To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana.
Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided tour anywhere you would like. Just stop by the Visitors Center at 350 N. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana to pick up a brochure with a map.
We hope you enjoy each blog at it provides a sneak peek into the background of each barn quilt mural and location.
Barn Quilt Mural #15: Juneau
This quilt pattern was selected by Rose Scott because she liked the background and the simplicity of the pattern.
“I also like the colors,” explains Rose. “We sell a lot of ice cream at the park, and the pinks and greens on the mural reminds us of the ice cream. The confetti on the mural reminds us of sprinkles on ice cream.”
The Scotts purchased the land from Shipshewana resident Roberta Markley, who, according to Rose, “is a big fan of lemon custard. The yellow in the barn quilt mural is a tribute to her.”
Location information: Amish Log Cabin Lodging and Campground
In the fall of 1991, Harry and Rose Scott sat looking across the 13 acres of farmland they owned north of Shipshewana and envisioned several cozy log cabins in the pines next to a campground. That vision transformed itself into Shipshewana Campground and Amish Log Cabin Lodging.
As fate would have it, they met Jacob Kurtz, a local Amish man who owned a sawmill. Soon, Jake, his sons, and others were busy building the cabins as the Scotts installed the roads, water lines, sewer lines, and planted over 600 trees and shrubs. While the cabins were being built, another Amish man named Chris Bontrager was busy building the beds and furniture for the cabins from the trees cleared from the woods.
On June 26, 1992, their first guests arrived, two people celebrating their anniversary. In October of 1992, Jackie Bennett joined the campground, and rightly so, as it was her grandpa and grandma who originally owned the farm.
Location of Mural:
Shipshewana Amish Log Cabin Lodging & Campgrounds
5970 North State Road 5
Shipshewana, IN 46565
GPS: N 41° 72576. W 085° 58328
Barn Quilt Mural #16: Carolina Lily
The Carolina Lily mural reminds Rose of the many elephant ears planted throughout the campground. “The quilt pattern, like the real plant, has a big leafy pattern.”
The colors coordinate with the barn as well as some of the landscaping around the area, yielding a nicely-blended, earthy palette.
Location information: Shipshewana Campground-South Park
Here you will find one of the few buildings left standing after the now infamous Palm Sunday tornado or 1978 that devastated the area. The campground office has been remodeled since.
Shipshewana Campground–South Park was acquired in 1995 by Harry and Rose Scott. They set out to renovate the old Sloffen House Campground, breathing new life into this old park. They closed the campground, secured new permits, and the park was completely renovated. Under the direction of Randy Bennett and Harry Scott, work progressed over a period of several years, as new roads, utilities, and new sites were added and upgraded. City water and sewer were installed. The landscaping was redone, modern restrooms and laundry facilities were added, as were two pavilions, pet walks, game fields, and a gazebo.
This park now features over 150 modern RV sites. Whether you’re camping in a luxury motor coach or the family’s tent, this park has everything you need to make your stay in Shipshewana a pleasant one.
Location of Mural:
Shipshewana Campground-South Park
1105 S Van Buren Street (SR 5)
Shipshewana, IN 46565
GPS: N 41° 66218. W 085° 58018
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