Amish Acres

Amish Acres is a historic farm and park located in Nappanee, Indiana. It’s centered around the Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns Farmstead, which was built in 1873. The farm was purchased in 1968 and Amish Acres opened to the public in 1970 in order to enlighten and educate outsiders about the Amish way of life.

 

Packages

There are several different packages to enjoy a day at Amish Acres. It’s possible to see just the farm and shop for authentic Amish products, take tours and buggy rides, have dinner, and even see a performance in the theatre. A hotel is located onsite for overnight stays.

Package prices are very reasonable. We opted for the Amish Acres PastPort, which includes everything except the theatre performance. It cost US$33.95 per adult, not including tax (as of October 2017). For this package, it’s possible to arrive by 2pm and see everything, but the earlier the better.

 

Round Barn Theatre

At the parking lot, you’ll see the Round Barn Theatre, which houses Indiana’s only professional repertory theatre company. It features several different shows throughout the year, including Plain and Fancy, which has run annually at Amish Acres since 1986.

Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Round Barn Theatre

 

Greeting Barn

Next to the theatre is the Greeting Barn, where you can buy ticket packages and shop for crafts. The documentary film theatre, where you can learn more about the history of the Amish, is also located there.

Greeting Barn at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Greeting Barn

Documentary film theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Documentary film theatre

 

Shopping

Outside of the Greeting Barn are a few small buildings where you can buy authentic Amish treats such as apple butter, sausages, and cheese. There’s a cider and grist mill, soda fountain, and meat and cheese market. You don’t need a ticket to go shopping.

Cider & Grist Mill at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Cider & Grist Mill

Soda Fountain at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Soda Fountain

Meat and Cheese Market at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Meat and Cheese Market

 

Restaurant Barn and Thresher’s Dinner

The Restaurant Barn sells baked goods such as bread and pies, and is where you can chow down on the delicious family-style thresher’s dinner.

Restaurant Barn at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Restaurant Barn

Dining room at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Dining room

The dinner includes a choice of meats and sides, a drink, and an amazing piece of pie for dessert. Everything is delicious, and you’re even encouraged to ask for seconds!

First course at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

First course

Main course at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Main course

Dessert at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Dessert

 

House and Farm Tour

The house and farm tour is not to be missed. You learn about the family that occupied the farm for nearly 100 years, as well as how the Amish have lived and worked up until the present day. The guide does a fantastic job answering all questions and explaining how everything works.

Main house at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Main house

The tour starts outside of the main house, where you can see how the Amish prepare and store foods, smoke meats, and cultivate honey.

Food storage at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Food storage

Amish oven at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Amish oven

Once inside the house, you can see authentic items used by the Amish. Clothes are hung up on the wall and items they would use in everyday life, such as beds and washboards, are shown.

Utility room at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Utility room

Room at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Room

Bedroom at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Bedroom

Next, you can walk through the Grossdaadi Haus, where the elders are sent to live as the families of their children grow. After that, it’s possible to see the barn, live farm animals, and outbuildings that have been moved to the site. Some of them include a buggy barn, blacksmith shop, maple syrup barn, and ice house.

Grossdaadi Haus at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Grossdaadi Haus

Buggy barn at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Buggy barn

Blacksmith shop at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Blacksmith shop

Blacksmith shop at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Blacksmith shop

 

Horse and Buggy Tour

Another tour is a horse and buggy tour, which is driven by a friendly Amish man. He takes you around the beautiful grounds past several of the historic buildings.

Horse and buggy ride at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Horse and buggy

The grounds at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

The grounds

Broom maker at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Broom maker

 

Wagon Ride

Finally, you can take a wagon ride around the grounds. It stops at the old schoolhouse, which was relocated from down the road. Next to the schoolhouse is an Amish school bus wagon and an old railroad crossing house.

Schoolhouse at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Schoolhouse

Schoolhouse at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Schoolhouse

School bus wagon at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

School bus wagon

Railroad crossing house at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana

Railroad crossing house

 

Conclusion

Amish Acres is a great place to spend a day if you are in northern Indiana. It’s both educational and entertaining, and the food is delicious. For the price of admission, it’s a nice deal for both couples and families.

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