24 responses to What are your Indiana Amish favorites?
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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (June 30th, 2011 at 07:23)

    My favorites in Elkhart/LaGrange/Koskiusco Counties in northern
    Indiana:
    E & S Sales on SR 5 in Shipshewana which is the area’s largest bulk food store.
    Laura’s Country Store at 1255 W. SR 120, Howe, Indiana. They have
    over 150 Amish made quilts and wall hangings, as well as lots of
    nice furniture and a bakery.
    Burkholder’s Country Store at 29999 CR 56 near Nappannee. It’s
    a typical Amish variety store,and the store owners Larry & Marlene
    Burkholder have always been pleasant to visit with.
    Miller’s Variety Store 8920 N. SR 19, Etna Green (a few miles
    south of Nappannee). If anyone likes Rada knives and kitchenware,
    I found that they have the best selection in the area.

    Also, the produce auctions at Wakarusa and LaGrange. Produce
    auctions are more and more a part of Old Order Amish and Old
    Order Mennonite life and I think everyone interested in Amish
    life needs to attend at least one produce auction!

    And I think a visit to northern Indiana Amish Country is not
    complete without a visit to MennoHof in Shipshewana — a good
    introduction to Amish/Mennonite history and life. I especially
    enjoy the Amish kitchen/living room which is part of MennoHof
    and the quilt garden is beautiful in the summer. They also have
    a very good selection of Amish/Mennoniite books.

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    Comment on Kah-zee-ah-sko County (June 30th, 2011 at 09:20)

    Kah-zee-ah-sko County

    Al thanks for sharing some interesting places. I’m glad you mentioned Menno-Hof; I have heard good things about it but have never gotten to visit.

    I know produce auctions have gotten bigger in recent years in Lagrange, but haven’t heard much about Wakarusa.

    Kosciusko County always brings a chuckle to me–it’s named after Polish national hero Tadeusz Kosciusko but for us Americans the name is a tongue twister to pronounce. “Kosh-choosh-ko” is more or less how it should be said, but I’ve often heard it “Kah-zee-ah-sko”

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      James Stytle
      Comment on Tadeusz Kosciusko (January 1st, 2014 at 14:01)

      Tadeusz Kosciusko

      When I was in Poland, I rode on a train named “Kosciusko”. I told one of my Polish friends how we pronounce it in Indiana. I don’t think she believed me.

      I wrote a paper on Tadeusz Kosciusko for a history club I belong to in Crawfordsville, Indiana. I have also presented the paper to my Masonic Lodge.

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    Forest in NC
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (June 30th, 2011 at 14:25)

    I always kinda liked the area around Berne, Indiana

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    Lindsay
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (June 30th, 2011 at 16:24)

    Great ideas, thanks! I look forward to my NIN road trip. Menno-Hof was on my list. I’ll add Erik’s restaurant suggestion to the to-do list as well.

    I hope they celibrate Pulaski Day in Kosciusko County!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (June 30th, 2011 at 21:37)

    Erik, in my neighborhood and family,we pronounce it the first way you mentioned (“Kosh-choosh-ko”), and since my fraternal Busia and Dzia-Dzia were born and raised in Poland (and Dad worked for the Polish daily Zgoda in Chicago), I trust their pronunciation.

    I’ve never been to Indiana Amish country, but will certainly put several of the places mentioned on my “to do” list to visit during (hopefully) my retirement years (thanks,Al).

    Lindsay,I hope the same thing—if anyone’s in that area on Pulaski Day (and if they do celebrate it), I’d like to see a couple of pix (probably snowy).

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (July 1st, 2011 at 05:03)

    Alice Mary, I do remember your Polish roots which must come in handy on these kinds of Polish adoptions :) I can’t fault anyone that would mispronounce Polish words though. Czech and Slovak are pretty hard too. I visited the Slovak mountains last weekend, and one of the towns in the area is called “Klcov” (with the addition of a little “hacek” pronunciation symbol over the c making it even more interesting). Slavic words could often stand to buy a vowel 😉

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    Comment on Other Indiana favorites (July 1st, 2011 at 05:06)

    Other Indiana favorites

    Looks like Lancaster is a bit better known than Indiana :) Maybe we’ll get some more responses here.

    Other Indiana favorites of mine include the covered bridges of Parke County, which have come up here a few times recently. And I know folks have mentioned Dinky’s in Daviess County a number of times.

    The eastern side of the Lagrange-Elkhart settlement is more spread out and more beautiful to visit in my opinion. You’ve also got the Pathway bookstore east of Shipshewana. I’ve never been to the Shipshewana flea market, just seen it driving by.

