Amish Acres

Amish Acres® Historic Farm and Heritage Resort is Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is America's most complete Amish heritage experience featuring historic interpretation, culinary and performing arts, lodging, and shopping.

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Location: Nappanee, Indiana, United States

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Groups Today Selects Amish Acres as a Top Attraction in the Midwest

Groups Today, a respected tourism industry publication designed for group tour planners, presents Readers' Choice Awards each year as voted on by its subscribers. The 2013 winners were recently announced in the November issue of the trade publication.

The voting is broken down into categories that include top national and regional destinations, attractions, hotels, restaurants, and cruise lines for group travel.

Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana received honorable mention in the Midwest Attraction Awards category and was the only Indiana property selected within any of the categories. Midwest Attractions were headed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In addition to Amish Acres, honorable mentions went to Navy Pier, Cedar Point, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

The Midwest Destination Marketing Organization winner was Explore Branson followed by Circle Michigan, visit Milwaukee, Circle Wisconsin, and Real Racine.

Shopping Mall of America lead the shopping destinations over Navy Pier, Woodfield, Illinois, Lodi Station Outlets, Ohio, and Bayshore Town Center, Wisconsin.

Chicago lead all Midwest Destinations with honorable mention going to South Dakota, Holland, Michigan, Door County and Racine, Wisconsin.

Southern attractions were lead by Biltmore Estate, Graceland, Magnolia Plantation, Crystal Bridges Museum, and Natchez Pilgrimage. Western Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, Universal Studios Hollywood, Albuquerque Balloon fiesta, and the Cody Stampede Rodeo represented the Western group destinations.

Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, Gettysburg, the Newseum, and Cog Railway highlighted Eastern attractions of interest to the group tour market.

"We are honored to represent Indiana in Groups Today's annual Readers' Choice Awards for 2013," said Richard Pletcher, Founder/CEO, of the historic farm and heritage resort," It encourages us to know we are appreciated by those who choose to travel across the country by motor coach," said. The 130 year old Amish farmstead has been under the ownership of Amish Acres and the Pletcher family since 1968. All of the original buildings have been preserved and restored for the purpose of interpreting Amish society through education, enlightenment and entertainment.

The farm's Round Barn Theatre has presented the 1955 Broadway musical Plain & Fancy for twenty seven years and become the show's national home. The theatre has produced over 100 additional Broadway musicals over the last decade and a half. The centerpiece of the attraction is the original farmstead that has been lived on by three generations of the same Amish family. Guided tours, documentary films, family style meals, and domestic crafts and shops surround the farmstead. Two country inns make Amish Acres a destination for those touring northern Indiana and the Midwest.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This is a First!

After sitting in this chair responding to customers complaints and compliments for four and a half decades, I thought I had seen it all. I was wrong. Read on.
Dear Amish Acres Restaurant,
My husband and I attended your Amish Acres Festival yesterday.  I was so disappointed after driving for 2 ½ hours to find that the cost of the Thresher Dinner is 19.95!!  
Come on now.. seriously… who can eat $19.95 worth of fried chicken/taters / etc??        
I realize that the price of food keeps going up .. but that price is ridiculous.  Gas prices are outrageous enough, then to find out the food prices are extreme also......what a disappointment. 
We drove from Indy and the family style fried chicken restaurants around here charge only 16.95 to 18.95 for the same kind of meal.  I realize this is only a few bucks.. but it is enough to make me not buy your over-priced meal.  Why charge a person so much for something they cannot even consume?
Why not lower your price a little to make this an affordable meal???   I don’t pay that much for a steak dinner at an exclusive restaurant.   We did not eat at your restaurant-- but most assuredly would have had the price been more reasonable and more affordable for the average family.
Dear Confused
My goodness! In all my forty five years owning Amish Acres I have never had anyone scream at me before about the price of our Threshers Dinner without having eaten it or know what is included in the price or not have the price right: It is $18.95.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

9 to 5, What a Way to Make a Living

We received a number of complaints about the uncomfortable story of 1980's chauvinism of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical. It was ironic the show was running during the sex scandal involving San Diego Mayor Bob Filner who was voted out of office by a 7-0 vote by the City Council for alleged inappropriate behavior around at least 17 women. So Dolly's observations in the 1980's still hold true some 30 years later. If the role of certain live theatre shows is not to face injustice and make its audiences uncomfortable, then we're not doing our job.

