Amish Country Northern Indiana

History & Heritage

Your window to another world

From Amish culture to fine art, history and RVs, there’s a museum for almost everything and everyone along the Heritage Trail. Elkhart’s lavish 1910 Ruthmere estate reflects the ornate lifestyle of a family living in America’s Gilded Age. While exhibits at the Menno-Hof center highlight Amish and Mennonite heritage and the simple Amish way of life. Bristol boasts the Elkhart County Historical Museum, a treasure trove of exhibits that illuminate Northern Indiana’s settlement and growth. A massive steam locomotive is the centerpiece of Elkhart’s New York Central Railroad Museum. In Goshen, you can peek through the bullet-proof windows of a police stronghold built during John Dillinger’s heyday.

Amish Acres

Amish Acres

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 80-acre restored Old Order Amish farm offers room to roam and packages that include some of the region’s best entertainment, food and lodging. Surrounded by pastoral beauty, visitors ...more

T: (574) 773-4188 TF: (800) 800-4942  | E: amishacres@amishacres.com | W: View Website

Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre

Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre

Indiana’s only professional, resident, musical repertory theatre featuring Plain and Fancy, the story of life and love on an Amish farm, in repertory with five musicals and one comedy. Round Barn Theatre Schedule

T: (574) 773-4188 TF: (800) 800-4942  | E: amishacres@amishacres.com | W: View Website

Bonneyville Mill

Bonneyville Mill

Working antiquity and picturesque beauty await you. The water powered mill has produced quality flour for over 150 years. Tour the mill, purchase flour, visit the gift shop and enjoy the park’s beautiful surroundings. Quilt Gardens mural location.

T: (574) 535-6458  | E: info@elkhartcountyparks.org | W: View Website

Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour

Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour

The Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour One of America’s Most Scenic Drives Centuries of history, thriving communities and tranquil rural landscapes come to life along the 90-mile Heritage Trail. You easily can devote a day to this route, discovering ...more

T: 574-262-8161 TF: 800-262-8161  | E: ecconv@amishcountry.org | W: View Website

Lerner Theatre Make a Reservation

Lerner Theatre

1920s-era movie house turned performing arts complex features a 1,700-seat theatre and ballroom and hosts year round performances, theatrical workshops, backstage tours and more.  In the heart of the downtown's Arts & Entertainment District.

T: (574) 294-4469 TF: (800) 294-8223  | E: info@thelerner.com | W: View Website

RiverWalk Culture Trail

RiverWalk Culture Trail

Riverwalk Culture Trail It’s easy to find and fun to follow - a set-your-own pace walking tour lined with inviting sites & stops, all just steps from Main Street’s restaurants, shops and pubs. Along the way, discover outdoor art in ...more

T: (574) 262-8161 TF: (800) 262-8161  | E: ecconv@amishcountry.org | W: View Website

The Blue Gate Restaurant, Bakery & Theater

The Blue Gate Restaurant, Bakery & Theater

When Mel first opened in the mid 80’s the Blue Gate, formerly Der Strudel Haus, had 50 seats and one dining room. Over the years it grew to 105 seats and two dining rooms, but it was never big enough to accommodate the number of people who wanted to ...more

T: (260) 768-4725 TF: (888) 447-4725  | E: bgate@riegsecker.com | W: View Website

Ruthmere Museum

Ruthmere Museum

The 20th century was full of grand promise in 1908 when Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley built their elegant Beaux Arts mansion of brick and limestone at the confluence of the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers. Once the centerpiece of Elkhart society, ...more

T: (574) 264-0330 TF: (888) 287-7696  | W: View Website

Menno-Hof

Menno-Hof

See and hear the Amish-Mennonite story at Menno-Hof, the perfect place to start your visit to Amish country. Centered amid park-like grounds, the complex was built by Amish and Mennonite craftsmen during an old-fashioned barn raising. Multimedia ...more

T: (260) 768-4117  | E: info@mennohof.org | W: View Website

Elkhart County Historical Museum

Elkhart County Historical Museum

Come experience a sense of place. Numerous exhibits illustrate the people, landscape and events that shaped our past and present. Extensive library and archives available. Weekly events and programs. 

T: (574) 848-4322  | E: info@elkhartcountyparks.org | W: View Website

Maximum Capacity: 300

Hall of Heroes Comic and Superhero Museum

Hall of Heroes Comic and Superhero Museum

Explore the 70+ year history of Super Heroes in comics, toys, film & animation. Features the world's largest collection of comic books (55,000+), super hero memorabilia, original art and props. 

T: (574) 293-0755  | E: stewartreality@egixmail.com

National New York Central RR Museum

National New York Central RR Museum

The most significant collection of New York Central artifacts in the world. Fun for rail fans and families. Adults $6, children (4-12) $5, seniors (61+) $5, children 3 and under are free.

T: (574) 294-3001  | E: info@nycrrmuseum.org | W: View Website

Studebaker National Museum

Studebaker National Museum

114 years of transportation history. See Lincoln's carriage, a 1934 Bendix car and a 1956 Packard Predictor Car of the Future.

T: (574) 235-9714 TF: (888) 391-5600  | W: View Website

Havilah Beardsley House

Havilah Beardsley House

The 1848 home of city founder, Dr. Havilah Beardsley, presents the story of Elkhart’s entrepreneurial spirit.  Tours: Adult $5; Student $2; Children under 5 admitted free with adult.

T: (574) 264-0330  | W: View Website

Middlebury Community Historical Museum

Middlebury Community Historical Museum

Preserves and displays artifacts and information about this charming middle-American town and its surrounding areas. Revolving exhibits reflect local history since 1836.

T: (574) 825-0978  | E: info@mchm.org | W: View Website

Midwest Museum of American Art

Midwest Museum of American Art

Features the largest Norman Rockwell lithograph collection and the largest Overbeck Art Pottery collection in the state; also paintings, sculpture and ceramics.

T: (574) 293-6660  | E: mdwstmsmam@aol.com | W: View Website

RV/MH Hall of Fame

RV/MH Hall of Fame

The only museum of its kind;expereince eight decades of the RV/MH Industry's models, while learning how RV's have impacted our nation.  Open year round.  Visit the website for admission rates and days/hours of operation.

T: (574) 293-2344 TF: (800) 378-8694  | W: View Website

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