Indiana: LaGrange County

LaGrange County (pop. 37,128)  is east of Elkhart County. It’s the only LaGrange County in the U.S.

The county was named for the Chateau de la Grange-Bleneau in France, east of Paris. The chateau was the home of the Marquis de Lafayette from 1802 to 1834.

The towers date from the 15th century.

The 126-mile Indiana Toll Road (part of Interstate 90) runs across the northern part of the county. The Toll Road connects the Chicago Skyway with the Ohio Turnpike.

Along with Elkhart County, LaGrange County is considered part of “Northern Indiana Amish Country.”

The county seat of LaGrange County is the town of LaGrange (pop. 2,625).

Downtown mural

The LaGrange County Courthouse was built in 1878 of red brick and Indiana limestone.

Famous for its bell tower

West of LaGrange is the town of Shipshewana (pop. 658), well-known for its manufacturers of hand-crafted Amish furniture.

Information center in Shipshewana

The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is a major annual event for quilters.

June 22-25, 2016

The Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market has antique auctions all year. The Flea Market (May to October) is the Midwest’s largest flea market.

Dating from the 1920s

The Howe Military Academy is in the unincorporated community of Howe. The academy, which dates from 1884, is a coeducational, college-preparatory boarding school for grades 7-12.

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