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Shipshewana Featuring Menno-Hof Cultural Center


 After arriving in Shipshewana (I’ve been to Shipshewana before) one of the first places we stopped was in a Fabric Store, Cotton Corner. At first we weren’t sure to go in because it wasn’t clearly marked that the store was open and it didn’t look lit up but inside was a totally different story. The whole store is well put together, machines up front fabric in the back and even had seating for the husbands (or at least that’s what I always think it’s for). As a warning though this shop is on the luxury end, which you wouldn’t think for the area, so things are pricy. 


 Then right by the Cotton Corner was Yoders the “famous” fabric store in the area. Going in it sort of looks like a general store, there are hats and shoes and even toys (pictured above) so you think all the fabric around would be cheap but that isn’t exactly the case. It seems like recently they’re been getting higher priced things in. If you’re looking for a deal I’d instead recommend Spectors Dry Goods Store


Then the antiques shop. This place is huge, especially for such a small town as Shipshewana, and it isn’t one of those junk places either the things they offer are quite nice. There’s old toys, lamps, sewing machines, as well as plenty of quilts and furniture. 


After that we went on to the Davis Mercantile Building (also known as tree mall), of course walking past all the fish ponds and flowers along the way. The candy store was of course fantastic, and I was especially loving the shops in the basement, specifically this fabric store that had the best baby materials. Plus the women’s sign for the restroom was too funny. 


The last thing we did (after stopping in at Yoder’s Meat and Cheese) was to check out the Menno-Hof Cultural Center. Expecting tours to be free, we walked in and paid $6 each for the shortened tour, but figured it wouldn’t be too bad. The first thing was an introduction video saying we’d learn about the differences between the different religions and some little basic facts. Since I review so many amish books, I was of course interested in this.  After that we went into a tornado room and learned about how much the Mennonites help people (which felt like some sort of bragging thing) before going to the church room. Then we watched what felt like a recruitment video, before going into a setup that was meant to be like a traditional Amish home. This was literally the only educational thing about the tour, and I sort of question the accuracy.

Overall I felt like we should have gotten our money back from the Menno-Hof Cultural Center. They didn’t help me in any way to understand the difference between the Mennonites or Amish and I had to waste about an hour and a half watching Mennonite recruitment videos. Out of all the things I’ve done at Shipshewana I think this is the only one I wouldn’t recommend. 


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