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    Comment on Berne Amish (July 1st, 2011 at 05:09)

    Berne Amish

    Forest, Berne is actually the largest Amish settlement I’ve never been to. But I’m aiming for an Indiana visit this summer, with Berne on the list. I know Kevin Williams at the Amish Cook blog has been there a number of times (Lovina Eicher the Amish Cook has roots here), but he doesn’t seem to be too fond of this community.

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    Lindsay
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (July 1st, 2011 at 06:03)

    Are there any good flea markets? My friend I’m roadtripping with loves her flea markets! There is one in Ship Tues/Weds, but unfortunately we’re not able to make it other than over a weekend.

    The area of Nebraska I grew up in also has a large Czech American community…my grandpa’s family was from Bohemia, and until he was an adult Czech was his first language. There are a lot of signs in both Czech and English in the area, and I usually have a good idea on the pronunciation but I’ve noticed that sometimes certain words are pronounced different here, which makes it well, confusing!

    One of the common names is Znmanacek…it looks harder to pronounce than it really is 😉

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    ann
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (July 1st, 2011 at 06:09)

    The Blue Gate in Shipshewana is a family favorite for us! And- my mom’s sis and family own the Old Davis Hotel (and affiliated shops) and have some yummy snack shops there- JoJo’s Pretzels- my favorite! I love Shipshewana in general… but then, I’m hardly impartial!
    Oh yes- and the Wana Cup on SR 5 across from Yoder’s dept store is another favorite… otherwise known as the ‘Dairy Queen’… 😉 (it’s not… it’s just what we call it!)

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (July 1st, 2011 at 18:24)

    Erik, I’m hoping too that more people will respond to this post. Northern Indiana Amish Country is such a large area, we need all of
    us who know the area to help each other find interesting places there to visit!

    I’m glad Ann mentioned Yoder’s Dept. Store. It is in Yoder’s
    Shopping Center which is a huge building with the dept. store,a hardware store and a grocery store. Many Amish shop there. It sure is interesting looking around in all of those stores to see items you don’t usually see in such stores.

    And I’m glad Ann mentioned Wana Cup. It’s my favorite eating place
    in Shipshewana — has a real “local” feel to it. My favorite eating place in the whole area is Village Inn on Main St. in Middlebury. It too has a local feel to it; many Amish as well as local English (and tourists) eat there. If you go to Middlebury
    from Shipshewana, travel on Road 250 N. It is very scenic, lots
    of Amish farms. And at 11275 W. 250 N is Guggisberg Cheese House.
    It advertises that it is “where you’ll get a birds-eye view of
    cheesemaking in Amish Country!”

    If a person is interested in reading more about Amish/Mennonite
    Life and History, I’d suggest going to the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College. Though the hours are limited, I think it’s open to anyone. I’ve spend a couple enjoyable afternoons there reading issues of Die Botschaft and other interesting materials. Also, Goshen College occasionally has displays with Amish themes in one of their art galleries on campus.

    This is non-Amish, but there is a great candy store in Wakarusa.
    It has all kinds of candy that I remember from the 50’s and 60’s.
    I don’t know where they find it, but it’s all fresh! Definitely
    worth a visit if you’re in that area. Also, the Wakarusa Produce
    Auction I mentioned earlier is Old Order (horse and buggy) Mennonite.

    One thing I learned about 20 years ago when I first visited Northern Indiana “Amish Country”is that not everyone you see in the area who you think is Amish, really is Amish. There are many, many different groups of Amish, Mennonites, Old German Baptist, etc. in the area who dress plain. There is a fairly large Old Order Mennonite (Groffdale Conference) community between Goshen and Nappanee who drive horse and buggies. So, just because you see a man with suspenders and a beard or a woman wearing a covering and a long dress driving a buggy doesn’t mean they’re Amish! It is a great area and I learn new things every time I visit there.

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    Comment on Emma & Topeka (July 1st, 2011 at 19:03)

    Emma & Topeka

    I have two restaurants to mention, both of which have Amish staff.

    Tiffany’s in Topeka, Indiana has really good food and excellent pies. It’s clean and simple, with a nice all-you-can-eat salad bar, and the locals seem to fill the place, which is a good sign.

    Even better is the Emma General Store in tiny Emma, Indiana, which isn’t far from Topeka. I wish I had a copy of the newspaper article they have on display there that tells the history of the place. I believe it’s more than 100 years old. For most of its history it operated as a general store under one family’s ownership, but when the family decided to sell in the early eighties things were never the same. Eventually someone bought it and turned it into a restaurant and they serve excellent food at very reasonable prices. The interior is lovely with its handsome wooden soda bar and a dark green tin ceiling. If you’re anywhere in the neighborhood, stop in for a bite – you won’t regret it.

