About Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort
The Only Amish Farm Listed in The National Register of Historic Places
Experience the restoration of the Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns farmstead, the only Amish farm listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Widow Barbara Stahly and her five sons migrated from Germany to the southwest corner of Elkhart County, in 1839, making them, according to University of Chicago historian James Landing, likely the first Amish settlers in Indiana.
By 1873 son Christian had acquired eighty acres of land to build a house and barn for his son Moses. From that beginning rose the main house in 1893. Noah Nissley, his wife’s father, purchased the farm from Moses and at his retirement, in turn sold it to his son-in-law Manasses Kuhns. From the Kuhns estate the farm was purchased for the purpose of preserving the buildings and traditions of the three generations of Amish families who lived on the farm and tilled the soil.
Following a year of meticulous restoration Amish Acres opened to the public in 1970. Since then visitors have experienced life as it was and in most families continues to be lived by the Amish surrounding Nappanee.
Escape to Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana and share the heritage of these intriguing people in quiet celebration of America’s tolerance for diversity. Time stopped over a century ago and preserves, in the Amish, a way of life adhering to nearly forgotten patterns of living in today’s fast paced world. The legacy of the three generations of the family who lived here is seen and felt through a nostalgic visit to the farm and homestead.
Discover the tools and trappings of yesteryear and relax as you view the documentary films, walk the oaken floorboards of the 138 year old Amish homestead, and take a leisurely farm wagon ride around the 80 acre farm. You’ll learn the whys and ways of the Amish as your guide winds you through the twelve room white frame house, the Grossdaadi Haus, the Schwietzer bank barn and inviting outbuildings. You’ll experience the sights and sounds of a working farm, alive with barnyard hens, livestock, gardens and apple orchard.
Win This Quilt
Visit Amish Acres and register for the Commemorative Round Barn Quilt that celebrates The Round Barn Theatre building's 101st birthday. Originally built in in 1912, the majestic round barn was dismantled and moved to Amish Acres in 1996 to house Plain and Fancy, a Broadway musical written in 1955. Now over 100 musicals have bee produced on the Joseph Stein Stage, named after the show's author who went on to write his masterpiece, Fiddler on the Roof.
You can see the quilt come to life throughout the year as Joy Johnson, Amish Acres master quilter, stitches it in the Gross Daadi House. More...
Mission and Vision
The guiding principles and ethics that have been carefully followed for more than thirty years of historic preservation.
Directions and Time Zone
Directions to and from Amish Acres.
An introduction to the attractions that make Amish Acres a unique place for all ages to visit. Wheelchairs are available at the entry to Amish Acres, howerver strollers and wheelchairs cannot enter all buildings due to the historic nature of the farmstead.
History of Amish Acres and Amish Society
A wealth of knowledge indexed into a library of nearly a half century of historic preservation and cultural study
Legal Tender Hospitality Coupons to print and bring with you during your visit to Amish Acres.