4th of July in Amish Acres, IN

Celebrate an Old Fashioned Independence Day with the Amish in northern Indiana. The Amish have farmed the region around Nappanee for nearly two hundred years, with freedom to practice their religious beliefs without persecution, guaranteed by America's founders.

Amish Acres presents special Independence Day events for the whole family, with picnics, games for the kids, old fashioned home crafts, and patriotic readings. There's more than just the famous quilts to see. Visitors can see the tools and household items that help preserve the daily Amish way of life.

The washhouse features copper and iron kettles, an egg incubator, cistern pump, pie safe and dinner bell. A one-room German school house has been relocated to the property, and the Gross Daadi Haus offers a look at Amish retired life. Visit the ice house, with its foot-thick, sawdust-filled walls that insulate ice cut from ponds during the winter, or the Kuhns Cider & Grist Mill.

Take a relaxed tour of the 80-acre farm by wagon, exploring the world of three family generations dedicated to working this land. Tour the homestead, built more than 125 years ago, and the restored Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns farmstead, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

From orchards and gardens to the outbuildings that prepared them for the family's use, guests can view how life was lived in the past and still is mainly lived in the Amish community today. Amish Acres offers a look at how America's liberties have enabled this community to honor their past while living with an ever changing world.

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