As mentioned in our previous post, we had learned about the audio driving tour of the Heritage Trail while we were at Entegra and after doing some research, we were eager to take the tour. It turned out to be quite informative with lots of interesting historical facts about each attraction.
On Tuesday, the 11th, we started our day off with breakfast at the Dutchman Eatery in Bremen, about 15 minutes away where we both had the same breakfast we did last time – Amish Scrambler for me, the Breakfast Haystack for Rob.
After that, we picked up the Heritage Trail just south of Goshen. Audio tour was quite interesting with lots of fascinating historical facts about each attraction.
One of the stops was at Coppes Commons in Nappanee which once was a furniture factory but now has numerous small shops.
On the second floor they had a cabinet museum showing models known as “Hoosiers” from the early 1900’s which was quite interesting. Coppes has a fascinating history! Having been in operation for over 150 years, Coppes is the oldest woodworking company in the United States.
Another stop on the trail was at the Wakarusa Dime Store where they sell all sorts of candy plus giant jelly beans.
At the entrance, they had samples of many of the flavors of the beans that they were selling in 1 lb. packages ($5.99). Yummy! Although we are not avid fans of jelly beans, we couldn’t resist buying three bags ($16.99) – Spicy Fruit, Tangy Watermelon and Assorted Fruit. Delish! Besides the jelly beans, they had a lot of different candy such as a gummy pizza with yummy gummy pepperoni,
Returning to Elkhart, we walked along a different section of the Riverwalk. After our walk, I called in an order to Andy’s Place (got very good reviews, located right next to Kroger’s) for a 12 piece bucket of broasted chicken and 1 order of wedges. Run by an elderly Asian couple. Reviewers were right, it was very good chicken. We would definitely order take out from there again.
Bonneville Mill was one of the stops on the Heritage Trail which we visited on October 13th.
Very scenic especially against the backdrop of brightly colored autumnal leaves. Outside was a garden of gorgeous dahlias which were still blooming.
We had decided that we wanted to buy a small 1 lb. bag of grits which unfortunately they didn’t have so on another day we returned to buy some grits. While there, we saw a demo at the mill where we learned that the grinding stones last 200 years.
After another breakfast at Callahans, we picked up the audio for the trail again, driving down Route 4 towards Goshen. One of the more disappointing stops was at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen. The building was built in 1896 as home of the Cosmo Buttermilk Soap Co.
It later was used by the Chicago-Detroit Bag Co., which produced items ranging from burlap sacks to candy wrappers. After that factory closed in the early 1980s, it was turned into a shopping, entertainment and eatery complex. I say it was disappointing to us because we are not shoppers and were not interested in the eating or in the entertainment aspects of the complex.
When we left that stop, we drove through town, stopping at the Court House. On the corner of Main and Lincoln in courthouse square is an octagonal concrete structure, no bigger than one of those old fashioned photo booths. In the early 1930s, John Dillinger and his gang had already raided and robbed their way through much of the surrounding area as they travelled along the Transcontinental Lincoln Highway. This tiny booth incorporated bullet-proof glass and ports for guns at the windows, ensuring a round-the-clock police presence in the area. How interesting!
Finally on October 20th, our repairs were completed and we headed for our next destination. Excellent job by the staff at S & S Repair!
Since we wanted to make it to S & S to get a status, our last stop was at Lambrights – we wanted to check out their swivel dinette chairs ($395). If we special ordered them it would take 17 weeks but we could buy a couple off the floor. They didn’t have putty which would match our existing furniture but the ones we could buy were a slightly different color but would probably match okay. Our old chairs would be donated to local families. We decided to wait until Monday to drop off the old ones and pick up the new ones.
Weather has been cold the past few days. In fact, it snowed one night during our stay but fortunately no accumulation. Highs in the 50’s, lows in the 40’s. Next week highs will be in the high 40’s. BRRRR!