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Mammoth Mushrooms & Waterfall: 1934 World’s Fair Flair

Giant Mushroom at Krider World's Fair Gardens in Middlebury, Indiana

Middlebury holds Krider World's Fair Gardens, a replica of the 1934 Chicago attraction! Look for the 10 foot mushroom, the working waterwheel, and more.

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Eby’s Pines Campground in Bristol

Eby's Pines Campground in Bristol, Indiana Exterior of the Comfy Cabin

The boys and I were eager for a chance to get away together while Daddy was working horribly long hours. We felt like doing something fun–while also covering a small Hoosier town we hadn’t yet visited. So, we stayed at Eby’s Campground in Bristol, Indiana. Eby’s Campground in Bristol There are different campsite options at Eby’s Campground. I love choices! Campsite locations range …

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Yup’s Dairyland in Middlebury

Yup's Dairyland in Middlebury, Indiana Exterior

Yup's Dairyland in Middlebury, Indiana has been in business for more than fifty years. Locals heartily recommend the Topsy Turvey, an upside-down split!

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Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury: Rental and Retail

Pumpinvine Cyclery in Middlebury, Indiana Bike Rentals

Spencer Short was  preparing to accept a corporate bicycle-related job and move to Michigan. Instead, he bought Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury, Indiana–and the very next day he found out he was going to become a father! That was back in 2011, and judging by the size of the well-stocked shop, it appears that his decision to take on the small business was …

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Images from Cook’s Pizza in Wakarusa, Indiana

Cook's Pizza in Wakarusa, Indiana

Years ago though it was, I can still almost taste the excellent stromboli sandwiches we had at this Elkhart County restaurant! To say they were memorable is a bit of an understatement.

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The Signs and Murals of Nappanee, Indiana

Murals in Nappanee, Indiana

No matter where you look in Nappanee, Indiana, you are sure to come across one of several vintage signs adorning more than one or two buildings.

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American Legion in Nappanee, Indiana: Architecturally Stunning

Nappanee, Indiana: American Legion

Roaming around downtown Nappanee, Indiana, little Indiana and hubs stumbled onto an amazing building: the local American Legion.

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Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa: Embalming Table

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana: The Embalming Table

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana was the first time anyone ever said, "Hey! You want to see the embalming table in the basement?"

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Guided Home and Farm Tour at Amish Acres Images From Nappanee, Indiana

Amish Acres: Nappanee, Indiana

Take the Guided Home and Farm Tour at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana and you'll get a peek at Old Order Amish life back in the 1800's.

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Wakarusa, Indiana: Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

Quilt Gardens: Wakarusa, Indiana

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail are a symbol that represent the community. From the damaging effects of a late-season 2007 tornado in Nappanee to celebrating a cultural heritage found in the Amish and Potawatomie Indians, the first settlers of the area, to the "hat tip" found in the garden of Middlebury (appreciation for the many volunteers who make it all possible), the Quilt Gardens create the ties that bind a community together.

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