Shipshewana, Indiana

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Shipshewana is a town in Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 536 at the 2000 census. It is the location of the Menno-Hof Amish & Mennonite Museum, which showcases the history of the Amish and Mennonite peoples.

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Geography

Shipshewana is located at 41°40′37″N 85°34′48″W / 41.67694°N 85.58°W / 41.67694; -85.58.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²). 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²)

Description

Shipshewana and LaGrange counties are home to the "plain people": Mennonite and Amish. Their influence contributes to Shipshewana's unique small town atmosphere, which is also characterized by quaint downtown buildings, quality schools, a gracious park, a library of distinction, and a respect for people of faith, all of which are highly valued by its many long time residents.

The community also is generally well-maintained; trees and flowers adorn the streets. Holiday decorations reflect the Christian values during the Christmas season, and are a source of pride for many Shipshewana residents. Most businesses are closed in the evenings and on Sundays, reflecting the Mennonite-Amish tradition of strong family values and close ties within the community.

Shipshewana is perhaps most famous for its Miscellaneous and Antique Auction, held every Wednesday throughout the year. It also features flea markets (Tuesday and Wednesday in season) as well as the Friday horse auction. Shipshewana is the only Indiana site listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

The town is served by the Westview School Corporation, in nearby Topeka, home of the Westview Warriors. The town maintains a park system, including a soccer field complex, softball/baseball diamonds, and a general park/playground adjacent to the Wolfe Building on Morton Street.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 536 people, 235 households, and 149 families residing in the town. The population density was 582.7 people per square mile (224.9/km²). There were 251 housing units at an average density of 272.9/sq mi (105.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.57% White, 0.37% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

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