Fee waived for event; hostesses will be on hand to answer questions


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Back in time: Brigette Jones, as Clara Louise Bottsford, and Jeff Kuehl, as James Whitcomb Riley, greeted visitors at the open house last year. Jones was portraying Riley's fiancee.


GREENFIELD — Last year, more than 100 people flocked to the James Whitcomb Riley Home and Museum on the Sunday before the annual festival celebrating the Hoosier poet’s birthday.

It was a record turnout for the Riley Home’s annual open house, kicking off the week of the Riley Festival, and the home’s hostesses are once again hoping plenty of people take advantage of the event, which is this weekend.

It’s the one day each year that visitors can tour the Riley Home for free. Standard admission fees of up to $4 for adults are waived for the two-hour open house only.

“There is a lot of people living in Greenfield that drive by the Riley Home and think, ‘We need to get there sometime,’” said hostess Brigette Jones. “Well, there’s no excuse now. It’s free.”

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