Northern Indiana is known as Amish Country and if you have ever traveled that way, you know why. From the shopping to the restaurants, and even passing horse-drawn buggies on the road, each and every experience has a touch of the Amish culture. For years my family has visited Northern Indiana and I have many wonderful memories of our trips and continue to create more.
One of our frequent stops is Amish Acres in Nappanee. What first drew us in was the Round Barn Theatre.
Created from a 1911round barn, it was dismantled and resurrected to become a resident repertory professional theatre. Over the last 16 years they have performed over 100 musicals! But none compare to Plain and Fancy. It is a musical comedy that introduces you to the customs, morals and dress of the Amish. I truly enjoyed the show … as did my Mom and her friend who went along.
That is not all that Amish Acres offers. The restaurant offers a variety of dining options, but my favorite is the Threshers Dinner which features broasted chicken, smoked ham, beef and noodles and mashed potatoes just to name a few. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
I would also highly recommend the guided house and farm tour. You tour an Old Order Amish farm that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and learn more about the Amish history and their daily lives.
If you visit, make sure and check out their events page to see what all is going on. (Outdoor areas open in April.) While I haven’t been yet, I hear the arts and crafts festival in August is wonderful! Since it is celebrating its 51st year in 2013, I’m sure it won’t disappoint! And I just saw that Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is coming to the Round Barn Theatre. That is one of my favorites so I may just have to make it up there to see that too!
*Photos provided by the Elkhart County, IN CVB