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 and Mennonite heritage that is fun to learn about. History buffs can bring Shipshewana’s past to life by visiting the following events and attractions.
Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Museum
One of the most popular features in Shipshewana is the Menno-Hof which is museum and 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.
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.
History buffs know that “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 (stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a free CD!)
Barn Quilt Trail
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. Pick up your copy of the map at the Visitors Center or download from our Barn Quilt Trail page.
Shipshewana Area Historical Society Museum
All About Shipshewana… history buffs can explore this historical museum located inside the Old Farver School in the Historic section of Downtown Shipshewana. You can also see displays of artifacts from Chief Shipshewana and the early town as well as surrounding communities.
Guided Amish Tours
Get up close and personal with our intriguing residents… if you’re with ten or more people, you can about their history on a group guided tour. Smaller groups and individuals have several Amish experience options to choose from, including visits to working farms, shops and homes. In-home Amish dining experiences are also available!
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. (And don’t forget to stop into Aunt Millie’s Candy & Nut Shop for some nostalgic old-fashioned favorites!)
Old-Fashioned Farming Days
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. Chat with the Amish while having a picnic or just relax and enjoy the day.