Amish Acres, in Nappanee, Indiana, is America’s only old order Amish Farm
that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It sits on 80 acres of land,
on the homestead of some of Indiana’s original Amish settlers. Many of the buildings are
original, and many have been moved from nearby areas and refurbished.
We enjoyed walking around the courtyard and exploring the buildings. The
kids loved seeing the peacocks and other birds, and finding feathers. There was a
funny donkey to pet, and some chickens running around. They also loved the buggy and wagon rides, and
the old time soda shop! Many of the employees are Amish and are very knowledgeable and willing to
answer questions we had about the Amish way of life. In order to get the full Amish
Acres experience, you really need to buy tickets for a tour or two.
We chose the Amish Acres PastPort Package. It was $33.95 for adults and $15.90 for
kids. It was the best value for us to do all of the things that we wanted to do. It
-House and Farm Tour
-Farm Wagon Ride Tour
-Horse and Buggy Ride
Our tour guide, Fannie
Mae, was patient with the kids’ questions and was very informative on the House Tour and on the Wagon Ride
Tour. The House and Farm Tour was a walking tour through the main farmhouse and outbuildings. We
learned about the ways that the old order Amish went about their daily chores and business. There was even an older
Amish woman quilting in the grandparent’s house. She was very sweet and fun to chat
Toby also drove the tractor that pulled the wagon for the Farm Wagon Tour.
The Farm Wagon Tour included a drive out to a refurbished old Amish schoolhouse. We got to go inside and
learn a bit about how the Amish schools work. The tour also included information about the
houses and buildings on the greater area of the property. It lasted approximately 25 minutes.
The horse and buggy ride lasted about 10 minutes. The buggy was driven by
Toby, who also happens to be our tour guide, Fannie Mae’s, father. Toby was very
friendly and answered our questions as we enjoyed a leisurely buggy ride around the farm.
The kids loved the buggy ride. Now they want their own wagon and pony!
The traditional thresher’s dinner was served in the thresher’s
barn. It was a delicious meal that left us completely stuffed!
Apparently, the men used to go from farm to farm helping each other with the threshing, and the women would
serve huge meals to refuel the men for the hard work. Hence, the Thresher’s
meal. We got to choose 2 meats out of 4, and we chose the broasted chicken and
the ham. Then they serve you family style and bring out a bunch of sides, like green
beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, pickles, beef and noodles, etc. You can ask for them to bring out seconds
of anything, but we could barely eat the first round! They had 9 or 10 delicious
pies and cakes to choose form for dessert. We each got something different, and
everything was fabulous!
Amish Acres also has a round barn theatre that hosts some great musicals and theater
productions. We didn’t have time to attend any on this trip, but we talked to some people that had attended
and said it was top of the line.
We ate at the soda fountain and fudge shop on our way out. The old
fashioned sodas and floats were fabulous! We were stuffed from the meal still, so
we didn’t buy fudge. But you can get free samples! You don’t need to buy tour
tickets to go to the Fudge shop and soda fountain, the restaurant in the thresher’s barn, and the meat and
Make sure you give yourself 4-5 hours to tour the farm
properly. We were rushed a bit because we chose to eat first and finished at 2,
which limited our tour times significantly. They stop tours around 4:30 and
5, and close up shops a bit later. But the restaurant is open a few hours
Overall, it was an excellent day for everyone. It was a great learning experience for both
kids and adults, and a lot of fun too!
1600 W Market St, Nappanee, IN 46550