About ESR

Lauramoore Guidelines and Reservation Procedures

General Guidelines

  • Lauramoore is available for purposes that further the mission of ESR, the Religious Society of Friends, and the wider church in general, and appropriate Earlham College activities or events. 
  • This includes, but is not limited to, ESR and Bethany prospective students, guest speakers at the seminaries and the College, students taking Intensive and week-end classes, ESR Board of Advisors and Earlham/Bethany Board of Trustees. 
  • It may also be used for meetings, retreats, and other gatherings of groups that meet the above guidelines. 
  • The ESR Administration will determine the appropriateness of all requests. 

Description of facilities

  • The Italianate-style house was built in 1860 and has been owned by Quaker individuals, Meetings or groups ever since. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Mary Birdsall House, and was recently granted a Deed of Preservation and Conservation Easement by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Inc. We expect that guests will treat the house with respect and use it gently so that it’s available for others to enjoy for many years to come.
  • Lauramoore is located less than one mile from ESR, about a 15 minute walk. The 2-acre property includes a large parking lot, gardens and large shady lawns.
  • All living spaces are air conditioned and heated; each bedroom has it's own unit.
  • The first floor has 3 bedrooms, one half-bath and one full-bath. Common areas on the first floor include two livings rooms, a large kitchen and dining room and a laundry room. One large bedroom on the first floor may also be used as a meeting space.
  • The second floor has 7 bedrooms and 4 full baths.
  • Each room has a closet or wardrobe, a dresser or shelving, a reading light and an alarm clock. Some rooms have desks or easy chairs.
  • Bed and bath linens are provided.
  • The house is equipped with a television and phone with unlimited domestic long-distance calling, wireless internet, a Mac computer and printer, and a piano.
  • The kitchen has table and cookware, cleaning supplies, two stoves, ovens, microwaves and refrigerators, as well as a coffee pot and other small appliances.  It’s stocked with basic condiments, spices, tea and coffee. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen and store food in designated areas.
  • Usage policies are posted in each bedroom, and in various common areas. Guests are expected to read and observe all policies, and cooperate with other guests by sharing bathrooms and common areas.
  • The house is not handicap-accessible and pets are not allowed in the house at any time.  It does not have cribs, highchairs or other child-related furnishings. This is a non-smoking, alcohol- and drug-free facility.
  • The house is staffed by a Resident Host who is available to assist with minor maintenance and repair issues, and will contact the ESR Business Office for other facility issues/problems.

Reservations & Rental Rates

  • Rates for active students are $40-$45 per night for one person; other guests are $75 per night. There is a 50% additional fee for a second person in one room. Rates for meetings, retreats and other group events will be negotiated with ESR.
  • Reservations are taken Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • To reserve a room or other space, contact Miriam Bunner at 765-983-1687, 800-432-1377 or email lauramoore@esr.earlham.edu
  • Keys will be picked up/returned at either ESR or Lauramoore, depending on time of arrival. 

Revised August 27, 2012