Historic Downtown Walking Tours

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

Elkhart Tours

Kings of the Hill – Buy Tickets

How did Elkhart’s other half live? The city’s early industrialists, including the Beardsley family, helped tame the frontier before turning their eye to luxury on the banks of the St. Joe River. Each twist of their story on this tour tells a tale of ambition, innovation and reinvention. Buy Tickets

Meet at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Beardsley Ave. and Grove St.

Trip Tip:  Consider taking a tour of Ruthmere, the home that Alka Seltzer built, after you tour to see how the Beardsley family lived.

 

Elkhart Main StreetTastemakers & Risk Takers Buy Tickets

Downtown Elkhart is returning to its former glory with trendy galleries, cozy shops and eclectic entertainment but you won’t believe how it all happened. Artists, shopkeepers, philanthropists and political dealmakers all play a part in the city’s heyday and rebirth, told in one loop of Main Street.

Meet at the Lerner Theatre at the corner of Main and Franklin Streets

Trip Tip:  Hungry? There are plenty of restaurants to choose from along the Gateway Mile.

 

Tour Information

Tours will begin Tours will begin: May 30 – September 2

Saturdays, 1pm – Kings of the Hill or Tastemakers & Risk Takers

Tuesdays, 10am – Kings of the Hill

Wednesday, 10am – Tastemakers & Risk Takers

Other times available by advance request

Cost of the tour is $10 per person and is non-refundable. Tips welcome

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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.

 

Middlebury Tours

Gohn100Gangsters, Saloons & Buggies on Roofs (Middlebury)
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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 downtown.

Meet at Middlebury Public Library, Winslow Street Learn More

 

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

 

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Giant Toadstools and the World’s Fair
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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’s plenty of opportunities for fun selfies.

Meet at the Middlebury Community Historical Museum Learn More

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

 

Tour Information

Tours will begin Wednesday, May 31 – September 28

Wednesdays, 10am – Gangsters, Saloons & Buggies on Roofs

Thursdays, 10am – Giant Toadstools and the World’s Far

Other times available by advance request

Cost of the tour is $5 per person and is non-refundable. Tips welcome.

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.