I've been to Rockome Gardens. I hope, though I doubt, someone will buy it intact and continue on. Selling it in bits of pieces will be a pity.
It's an old fashioned tourist trap, said with reverance, which defies description. I was hunting around for a photo album with none catching the vibrancy of the place. I found this site
, though it hardly captures the eccentricities of the place. There are garden sculptures made of bottle caps embedded in cement. You can see nobody tosses anything away when it can be reworked into an exhibit.
From the auctioneer's website wrote:
Nestled in central Illinois in the Heart of Amish Country is a beautiful 29 acre park, known as Rockome Gardens. For nearly half a century, Rockome Gardens unique stonework & sprawling gardens have attracted vacationing families from all over the world. Purchased in 1958 by Elvan Yoder, the park has been a family operation with Elvan's son's, Dale & Allen carrying on the tradition of the park. By combining a touch of whimsy with serious craftsmanship & setting the result amid the natural beauty of the Midwest, Elvan & his son's have created a memorable destination.
Visitors will see an amazing array of wonderful craftsmanship in the hand crafted fences, archways, large hearts, birdhouses & a variety of other designs made of native rock & cement, as well as some other odds & ends. These wonderful items are set among oceans of beautiful floral gardens. Visitors will find more than 5 acres of formal flower gardens, herb gardens, & cacti gardens as well as the water gardens at the south end of the park.
Guests to Rockome Gardens can experience that simpler life firsthand by visiting a true Amish home of the 1950's, with sparse furnishings & a focus on living for the Lord rather than for worldy things. Paths are provided throughout the park, perfect for a leisurely stroll, & children can spend a day riding a horse that provides power for the saw, petting animals in the petting zoo, playing in the tree house, creeping through the haunted cave, or watching the G-gauge model train as it winds through the hills, flowers, & buildings. If your feet get tired, just hop on a horse & buggy for a ride through the park or climb aboard the train for a ride.
While at the gardens, take a stroll back in time to the late 1800's village with a working blacksmith shop, livery stables, one room school house, & a wonderful Calico & Quilt shop.
A large wonderful old red barn holds much to see with it's Antique Museum, Look-Out Tower, & Rock Shop.
There are a variety of specialty shops that offer an array of products, like beautiful hand crafted dolls at the Sugar & Spice Doll Shop, unique southwest-style gifts at the Indian Trading Post, delicious baked goods & confections from the Bagdad Bakery & Candy Haus Shop, cornmeal, cheeses, & summer sausage from the Grist Mill, which has an operating mill, & much more! These specialty shops are the link between Rockome Gardens & the Amish neighbors, whose farms border the park.
Rockome Gardens is a combination of the best of nature's beauty & the best of man's handiwork.
The Yoder's have owned & operated the park as a family business with their father & mother since 1958. They say the park has been good to them, but it is time to retire! If you are looking for a wonderful investment, be sure to check this one out!
Retirement fire sales are not the best way to sell, but they didn't ask me!
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