We finished part two of our Amish Heritage scenic drive today. We visited the town of Wakarusa first. We loved all the incredible fall foliage on this drive. My pictures do not capture all the beauty. We also loved the huge pumpkin tree in downtown Wakarusa, they used over 150 pumpkins to make this awesome display. Our next stop was Amish Acres where they have the only Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Widow Barbara Stahly and her five sons migrated from Germany to the southwest corner of Elkhart County, in 1839, making them, according to University of Chicago historian James Landing, likely the first Amish settlers in Indiana.
By 1873 son Christian had acquired eighty acres of land to build a house and barn for his son Moses. From that beginning rose the main house in 1893. Noah Nissley, his wife’s father, purchased the farm from Moses and at his retirement, in turn sold it to his son-in-law Manasses Kuhns. From the Kuhns estate the farm was purchased for the purpose of preserving the buildings and traditions of the three generations of Amish families who lived on the farm and tilled the soil.
Following a year of meticulous restoration Amish Acres opened to the public in 1970. Since then visitors have experienced life as it was and in most families continues to be lived by the Amish surrounding Nappanee.
We also had another incredible Amish lunch, this time we had it family style. It felt like we were having Thanksgiving dinner already. :-) While eating we saw a female peacock fly up to our window, a few minutes later a second one joined us. That really made my day even more special. How cool is that? :-) I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Don’t miss this Amish Heritage Trail if you are in the area. Check back later for more from Indiana.