History of Amish Acres and Amish Society
One of the World's most Facinating Cultures is Rich in History
Often misunderstood and confused with other small sects, the Amish history is sorted into fact and fiction. With roots firmly planted in the Reformation, the Amish remain a success story that has stood the test of time arriving before the Revolution in Pennsylvania to escape persecution in Europe in startling ways. Indiana has become the second largest Old Order Amish settlement in America. The first Amish settlers in Indiana settled on farms surrounding what is now Nappanee.
Amish Acres Personal Remembrances and Anecdotes.
Acres Original Plan Notes
Richard Pletcher's original hand written outline of the dream for Amish Acress as presented to the board of directors.
Acres Original Restoration Schedule
Richard Pletcher's original hand written outline of the restoration needs of Amish Acres.
A secular view of the historic events that eventually led to today's Amish Society.
A timetable of developments from the beginning of recorded history.
Sources of publications about the Amish society.
Beginning with the Reformation forward to contemporary society.
Frequently asked questions about Amish Society.
Names and terms related to Anabaptism, Amish, horse farming, 19th century household and farm terms.
for Children and Students
Bibliography for younger guests.
Potowatomi Indiana chief who sought to live peacefully among his new white neighbors.
Heritage of Nappanee
One of the country's woodworking centers.
Main & Market Streets
An Indiana Main Street Program through The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The history of the Pletcher family, founders of historic Amish Acres.
Co-founder of Amish Acres dies at age 89.
Forerunner village of Nappanee.
History of the horse-drawn school buggy.
Celebrated 125 years in 2000; Nappanee's first church.
Pioneer of Elkhart County: A family history.
Perhaps Indiana's first Amish settler, Barbara Stahly's headstone has been preserved and replaced.
Detailed drawings of the milk and mail trains through Nappanee in the early 20th century
Guard shed from B&O Railroad at Nappanee
Saved from destruction, the crossing guard station now sits at the corner of two lanes proudly guarding its intersection as it was designed to do.