Built in 1881, the home of B&T co-founder Rhys Bramblethorpe and family is one of the finest examples of early Beertown architecture. Now the oldest original home within city limits, the Bramblethorpe House Museum was carefully restored in 1983 and contains many original artifacts from the daily lives of Rhys, Ellen, and Bronwyn Bramblethorpe.
- Spring/Summer Hours (April – September): Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Fall/Winter Hours (October – March): Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Starting May 1, the Grounds, including the original English Garden, Rose Garden, and newly installed environmentally friendly Native Species Water Garden will remain open until sunset Thursday-Saturday.
- Suggested donation: $8 adults, $4 children. Make your donation online.
School Visits: Free workshops and discounted admissions are available to all Beertown-Praline Consolidated Public Schools groups. A limited number of free workshops are available to Title I schools visiting from outside the Valley area. Programs include “Bronwyn’s Day” (Kindergarten through 3rd grade), “Westward, Ho!” (4th-7th grade), and “Bramblethorpe’s Big Idea” (8th-12th). All workshops adhere to national Common Core standards for social studies. Reservations required.
2014 Special Events:
- Easter Egg Hunt– April 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Families welcome to take picnic lunch in the garden after the event. Best suited to families with children ages 6 and under. Cost: $10 for visitors ages 2 and up.
- Arbor Day Demonstrations– April 25. Workshops on the hour, 8:00 a.m. to close. Join our skilled horticulturalists for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to keep these historic grounds beautiful, and come away with tips and tricks (and maybe even a potted boxwood from the gift shop!) for your own garden. Free admission to gardens; house entrance not included.
- Mother’s Day Tea– May 11, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Using the same teatime traditions that Ellen and Bronwyn Bramblethorpe enjoyed in this home during the 1880s and 90s, we are pleased to offer our popular Mother’s Day Tea again this year. In addition to the appetizing tea and treats served, each attendee will receive a collectable cup and saucer. Cost: $25 per person. Reservations required.
- Independence Day Concert and Picnic– July 4, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Join us on the lawn as we celebrate the birth of our nation with music from the Thompson High Band and other local artists. Dinner (country fare) will be available for purchase on site, or you may bring your own. Join us after the concert for a great view of the fireworks display at the Brewery site. Free admission.
- Halloween Haunt– October 30 and 31, 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Join us for a spooky after-hours tour to hear the lore of Beertown’s Haunted past! All ages welcome, though parental guidance is suggested, as younger children may find the tour frightening. Cost: $13 per person. Reservations recommended.
- Christmas at Bramblethorpe House– All through the month of December. Join us in the spirit of merriment as the historic home is decorated for an authentic Victorian Christmas. “Mrs. Bramblethorpe” will be available during normal visiting hours to take you on a tour of her home and to share some of her favorite holiday traditions. Cost: Free with regular admission.
Site Rentals: We are pleased to offer the gardens and grounds for special events! Consider having your wedding, anniversary, bar mitzvah, or other special occasion on our beautiful, historic grounds. For more details and to get a lease inquire at the Visitors’ Center.
Suggested donation: $8 adults, $4 children. Make your donation online.