Immerse yourself in the heart of small-town life during a visit to Wakarusa. With only one stoplight and locally owned businesses inhabiting century-old buildings, you’ll experience a pace of life that can’t be faked. Here, tree-lined sidewalks guide you through the quintessential small town Indiana experience: a welcoming, hard-working community ready to show you a world far away from the hectic, crowded one waiting for you back home.


Eat Stan Cook’s sausage Stromboli served counter-side at Cook’s Pizza. You may even get a visit from Stan himself. Locals love the wings at Shortstop Inn or gathering for a cup of joe at The Garage Coffee Shop. Peanut cashew nut butter pairs perfectly with the fresh breads at Grandma’s Pantry.


Shop for candy you loved as a kid or try the world-famous jumbo jellybeans at the Wakarusa Dime Store celebrating over 100 years of sweetness. See the “wall-of-a-thousand drawers” at the 110-year-old Wakarusa Hardware and discover an unexpected surprise at the local feed store! Richmond’s Feed Store has a great selection of stylish clothes and accessories.


Explore spring-time fun piling on pancakes at the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Marvel at the miniatures of Indiana’s architectural icons at the Wakarusa Historical Museum. Gaze in wonder at the blooming bonanza in the annual Quilt Garden May 30 through September 15 and Waterford Street’s brilliantly colored sugar maples en route to the towering Pumpkin Tree in October.

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