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    Rick
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (July 2nd, 2011 at 04:31)

    I expect to make a return visit in August after having been there last June. The Shipshewana Flea Market is OK, huge but a lot of the same junk row after row. There was a nice large antique store more or less across the road, near Yoder’s Dept Store. Certainly the Pathway Bookstore (2580N 250 W in Lagrange) is the place to go if you want to see what Amish read and the one type of text book series they use. The restaurant in front of E & S Sales offers good value.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on More photos? (July 2nd, 2011 at 12:19)

    More photos?

    Erik’s original post on this subject has certainly opened a goldmine of info on the Indiana Amish/plain community! Since Indiana is our next door neighbor (from Illinois, that is),I’m likely to make it there sooner than I would to Pennsylvania or Ohio. The Amish dept. stores mentioned sound very intriguing, as do the restaurants, and the Mennonite library will be a “must-see” for me!

    I’m hoping that those of you who have been to these places (or are visiting soon) will post some recent photos, especially of the stores/restaurants, indoors & out (if possible). I’m sure more folks than just “me” would be interested and appreciative!

    Thanks ahead of time!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Shipshe (July 2nd, 2011 at 12:57)

    Shipshe

    I’m with Rick regarding Shipshewana and the swap meet. 20 years ago it was really great — the way a flea market ought to be, with home-made crafts, vintage items, and genuine antiques. Over the past several years though it’s become more of a junk vendor’s paradise, with cheap Chinese toys, socks, and mass-produced bric-a-brac. On the up-side, there’s still treasure there to be found but it’s harder to find, and they hold regular auctions where you can find all kinds of treasures.

    The antique mall across the street is wonderful and we always stop in for a visit. The little downtown area has many quaint shops and is a treat to visit, especially the Davis Mercantile, a large building with three floors of shops that should keep you busy for a while. On the third floor you’ll find the Daily Bread restaurant, which features delicious Amish-style meals, freshly baked breads, pies, and other desserts.

    I can’t wait to get back next month!

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on Topeka, Indiana (July 2nd, 2011 at 19:28)

    Topeka, Indiana

    One of our favorite places in Indiana is Topeka. And the wonderful restaurant called Tiffany’s! We loved Shipse, and look forward to another trip up that way next year.

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    Comment on Indiana photos (July 3rd, 2011 at 02:57)

    Indiana photos

    Alice Mary, posting photos is a nice idea. I’m working on getting more interactivity on the site to let people do just that. In the meantime anyone that wants to can send them to my email (ewesner(at)gmail.com) and I can pass them along, or can share them on the Amish America Facebook page. Thanks for the good idea.

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    micah
    Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (August 16th, 2011 at 00:38)

    hi all, long time lurker, not sure if i’ve ever posted before
    i may be able to post some photos of the shipshe area for you all.

    along with the previously mentioned attractions, i have to mention shipshe farm supply for all your horse drawn implements and livestock needs. shipshewana is also home to an excellent blacksmith.

    and of course you can’t mention northern indiana without mentioning st. joseph county michigan!

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      ShipshewanaIndiana
      Comment on Welcome (January 2nd, 2014 at 11:42)

      Welcome

      Micah,

      I’d love to see your photos on this site!

      I was a long time lurker myself, but have found this site is a great way to share with others the sights and experiences we obtain while living in / visiting amish country.

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    James Stytle
    Comment on Parke County (January 1st, 2014 at 14:05)

    Parke County

    I live near Parke County, Indiana. I like to visit Swarey’s Variety Store and Peachy’s Bulk Foods. A great place to buy fabric and work clothes and boots is Meadow Sales.

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      Comment on Parke County Amish (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:58)

      Parke County Amish

      Thanks for mentioning Parke County James. For those who might be wondering Parke County is home to one of 2 Amish communities settled by Amish from Lancaster County, PA.

      The other, of similar size, is in Wayne County on the opposite side of the state. These are the only places in Indiana you’ll find the grey-topped buggy characteristic of Amish in Lancaster.

      More on those 2 communities: http://amishamerica.com/indiana-amish/#pa

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        Lance
        Comment on What are your Indiana Amish favorites? (January 2nd, 2014 at 10:41)

        Hi Erik,

        There is now a third Lancaster Co daughter community in Indiana. This one is in Ripley Co, near Holton. This community is not yet 5 years old, I believe. It is growing, but not as fast as Parke and/or Wayne Cos. did. Land is more expensive there.

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