T C Steele State Historic Site
- Official site
- Google Maps
- Introductory video with open captions
- Guided tour with no audio transcripts
- Nice, enjoyable site where you can see a rotating selection of paintings inside the original home and studio
While Vicky and I were at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead, the archeologist suggested T.C. Steele’s site located less than 30 minutes east of Bloomington. Since the Coronavirus was shutting down places all over the country, we thought it would be worth checking out. After all, it combined two of our interests, art and history.
A native of Indiana, T.C. Steele became an accomplished Impressionist painter in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He eventually purchased this property where he could focus on his paintings. If you are a fan of Impressionist art, it’s well worth the visit.
Accessible Tourism Notes
While the introductory video had open captions, they did not have an audio transcript to accompany the guided tour. This is an area of improvement that I hope they implement for future tours as I enjoyed exploring the home and studio, learning a little bit about the Steeles, and viewing the artwork.
Otherwise in hindsight, this is not a very accessible tour experience. You would need to be able to climb the stairs and navigate through the house under your own power. While the video captioning help, it’s clear the guided tour contains a lot more information that’s not included in the video.
If you go…
It does seem like a lovely place to enjoy a light lunch with a hike so check the weather. If it’s a nice day out, consider packing a picnic as the price of admissions allows you to freely wander all the place. This is something I would do if we return someday.