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, 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 criteria. 
  • The ESR administration will determine the appropriateness of all requests. 
  • In keeping with ESR's commitment to Quaker values of respect for all persons, equality, and peace and social justice, harassment or assault is grounds for being asked to leave.

Description of facilities

  • The Italianate-style house, built in 1860, has always been owned by Quakers. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Mary Birdsall House, and has a Deed of Preservation and Conservation Easement from 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.
  • 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. There are 7 bedrooms and 4 full baths on the second floor
  • Rooms have a variety of bed sizes, from twin to queen. Each room has individual heat and air conditioning controls, as well as a closet or wardrobe, a dresser or shelving, a reading light, alarm clock and desk. 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, large appliances, 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. All perishable food must be disposed of or given to others before leaving.
  • 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. Lauramoore 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 November 14, 2014