It, therefore, was refreshing to receive this letter from a patron which made our entire cast feel that their hard work was not in vain.

August 30, 2013
Please forward this e-mail to the Cast/Amber Burgess/etc.

This was, in a way, a trip back to the past for many of us who lived through those years. I never was in an office quite like this one, however I knew this sort of thing went on daily for many in the work-a-day world. I cringed at it back then as I did when you presented the show. It is good to "go back" and be reminded of how stupid people were/are.You did a very good job presenting this musical.

Timothy Leonard is so expressive when the "camera" is not on him. His face really tells a story as he goes to and fro. The choreography is so fun in this production, especially the use of hands to present a visual effect.

The Round Barn productions have almost always have casts who are very expressive when they are not the focal point. (perhaps that is a special class?) Oh, and thanks Amber for taking time to talk with us Wednesday Night after the show. I know it is time to thank the cast, but we have been looking for a chance to say Hi now that you are back in Nappanee.

Thanks for the picture we can put in our album of Round Barn favorites. We now simply have to sign up for next year! This will be year 8 or 9 for us (after 60 you tend to forget things).

As Mr. Grace always says (Are You Being Served) "You've All Done

Very Well"!....response: "Thank You Mr. Grace"!

See you in 4 1/2 weeks.

Mike and Kathy

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Good Deed

Amish Acres 51st Arts & Crafts Festival always provides plenty of opportunities to be nice to people. After all over 300 of our vendors, who come from 35 states, are away from home; not a good feeling when troubles arise. We received this letter from an outside observer.

Good morning Jenny,

It is Saturday morning and I don't want to wait a moment longer to let you know about a good deed That I witnessed last evening.

I went back to my tent after supper and as I walked along the drive from the Inn there was a huge motor home and equally huge trailer mired in the mud.

Two crafters, a husband-and-wife, I don't know their names, were attempting to help the driver move his motor home out of the mud onto the pavement. They had detached the trailer from it. I watched a few minutes and then walked on to my booth.

By the time I got back someone on your staff had arrived and the motor home had been pulled out. But the trailer remained and was not at a good angle with the road.

Having nothing else to do, I stayed and watched the rest of the activity. One of your guys used a forklift to lift the hitch area and was able to move the trailer enough so that Another man could back one of your pickup trucks to it and get it hitched.

And then success! When thanked they said that without that it would have been just any other event. All three of them appeared to enjoy the challenge of figuring out the best way to get it done.

I wish that I could tell you their names. Two were wearing your peacock blue shirts.

For that man and his wife they were truly angels in disguise. The crafter told me that they Are not in the show, just stopped to come in and see it.

Bonnie Oliver

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Named A TOP 10 Event in Indiana

America’s Tour and Travel website, , has named the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival a TOP 10 Event in Indiana. The goal of the website is to encourage travel across these United States and encourage visitors from around the world to explore all that America has to offer. The Festival is also named a Top 100 Event in the United States by the American Bus Association (ABA) for 2013; the fifth time in the last eight years. Paul F. Smith, president of, goes on to say, “Out of the hundreds of events that happen each year across Indiana—we have selected yours as one of the TOP 10 that represents your state very well. “

The Arts and Crafts Festival, among others, joins the Indianapolis 500 Festival, Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival, Jasper Strassenfest, Indiana State Fair, Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, and Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana’s Top 10 Events.

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival begins its next half century celebrating 51 years on August 1st and continues through August 4th. Over 300 artists and crafters from across the country will ply their trade and sell their wares around the historic farm’s pond. Farm wagon rides, marionettes and magic shows, famous family style Threshers Dinner in the century old barn restaurant, and guided house and farm tours intertwine the festival’s and farm’s attractions. Continuous free entertainment throughout the four days along with festive food concoctions including kettle corn, pulled pork sandwiches, and breaded Hoosier tenderloins bring a distinctive flavor to the annual event. Smith further states, “The event Amish Acres hosts every year is a vital part of the amazing culture that we maintain here in America and we are proud of all that you do.”

