Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

When you first arrive in quaint little Nappanee, Indiana, the Nappanee Welcome Center is the place to get your bearings.

This Elkhart County attraction is where you can figure out your next move, your “must do,” and your plan of attack.

Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

There’s a slew of brochures just inside the front door. You’ll need them!

Here is where you will find maps to the country shops (that you really need to visit), area attractions like Amish Acres, and other nearby can’t-miss destinations, like the Wakarusa Dimestore.

Not only can you figure out your game plan, but you can browse through a little bit of Indiana history before you leave! The Nappanee Welcome Center has all sorts of Indiana history here. This town boasts a lot of neat artifacts from its early days–and from the people in the town.

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Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

There’s info about the Air Force One pilot from Nappanee, the famed cartoonist Bill Homan of “Smokey Stover” fame (and quite a few others), as well as a really unusual attraction: Hartman House.

But we weren’t exactly expecting to find an actual house inside and part of the Nappanee Welcome Center! What an unusual and very interesting feature!

You literally walk through the rooms of the furnished home to get a feel for how life would have looked in the olden days. Now that’s a unique spin on preservation–and it works. I would have loved to see the kitchen in its original form but that room is reserved for staff.

There is a lot of military items on display here. They actually have books of old letters from different people in this Indiana town, like military members. Isn’t that a neat idea? The old jail is even here.

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Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

Nappanee Welcome Center in Nappanee, Indiana

All in all, we were impressed! We weren’t expecting such a large welcome center and museum all rolled into one fantastic starting point.

Nappanee, Indiana is certainly putting its best foot forward when new visitors come to town!

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Nappanee Welcome Center
302 West Market Street
Nappanee, Indiana 46550

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