus is a Ruthmere member's only event and will take the place of the December EOQ (End of Quarter Cocktails).

The next day, November 26, we will host the popular Sunday with Santa an unforgettable photo op with Santa in Ruthmere's Library and a story and music program for young children and their families from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  Admission is $10 per person (only $5 each for Ruthmere members!) and seating is extremely limited.  Two seatings of Sunday with Santa will be held--1pm and 3pm.  

Special events of the Holiday Tour Season include Christmas Tea at Ruthmere on December 3, a FREE Screening of White Christmas in the Ruthmere Game Room on December 10, and a Pokagon Potawatomi Veterans Panel Discussion on December 17. 

Note: Most special events require reservations or special admission pricing.  Please click on the event link to register and learn more details.



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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