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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farming Demonstrations and More
- It’s a weekend of old-fashioned fun for the whole family
- Witness demonstrations of by-gone equipment, exhibits and activities.
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