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Shipshewana, Indiana
"A Town Of Character"
Location of Shipshewana in LaGrange County, Indiana.
Location of Shipshewana in LaGrange County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County LaGrange
Township Newbury
 • Total 1.36 sq mi (3.53 km2)
 • Land 1.36 sq mi (3.53 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
892 ft (272 m)
 • Total 839
 • Density 615.10/sq mi (237.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 260 Exchange: 768
FIPS code 18-69480
GNIS feature ID 0443413

Shipshewana is a town in Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 658 at the 2010 census. It is the location of the Menno-Hof Amish & Mennonite Museum, which showcases the history of the Amish and Mennonite peoples.


Shipshewana was named after a local Potawatomi Indian. The Shipshewana post office was established in 1889.


According to the 2010 census, Shipshewana has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 248
1930 262 5.6%
1940 286 9.2%
1950 277 −3.1%
1960 312 12.6%
1970 448 43.6%
1980 466 4.0%
1990 524 12.4%
2000 536 2.3%
2010 658 22.8%
2020 839 27.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 658 people, 297 households, and 177 families living in the town. The population density was 557.6 inhabitants per square mile (215.3/km2). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 287.3 per square mile (110.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 297 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the town was 37.7 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 44.7% male and 55.3% female.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

  • Pajama Sale (First Saturday each February)
  • Mayfest (First Friday and Saturday each May)
  • Pumpkinvine Bike Ride (Third Saturday in June)
  • Shipshewana Antique Festival (First Saturday each August)
  • Camp Shipshewana Summer camp (June through August)

Museums and other points of interest

Shipshewana is perhaps most famous for its Miscellaneous and Antique Auction, held every Wednesday throughout the year. It also features the largest flea market in the midwest (Tuesday and Wednesday in season) as well as the Friday horse auction.

Yoder's Dutch Country Store.

Although a very small town, Shipshewana is home to numerous antique and country-style decor shops and restaurants, especially with a strong Amish flavor. Attractions in Shipshewana include the Shipshewana Flea Market, Menno-Hof Amish History Museum , Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre, The Davis Mercantile, Yoder's Department Store, Over 105 Specialty Stores in the Downtown Area, Hostetler's Hudson Museum and many events and festivals. These attractions, the Amish culture and the natural beauty of the area draw approximately 1.2 million visitors each year. Shipshewana is the only Indiana site listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Parks and recreation

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.


Weaver Furniture Sales.

In 2014, the Shipshewana-LaGrange County Convention and Visitor's Bureau commissioned a CERTEC study to gauge the impact of tourism. According to that study the tourism and travel industry contributed nearly $137.2 million to the LaGrange County economy in 2013.


The town is served by the Westview School Corporation, in nearby Topeka.

Shipshewana has a public library, a branch of the La Grange County Public Library.

See also

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