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My name is Jessica Nunemaker and I am little Indiana.

Wife and mom to two boys, aged 7 and 3 years old, this is most definitely a family adventure.

I receive a high volume of email–which I love and appreciate. I save them all. Some questions are asked quite often so, without further ado: the answers to your questions.

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. I cannot verify everything I receive and 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

Is that really you on PBS?

Is that really you on PBS?

Yes indeedy! I’m taller online. Kidding aside, I host a little Indiana segment on PBS’ The Weekly Special.

 

It’s a magazine-style show that airs state-wide where I do what I do best: uncover places to stay, play, and eat in small Indiana towns! If I can find a sponsor, I could have my very own full-length little Indiana show! So–anyone have any rich uncles or aunts?

little Indiana and Husband, Jeremy Nunemaker, on the PBS Set

little Indiana and Husband, Jeremy Nunemaker, on the PBS Set

What do you consider a small town?

What do you consider a small town?

little Indiana and family will visit any Indiana town as long as it fits our 15,000 people or less benchmark.

With over 3,000 small towns in Indiana, I had to draw the line somewhere!

I Ate This

I Ate This

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, you can also see a listing of every single town I have visited.

You will also find a regular series that features an Indiana blogger every week, a guide to small town farmers’ markets, and lists of Indiana town festivals and events, small Hoosier wineries, pumpkin patches and apple orchards–even Christmas tree farms.

Yes, These are Real Pumpkins

Yes, These are Real Pumpkins

Why don't I see business hours for these small town shops and restaurants?

Why don't I see business hours for these small town shops and restaurants?

Once you start exploring these small towns, you will quickly see that hours change a lot! Many places change their business hours seasonally. If someone goes on vacation or closes on Fair Week, has later hours some days of the week or just decides to leave early every Tuesday, well, these are all things that I would not be able to keep up with. 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.

I think it would be easier to find what I need if you organized your site with _____.

I think it would be easier to find what I need if you organized your site with _____.

I appreciate the suggestion but the trouble is…those things cost a lot of money!

If you need a mapping function and want to know where the small town places are that I have visited right around you, I would suggest you look into the little Indiana smartphone travel app!

I’m really proud of the way this app came together. You can instantly see where I have been as well as any recommendations I may have. It costs a $1 so, you know, it’s not going to break the bank, either.

little Indiana App Mapping Example (for iPhone/iPad and Android)

little Indiana App Mapping Example (for iPhone/iPad and Android)

Do you write little Indiana alone?

Do you write little Indiana alone?

As a matter of fact, I do! I take all the photos and do all the writing on little Indiana. My husband is the navigator or else this would probably be called little Canada!

It’s really turned into a way of life.

Me, Researching

Me, Researching

Can I help you take photos or write articles for little Indiana?

Can I help you take photos or write articles for little Indiana?

I really appreciate the offer, but little Indiana is a one (wo)man show.

 

Jessica Nunemaker is little Indiana

Jessica Nunemaker is little Indiana

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.

I promise you that I would never do that.

If I Haven't Been There, It Won't Appear on little Indiana

If I Haven’t Been There, It Won’t Appear on little Indiana

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

How can I get it listed?

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

How can I get it listed?

If it’s a matter of adding it to a list article, please send your informationmy way! Otherwise, nothing goes up on little Indiana unless I have personally visited your establishment. Please, let 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?

My Family

My Family

Do you get paid for little Indiana?

Do you get paid for little Indiana?

Not exactly. I do offer (very) inexpensive and stress-free advertising on little Indiana. You can read all about that right here on little Indiana Businessesbut for the most part, these trips come out of my pocket.

Of course, there are times when I am hosted by a town, but not every town has the budget for that (or even a tourism department).

little Indiana is a labor of love and something I feel compelled to do.

Lantz House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Centerville, Indiana

Lantz House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Centerville, Indiana

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!

There are Amazing Things to be Found in Small Towns!

There are Amazing Things to be Found in Small Towns!

How long have you been writing your website?

How long have you been writing your website?

little Indiana went “live” on September 2, 2009–twelve days before our second son was born.

Now I update at least two times a day, every day. That equals (at the minimum) 52 posts a month! Wowza. It’s funny to think when I began that three posts a week was tough!

You could say I’ve upped my travels–and my writing speed!

little Indiana in September of 2009

little Indiana in September of 2009

Why do you refer to your husband as Hubs and your kids as Kid 1 and Kid 2?

Why do you refer to your husband as Hubs and your kids as Kid 1 and Kid 2?

I am just paranoid enough to refrain from using images of my children–and I do not use their actual names at all. If I’ve met you in person, it’s not a secret, but the internet is larger than our small towns.

Rather than have to write “my husband, Jeremy Nunemaker” or “Jeremy, my husband” in every post, I decided that “hubs” gave you enough info to know who I mean without adding in a bunch of repetitive wording. I’ve since changed the wording on most posts to label my husband with his first name.

Kid #1 and Kid #2

Kid #1 and Kid #2 Exploring in a Small Town

How did you get into writing? Have you always been a writer?

How did you get into writing? Have you always been a writer?

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. The trouble is…I don’t do creative writing.

My favorite writing was the kind that involved papers or essays. Anything but fiction! Silly as it may sound, it never crossed my mind that I could do anything with it.

Years passed and one day I got involved in a travel website. They were giving away a free trip to their most active member. I got to work! I received a phone call saying that I was chosen as the “member of the month” and I was also offered a writing job!

I kept hearing that I needed a blog, a place of my own that someone hadn’t gone over with a red pen. To find out how I got the idea for little Indiana, please watch the video on little Indiana below.

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Privacy Policy

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11 comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker

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

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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,
    Jennifer

  5. Jessica Nunemaker

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

  6. (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.

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

  8. 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 http://www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com.

    Thanks! Marc

  9. 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!)

  10. 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!

  11. 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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