Historic Downtown Walking Tours

Seasonal beginning in May

Explore on foot the quirky backstories of history in downtown Goshen, Middlebury, and Nappanee. Experienced local guides lead you to the landmarks and share amazing stories of rivalry, bravery and intrigue.

 

Middlebury Tours

Gangsters, Saloons & Buggies on Roofs (Middlebury)

Historic Middlebury is full of surprises. John Dillinger was the most famous criminal in the U.S. in the 1930s and it is rumored he passed through Middlebury and even spent the night in a boarding house.

In Amish Country, it’s not unusual to see buggies everywhere; on the roads, at banks and grocery stores, even at Walmart, but on the roof! Hear these inside stories and secrets and more from a local with this tour of the Town Center.

 

Tour Information

Tours will run every Tuesday, June 2 – September 29, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Other times available by advance request
Meet at the Middlebury Public Library, 101 E. Winslow St 
Learn More

Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at the Middlebury Community Public Library. Cash Only. Tips Welcome. For more information call 574.825.5601

Trip Tip: Spend some extra time in Middlebury’s Town Center exploring the unique shops and restaurants.

Groups: Have a group of 9 or more people?
Reservations are required and can be made by downloading this agreement found here (PDF)

Helpful Hints:
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water
Tours go rain or shine. If it is calling for rain, you might want to bring an umbrella or wear rain gear
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour’s starting time.

 

4.1.1

Giant Toadstools and the World’s Fair

Take a guided tour through living history! The Krider family of Middlebury once captured the imagination of the world. This tour of the park that bears their name opens a window to the family’s nursery at the height of its creative powers. The natural beauty will take your breath away. You may even spot a giant toadstool. This tour is great for kids so grab the family and the camera or camera phone. There are plenty of opportunities for fun selfies.

Tour Information

Tours will run every Tuesday, June 2 – September 29, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Other times available by advance request

Meet at the Middlebury Community Historical Museum 301 Bristol Ave Learn More

Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at the Middlebury Community Public Library. Cash Only. Tips Welcome. For more information call 574.825.5601

Trip Tip: Take some time and explore the Middlebury Community Historical Museum and learn more about Middlebury’s historic past.

Groups: Have a group of 9 or more people?
Reservations are required and can be made by downloading this agreement found here (PDF)

Helpful Hints:
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water
Tours go rain or shine. If it is calling for rain, you might want to bring an umbrella or wear rain gear
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour’s starting time.

 

Nappanee Tours

 

 

Discover Nappanee’s fascinating past as a local guide takes you to historic homes and store fronts while narrating the colorful stories. Meet at the Nappanee Public Library Upper Level Gallery.

Homes of the Kitchen Industry

When you drive along US 6 in the historic east district, you will probably notice the beautiful homes that line the street and you may wonder what their stories are and who built them. Homes of the Kitchen Industry takes you through this historic area where you’ll learn about the Mutschler, Coppes and Zook family homes, the history behind them and the men who built them that helped shape Nappanee.


Tour Information

Thursdays, June 6, July 11, August 8, September 5 at 10am & 7pm
Meet at the Nappanee Public Library, 157 N. Main St

FREE Admission: Meet at the Nappanee Public Library at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Tips Welcome. For more information call 574.773.7812

Trip Tip: Spend some extra time at Coppes Commons learning about the Hoosier Cabinet and exploring the unique shops and eateries.

Helpful Hints:
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water
Tours go rain or shine. If it is calling for rain, you might want to bring an umbrella or wear rain gear
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour’s starting time.

 

Along Came Nappanee

Have you heard of Locke? When the B&O Railroad decided to bypass Locke and put the railroad in 3 miles south, the city of Nappanee was born. Many businesses and people started to migrate from Locke to Nappanee. Along Came Nappanee explores the feud between Nappanee and Locke, the businesses and people who moved from Locke to Nappanee and more.


Tour Information

Thursdays, June 13, July 18, August 15, September 12 at 10am & 7pm
Meet at the Nappanee Public Library, 157 N. Main St

FREE Admission: Meet at the Nappanee Public Library at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Tips Welcome. For more information call 574.773.7812

Trip Tip: Spend some extra time at the Nappanee Center and learn about its unique history including being the home to more nationally known cartoonist per capita (about 5,000) than any other U.S. city.

Helpful Hints:
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water
Tours go rain or shine. If it is calling for rain, you might want to bring an umbrella or wear rain gear
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour’s starting time.

 

Entrepreneurs, Pioneers and Trailblazers

Nappanee was built on the foundation of entrepreneurs and trailblazers. If not for them, Nappanee would not be what it is today. Entrepreneurs, Pioneers and Trailblazers explores Nappanee’s colorful history. The oldest family owned jewelry store, a bakery, Nappanee’s very own telephone company, Elkhart County’s largest general store and Nappanee’s first hotel along with the fascinating stories of the men and women behind them are included on this tour.


Tour Information

Thursdays, June 20, July 25, August 22, September 19 at 10am & 7pm
Meet at the Nappanee Public Library, 157 N. Main St

FREE Admission: may be purchased the day of the tour at the Nappanee Public Library. Cash Only. Tips Welcome. For more information call 574.773.7812

Trip Tip: Spend some extra time in downtown Nappanee exploring the unique shops and restaurants.

Helpful Hints:
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water
Tours go rain or shine. If it is calling for rain, you might want to bring an umbrella or wear rain gear
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour’s starting time.

 

Demolition, Destruction and Revitalization

Nappanee’s downtown has seen many different looks and businesses over the years. Demolition, Destruction and Revitalization explores the city’s transformation. Find out what building burned to the ground. Hear about the Community Building, the largest gym in the county before North Side Gym, and why it was torn down and made into a parking lot. Learn how a “hospital” has seen many faces since its original beginning and about the original uses of some of the most popular businesses in Nappanee. You’ll also learn about Nappanee’s Fire department along the way and how they went from hose cart teams to the Smokey Stovers!


Tour Information

Thursdays, June 27, August 1, August 29, September 26 at 10am & 7pm
Meet at the Nappanee Public Library, 157 N. Main St

FREE Admission: Meet at the Nappanee Public Library at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Tips Welcome. For more information call 574.773.7812

Trip Tip: Spend some extra time in downtown Nappanee exploring the unique shops and restaurants.

Helpful Hints:
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water
Tours go rain or shine. If it is calling for rain, you might want to bring an umbrella or wear rain gear
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour’s starting time.