Good news for those who wish to see this northern Indiana tourist institution continue: Amish Acres will live on, in somewhat different form, under new ownership. The people who purchased the key parcels of property will continue the venue as a food and entertainment destination.

However they are re-branding the attraction under a different name: “The Barns at Nappanee“.

I have to admit I didn’t like this name at first look. Now it has grown on me to the point where I’m neutral on it. Maybe next week I’ll like it. Often name changes work that way.

I wondered why they dropped “Amish” from the name. Maybe the owners wanted to reflect more than just the Amish aspect of the attraction. “Amish” to me seems the big hook, but the Round Barn Theatre has certainly garnered its share of fans. However they are including “Home of Amish Acres” in the “sub-title”, so to speak.

Photo by Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw

Maybe I am just getting bad flashbacks to the naming process of my first book 🙂 I wanted to include “Amish” somewhere in the main title, but long story short, it ended up in the sub-heading. The Amish are a big draw, and for good reason. There ought to be a good reason to downplay that.


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