Here is the backstory of why we moved to a little tiny town.
After our children were grown, we wanted to move closer to my husband’s family since we had lived in Florida for our whole marriage. Recently my parents no longer lived in Florida, they went back to North Carolina to care for my aging grandmother and most of my immediate family no longer lived in the vicinity of the town we lived in Florida, so we decided we needed a change.
We moved to South Bend, Indiana and we started out in a little duplex that we renovated (we still own it and rent both sides out), then we moved to the historic area and bought an adorable 1920s bungalow which we remodeled and added a kitchen with a copper farmhouse sink. We became friends with the sweet family that bought it once we purchased Selah Pines and it just felt like all was meant to be. (This amazing family actually came out to the Farmhouse when it was still in the major renovation phase, so we will have to invite them back again soon).
Back to the reason we moved away…It’s simple.
We wanted quiet, we wanted space and we wanted nature to surround us.
We got it all plus more. BUT why Shipshewana in particular?
This little town captured our hearts when we went to the Shipshewana Corn Maze back in October 2016, I casually mentioned to my husband that “one day I would love to move to a small little town like Shipshewana.” He went online and found this property that had 2 acres and the home was in such bad shape, that we would be paying for just the property the house was FREE ;).
Sounds like a crazy idea to buy such an eye sore, but we were just that crazy!
We wanted to live in Shipshewna and we wanted to live in our own Farmhouse, Selah Pines.
Shipshewana is a town that has a population of 680 the last time I looked it up and it only has about 5 streets with maybe 3 stoplights. It looks like someone took a town and dropped it right into the middle of cornfields.
On the 5 streets you can find amazing antique shops and all kinds of odds and ends. You will see Amish buggies and families everywhere. It’s the home to the Blue Gate theatre and restaurant which hosts many wonderful plays and musical talents along with great food.
Shipshewana also has a weekly flea market and farmer’s market that draws people from all over. Also, just this year (2018) the MEC center was built and it has an indoor arena and a huge pavilion that hosts Markets for antiques and other wonderful events. What an amazing place to call home!
So, we live off the beaten path for sure, but we get the best of both worlds, we can run into town and buy fresh meat and cheese, but we don’t have to hear the hustle and bustle of a city or worry about an HOA (not that there is anything wrong with that, but we craved a simpler, quiet life).
That’s why we chose Shipshewana, or maybe Shipshewana chose us?
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”~Albert Einstein