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Jessica Nunemaker is Little Indiana
Jessica Nunemaker is Little Indiana

My name is Jessica Nunemaker and I am Little Indiana.

What began as a way to highlight my writing to freelance clients has grown to become a book, Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations, which will be published by Indiana University Press in early 2016 and a regular Little Indiana segment on the Emmy award-winning PBS show The Weekly Special.

Wife and mom, to two boys, aged 10 and 6, this is most definitely a family adventure. We travel together, or just the boys and I, as often as possible. In fact, the site went live on September 2, 2009–eleven days before the birth of our second son.

I like to show that there is no “magic age” when you can travel. Start with your own backyard. See what’s there. I guarantee you’ll find more than corn. Browse the Little Indiana Festivals and Events Calendar to get started or turn to the list of Indiana towns and cities. The map will help you find your way.

As the sole operator of this large website, I highly suggest calling ahead before you head out for a festival, event, or to a small town business. Small business hours, or even location, may change but contact info is always included when possible. Use Little Indiana at your own risk!

You Asked, I Answered

What do you consider a small town?

What do you consider a small town?

Little Indiana and family consider a town places with populations of 15,000 people or less. Cities begin with 15,001 people and up. Be on the lookout for great small businesses anywhere you roam.

There is a lot here! How do I use your website?

There is a lot here! How do I use your website?

The front page is divided up by counties. If you look over on the right sidebar or the Indiana Towns and Cities tab on the header, you can also see a map and a list of every single town and city I have visited. It is further divided up by regions: north, central, and south.

More than detailed articles, there are also comprehensive compilations sharing Indiana farmer’s market locations and times, Indiana Haunted Houses, Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches, Wineries in Cities and Towns, and even Christmas Tree farms. To find them, please use the search bar above.

Why don't I see hours for these businesses?

Why don't I see hours for these businesses?

Once you start exploring these small towns, you will quickly see that hours change. Many places change their business hours seasonally. Some don’t have any set hours. If someone goes on vacation or closes on Fair Week, has later hours some days of the week or just decides to leave early when business is slow, well, these are all things that I would not be able to manage. So, I always list the phone number. Please, call ahead and find out when and if a shop, restaurant, or bed and breakfast will be open and available.

Do you write Little Indiana alone?

Do you write Little Indiana alone?

For the most part. I take all the photos and do most of the writing on Little Indiana. My husband is the navigator or else this would probably be called Little Canada. The addition of cities in 2014 led to the formation of a small team of writers and tourism representatives who occasionally post items that you will interest you. They cover the things to do right where they live and work.

Can I help you take write articles for Little Indiana?

Can I help you take write articles for Little Indiana?

Please, send an email through the contact form. Although I handle the content for small towns, I may be interested in things pertaining to the big cities of our state.

Have you really been to all of these small town shops/restaurants/museums/etc.?

Have you really been to all of these small town shops/restaurants/museums/etc.?

Absolutely! It’s just bad ethics to pretend I’ve been somewhere I’ve never been. Unless I’ve personally slept, played, eaten, or shopped at a small town business, it won’t appear on Little Indiana.

You don't have my small business on your site.

You don't have my small business on your site.

If it’s a matter of adding it to a list article, please send your information my way by using the contact form above. Otherwise, nothing goes up on Little Indiana unless I have personally visited your establishment. Tell me know about it and I will add it to my list.

Please be aware that I am the mother of two boys and a wife, so this visit won’t happen overnight. I will get there some time, just maybe not tomorrow, okay?

What's your favorite part of Little Indiana?

What's your favorite part of Little Indiana?

The best part is when I step inside somewhere or take that first bite and just think, “I can’t wait to share this with my readers.”

You may think that small towns aren’t the most exciting places but I tell you what: we have seriously seen and done more things since beginning this adventure in Fall of 2009 than I ever thought possible. Throw in the big cities and the fun is never-ending.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

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Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus. I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

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  1. Hi Jennifer, thank you for the kind comment. You are always welcome to bring Little Indiana to reader’s attention, but please, don’t copy and paste images or text. Thanks again!

  2. Dear Jessica,
    I absolutely LOVE your blog site! I found this while searching for other blogs about Indiana. I would like to share some of your stories on my blog site, especially the ones about where to “stay, play, and eat.”

  3. Jessica Nunemaker

    Thanks LeAnn! I’ve been digging into your recipes. :)

  4. Just read through this–I love it! I love the concept and it’s so cool that you’ve been writing about these places in small towns across Indiana for so long now. I look forward to reading much more on your site!!

  5. I sent you an email with the images attached. Please let me know if you didn’t receive it!

  6. Greetings Mrs. Nunemaker,

    I would love to use your image of the John Rankin house on an Underground Railroad website. How can I get permission to use this images? Is there a cost? How should the image be cited?

    Thank you,

  7. Jessica Nunemaker

    Thank you! And, wow, that sounds lovely. Thanks Charles!

  8. (The Rev) Charles H Hensel

    Nice article in the PTrib! Near the Little Calumet River in Porter Co. there is a huge undisturbed area where there are carpets of wild flowers in the Spring. Four species of Trillium, blood root, dutchmans’ britches, many colors of violets, Columbine, euthronium (dog tooth violet) and a few more. If I could so an attachment I would send you some pics.

    This little Indiana village of flowers is had to find and worth the triip.

  9. Ha ha ha! :) Consider it added.

  10. Well, I’m guessing that those chicken hearts that you’ve heard so much about are served up piping hot here in Ferdinand at Fleig’s Cafe!

    Jessica, I noticed you had the Ferdinand Folk Festival on your calendar for last year and want to make sure you have the 2013 date: September 21, 2013. More info at

    Thanks! Marc

  11. Jessica Nunemaker

    Thanks Diane! :) (and chicken livers? Well, it’s a step up from the chicken hearts I’ve heard are served at another small town place! Ha ha!)

  12. Just found your website and I love it. I’ve always been a fan of the Schnitzelbank (my husband’s parents are from Jasper). They even have fried chicken livers (I know, eeeeeoooo). I’ll check our your site again soon, when I have more time. Thanks for doing what you do – I certainly understand the “labor of love” part. You are an inspiration!

  13. This is sooooo great and what an amazing idea! I’d love to do something along these lines. Maybe I’ll get inspired!

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