9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana


This post originally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com

By Anna Camburn

You know you’re a history buff when you love to know the story behind each destination you travel to. Shipshewana, Indiana has a rich Amish/Mennonite heritage that is so fun to learn about. You can bring Shipshewana’s past to life by visiting the following events and attractions.

To make your trip even more memorable, consider staying in the Farmstead Inn – a beautiful hotel centrally located in Shipshewana that was modeled after the Amish homesteads that dot the area.

1. Menno Hof Amish/Mennonite Information Center

Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Menno-Hof

One of the most popular features in Shipshewana is the Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Information Center, located across from the Flea Market on SR5/South Van Buren. Opened in 1988, this 1200 square foot center is a treat for visitors wishing to learn-in depth-about the faith and life of Amish and Mennonites. There’s even a replica of a 14th century sailing vessel inside the barn structure!

2. Walldog Murals

Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Walldogs

The Walldogs are a group of highly skilled sign painters and mural artists from all over the world. Every year dozens of artists visit a small community and transform the town with murals depicting local history. The Walldog Movement is quickly gaining popularity and is a great way for small towns to attract tourists.

3. Shipshewana Antique Festival

Things every history buff should do in Shipshewana Antique Festival

The Shipshewana Antique Festival is an annual event held the first Saturday in August that features an Antique Market with dealers selling Antiques, Vintage, Collectibles, Furniture, Primitives, Toys, Signs, and Jewelry galore!  Events include an Antique & Vintage Market, the Shipshewana Gas & Steam Show, Old Trade Demonstrations, Antique Telephone Show, Vintage Baseball Game, Swap Meet and more.

Bring the whole family to find a treasure! Admission and Parking are free.

  • Are you an antique lover? You’ll love the annual Shipshewana Antique Festival held the first Saturday in August.
  • Events include an Antique & Vintage Market, the Shipshewana Gas & Steam Show, Old Trade Demonstrations, Antique Telephone Show, Vintage Baseball Game, Swap Meet and More.

 4. Heritage Trail

9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Heritage Trail

Every Mile Tells a Story

  • Take a road trip on the 90-mile Heritage trail for a scenic drive along rural roads and small town Main Streets.
  • As you drive, listen to a free audio tour CD for fun facts and interesting bits of area history.

5. Barn Quilt Trail

9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Barn Quilt Trail

Photo courtesy of : VisitShipshewana.org, Barn Quilt Trail Listing
Gorgeous Countryside Views

  • Use the self-guided trail map to view over 30 hand-painted quilt murals, each with a story and history of their own.
  • The trail connects six communities through LaGrange County in Northern Indiana.

6. Shipshewana Area Historical Society Museum

9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Historical Society Museum

Photo Courtesy of: VisitShipshewana.org, Shipshewana Area Historical Society Listing

All About Shipshewana

  • Explore this historical museum located inside the Old Farver School in the Historic section of Downtown Shipshewana.
  • Visit displays of artifacts from Chief Shipshewana and the early town as well as surrounding communities.

7. Guided Tours

9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Guided Tours

Get Up Close and Personal

  • If you’re with a group, you can get up close and personal with the Amish to learn about their history on a guided tour.
  • Optional activities include visits to working farms, shops and homes.

8. Davis Mercantile Carousel

9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Davis Mercantile Carousel

A Historical Masterpiece

  • Take a ride on a 1906 Dentzel Carousel, created by the German brothers.
  • The working parts, gears, braces and the center pole are all original to the carousel.

9. Old Fashioned Farming Days

9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana Old Fashioned Farming Days

Farming Demonstrations and More

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