More than three decades ago, LaVern Pletcher, a second-generation Nappanee furniture storeowner, had a chance to achieve his dream.
Pletcher, who had traveler to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for inspiration, had always harbored an idea of preserving an Amish farm and making it available to visitors. So, when the 80-acre Manasses Kuhns farm was up for sale by public auction in October of 1968, Pletcher put in his bid.
Now known as Amish Acres, it is the only Old Order Amish farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a great restaurant — check out their hearty Thresher’s Dinner, a fudgery, animals and a theater.
But that’s not all there is to do in Nappanee. Watch a movie at the 1930’s-era Nappanee Theater, enjoy a slice of the world’s largest pie at Nappanee’s annual apple festival, look at the crafts and collectibles at Borkholder Dutch Village and enjoy an Amish meal at Borkholder Village Restaurant.
Spend the night at the wonderfully restored Homespun Inn in downtown Nappanee.