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Allow 2-3 days.
Founded in Noble County in 1835, the quaint town of Ligonier is known more for its Jewish heritage than German being called Little Bethlehem at the height of the town’s settlement. Come explore this beautifully preserved downtown, learn the locals’ stories, and savor the Jewish, German and, even, French influences.
A Beautiful Array
Step back into the 20th century at Solomon Mier Manor Bed and Breakfast near the heart of Ligonier. Once the home to German-Jewish immigrant Solomon Mier, one of the first Jewish settlers, this stately Italian/Queen Anne-style mansion offers four beautifully-decorated bedrooms with private baths. Rise to a homecooked breakfast in the elegant dining room with its original painted canvas murals, built-in cabinetry and crystal chandelier. The mansion accommodates up to 12 guests.
Stroll (or drive) to explore the beautiful Murals of Ligonier. There are 20 murals that dot the historic downtown. Each mural gives a taste of the local history with the most prominent mural being the Strawberry Valley mural on the northeast side of downtown. This mural depicts the early settlers discovering the Native American settlement known as Strawberry Valley, which later became Ligonier.
Just north of downtown, stop at Annie Oakley Perfumery . Here perfumer/entrepreneur Renee Gabet uses the finest, natural perfume essences from around the world to create hand blends producing an elite line of fragrances. Enjoy an amazing sensory experience, learn about Annie Oakley’s history and see the making process at work. You may even come away with a customized fragrance blend.
To the west of the downtown shopping district is Main Street rowed with elite homes of the past, a Carnegie Library and the Ligonier Historical Museum. The historical museum, housed in a former 1800s one-room Jewish Temple, displays Ligonier’s past industries and residents' artifacts. Its architecture boasts beautiful, original stained-glass windows, fixtures and steeple.
About 10 minutes south of Ligonier on US 33 enjoy a French-inspired lunch at the Kimmell House Inn . This Bed & Breakfast, known as the Bistro in the Country, serves up breakfast and lunch (and dinner on occasion) in the ground floor restaurant while offering sweet dreams in four elegant bedrooms with private bathrooms upstairs.
Continue south on US 33 to the small community of Wolf Lake. Here a hidden treasure awaits you - the Luckey Hospital Museum . This once family-run hospital turned museum houses medical intrigue and nostalgia of the early 20th century. Make an appointment before you go - only guided tours are offered.