The America Companies created as The United States Destination Marketing Agency to promote travel within the 50 States of this union, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean. This agency works to encourage domestic travel and international visitation in the tourism and convention industry while promoting the patriotic spirit of the American culture.

For more information about Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival call 800-800-4942 or visit the website at

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nunsense A-men - a Priest's Review

We hosted protesters on our sidewalks on opening night of Nunsense, Amen; a group of men and boys who were carrying signs that said, "The End is Near. Repent". The police kept them moving for several hours. Upon querry, none of the group had ever been to The Round Barn Theatre nor seen Nunsense, Amen. Obviously to them, dressing five me as Catholic nuns and presenting a humorus story about them was sacriledgus to the protesters, assured that they were standing in for every good Catholic. They just never met Father Bob.

Bremen, Indiana
June 17, 2013

My Dear Brothers (“Sisters?”)!

May the Lord’s blessings continue to bring you Heaven’s peace and prosperity as you all continue bringing us His great joy and hope!

Seriously? You guys are awesome! You nailed- not only the sisters’ costumes (and songs), but also their mannerisms and that distinct way all nuns seem to talk! Wow! I don’t know which of you impressed us the most!

Mr. Smith- your scene- (“sin?” hahaha) with Sister Marionette was brilliant and your country twang was just beautiful! You need to make your own Nashville Album!

Mr. Morris! You can really dance! And your ability to stay in character (and hold those low notes!) really sold the whole show!

Oh my gosh! Mr. Littlejohn! “Holier than Thou” is my my favorite song from the whole work- and you nailed it! I’ll be singing that for weeks now! Plus, your willingness to draw the whole audience up onto the stage really brought the entire theater to life!

Mr. Jackson! I have never been to a performance before where the actors actually made eye contact with the audience- but you do! And that’s awesome! You make everybody feel like an important part of the production. But… I felt the worst for you! You had to do all the same dancing as everybody else, but your shoes look a lot less comfortable… :( a real sister would say, “Offer it up!” J You’ll certainly “get your reward in Heaven!”

And Mr. Scott! Ha! It sure was hot- when you got us all laughing so hard that our sides were splitting!!! It may be hard to be a “Reverend Mother,” but there isn’t anybody who wouldn’t want to join your group! (If I had more free time, I’d audition at Amish Acres!) (As it is- I’ll just have to get me some season tickets.)

And the music! Give those guys bonus checks! Mr. Brennan didn’t make one mistake in three hours! Wow! If that’s not magnifying the talents God gave you I don’t know what is!

Anywho- Here’s something for Sister Mary Amnesia- Paul: as a (real) Priest, I get all kinds of… stuff… in the mail- (you donate to one monastery and look!) – I thought maybe you all would use it for quiz prizes in future shows?

And if you ever get any time to sit around a fire and relax this summer, here’s some Smore makin’s. If not- Sorry- you can eat everything individually!

And I’m just a town away- if any of you ever need a Priest for anything, just let me know! Our office line here is 546-3601. I can’t wait to get over to the Acres again to see you all real soon! Many

Thanks! Much love! Every Blessing!
Fr. Bob

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Amish Acres Hosts Road Scholar Cycling Program This Week

Amish Acres is hosting its spring Road Scholar’s Bicycling through Amish Country program this week. The program, which draws riders from across the country, features four nights lodging in The Inn at Amish Acres plus twelve meals in the farm’s restaurant and along the routes. Participants ride 20 to 40 miles per day and enjoy the attractions at Amish Acres including The Round Barn Theatre’s 27th annual production of Plain and Fancy.
Riders are routed each day through Amish country in Elkhart and Marshall Counties, with stops at a one room school, country store, apple orchard, a quilting demonstration, buggy shop and Mennonite church. In addition Amish Acres provides all of the support along the planned routes including guides, rest stops, snacks, and fully supplied SAG wagon. They will learn the benefits of traditional farming without the use of modern equipment, see how traditional buggies and carriages are made, visit a traditional one-room Amish School to learn the ways of the Amish education system, and enjoy a professional live musical production in the majestic 1911 Round Barn Theatre. 
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