Leelanau Peninsula and a Bit of Indiana
We wrapped up our stay in Michigan at Leelanau Peninsula, just outside of Traverse City near Williamsburg at a beautiful little RV Park called Everflowing Waters Campground. Loved our stay here, and even though there was no sewer hookups or dump station, we found the owner very helpful and the campground a great place to do our last bit of Michigan before heading home.
The Leelanau Peninsula is a great stop for history and more along both shore lines (Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan) and you'll want to spend more time here than we had an opportunity too. After this stop we started home with one more area on our minds before the final push, the Amish and Dutch Country of Indiana. Here's just some of the final days of our 2014 tour of history in the Upper Midwest. Hover over the images for more information and history, or click a photo to go the the associated gallery.
Greilickville, MI - West Arm Grand Traverse BayJust north of Traverse City, and home to the Traverse City Harbor is the un-incorporated community of Greilickville, Michigan. First established in 1853, it was originally known as Norristown, named after Seth and Albert Norris who established a gristmill here.
After leaving the Leelanau Peninsula, we began our final push home to Missouri, but wanted to catch a little bit of Indiana sites first. Clicking on these photos will take you to our Indiana gallery, or you can simply hover over the photos for more information and history.
Bristol, IN - Bonneyville MillThe Bonneyville Mill site dates back to 1832, but the actual Mill didn't open until 1837 (despite the historic name and date painted on it). Edward Bonney had this two and half story grist mill, sawmill and a rock damn built, then later added a horizontal turbine, which was a rare power source. He sold the mill and it's property in 1842 for $10,000. Bristol, IN - Bonneyville Mill PondThe Bonneyville Mill had numerous owners up until 1898, when Cornelius Daily and his wife Lillie purchased it. Over the next several years the Daily's improved the Mill, including the addition of a dam constructed of limestone and handmade cement. Production increased over 5,000 bushels a year with the quality of the ground buckwheat renown by the "Famous Buckwheat Flour". The Mill would stay in the family until 1962, and then in 1968 it was bought by Elkhart County Chapter of Michiana Watershed, Inc., who presented it to the Elkhart County Park and Recreation Board in 1969. The Bonneyville Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Middlebury, IN - Dutch Country Market Flower GardenDutch Country Market Flower Garden near Middlebury, Indiana provided a wonderful taste of color on our journey down the Heritage Trail Scenic Byway . Middlebury, IN - Dutch Country MarketDutch Country Market near Middlebury, Indiana. Middlebury, IN - FarmFarm near Middlebury, Indiana was typical of the landscapes we experienced on our drive along the Heritage Trail Scenic Byway. Shipshewana, IN - Amish Horse & Buggy - 3How fitting that we would find a horse and buggy sitting under the Wells Fargo sign. This was in Shipshewana along the Heritage Trail Scenic Byway. Shipshewana is the location of the Menno-Hof Amish and Mennonite Museum, and is a great draw for area tourism with quaint antique and gift shops all within easy walking distance around the small downtown area. Shipshewana, IN - Carriage RideShipshewana is home to the "Plain People (Mennonite and Amish) and is named for a local Potawatomi Indian. The first Amish settlers came here from Pennsylvania in 1844. LaGrange and Elkhart Counties are home to the second largest Amish population in America today. Shipshewana, IN - MuralWe found several colorful murals in town, along with many handcrafted items from the Amish and Mennonites for sale. This one is on the Davis Mercantile, which includes a restored 1906 Carousel. Shipshewana, IN - Amish Buggy - 2We just happened to be in town on a Thursday, which is "Saturday" for Amish. Photo by Dave Alexander. Shipshewana, IN - Autumn Display - 2Shipshewana was in full Autumn swing during our September visit. This town has a lot to see and do, including the Midwest's largest flea market, Branson Style entertainment at the Blue Gate Theatre, Hudson Auto Museum and more. Shipshewana, IN - Autumn Display Shipshewana, IN - Antique Display Shipshewana, IN - Amish BuggyAmish buggy near Shipshewana, Indiana. Nappanee, IN - Amish Acres Cider MillWe wrapped up most of our time on the Heritage Trail Scenic Byway in Nappanee where you will find another attraction worthy seeing, Amish Acres. Here you will find nine original buildings, along with some relocated buildings, ice house, cider mill and more. Amish Acres featured guided house and farm tours along with various other entertainment for a quick bit of Amish living history.
Overall, our tour of history in the Upper Midwest was fun and exhausting. We're back to the brown waters of the Lake of the Ozarks and ready to catch up after being on the road a month. See all of our travels via previous editions of the Photo Blog and be watching for additional photos coming soon to the Michigan and Indiana photo galleries.
I always like looking at pictures from my home state. Nice pictures.
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