Shipshewana Stories

1st in a Series of Travel Journals by Shipshewana Visitors Shipshewana is full of traditions and visitors love creating memories here. We recently asked you to share some of your Shipshewana stories through photos and we can’t wait to share them all so you can discover how others are experiencing making family traditions in Indiana’s […]

6 “Must See” Makers in Shipshewana

Are you a Maker?  Do you admire Makers?  Appreciate Quality Handcrafted items? Shipshewana is blessed to be home of a number of gifted and talented Creators/Makers.  Here are just 6 you’ve got to see when you visit Shipshewana. Kathy McClanahan’s Oil Paintings Watch and visit with Kathy while she paints on just about anything you […]

Yoder Popcorn Fun Fact

by Joanna King What does Yoder popcorn and mint gum have in common? As it turns out…they have quite a history. Did you know? What started out as an accident soon became one of the most iconic names in chewing gum history… and it all started here in LaGrange County. South of Shipshewana just before […]

Pure Honey

Learn About the Birds and Bees in Shipshewana

by Laurie Sherck It seems that people are quite interested in the birds and the bees when they come to Shipshewana. I wanted to find out for myself the curiosity surrounding this interest, so I took a quick drive out into the Shipshewana countryside to talk with the experts themselves.   Green Meadow Houses and Feeders […]

Buggy Rides & Tours

Shipshewana Spring Bucket List

by Laurie Sherck Ready to say good-bye to grey skies and begin to celebrate Spring? I thought so! A road trip to Shipshewana just may be the ticket! Welcome and celebrate Spring with a few ideas of things to do from this Shipshewana Spring Bucket List.    Ride Bike Pedal the Pumpkinvine Trail.  The ride passes […]

New Blue Gate Performing Arts Center Announced

Shipshewana, IN- (March 14, 2019) This week, Blue Gate Theatre announced the construction of a new 1500+ seat, $3 million dollar theater space at the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center. The new theatre is set to break ground before May and will be completed by January 2020.  The rapid expansion of the Blue Gate’s Concert […]

Shipshewana Carousel Co.- The Rest of the Story

Did you know this hand carved carousel is in the quaint little town of Shipshewana? It’s got quite the story behind how a carousel got to the third floor of the incredible Mercantile, the week The Davis Mercantile opened up….circa 2005 Meet Al. Our carousel carver. Al grew up in an Amish family near Shipshewana. […]

Whose idea was this Crazy Pajama Day Sale in Shipshewana?

That question has been asked numerous times. I don’t want to point fingers, but one of Shipshewana’s favorite merchants at Sarah Davis, Ltd. came up with the “crazy” idea 23 years ago, and WE LOVE IT! It’s such a fun day! It’s not uncommon for entire groups dressed in matching PJs to show up in […]

7 Shipshewana Holiday Events That Will Dazzle You!

by Laurie Sherck For me, the holidays in Shipshewana is the most wonderful time of the year.    This year is no exception. Please let me share with you 7 Shipshewana holiday events that absolutely dazzle me and are bound to dazzle you too.  1. Shipshewana Light Parade and Lighting Ceremony One of my favorite events […]

Amish School in Shipshewana area

The ABCs of Amish Schools

By Marcia Eichhorn Prior to moving to Shipshewana to build my home and operate Bright Morning Star Bed and Breakfast, I taught 4th & 5th grade students for 30 years in Elgin, IL, so it’s not a hard stretch to understand why I have found Amish Schools and Amish education so fascinating. Education of Amish […]