|Stone's Tavern 1964||Stone's Tavern Today|
Hello and welcome!
Stone's Trace Historical Society
"To give the past a future" since 1964.
Stone's Tavern was built when General Mad Anthony Wayne and his men widened an Indian trail north and west of Fort Wayne to make wagon travel possible. Stone's Tavern was one of Noble County's first "commercial" structures. Built by the fourth white settler in Noble County, Richard Stone, the now restored Tavern was opened for travelers in 1839. The tavern was the center of activity for quilting bees, town meetings, post office, stagecoach stop, jury room, jail, dance hall and rest stop for the weary traveler or drover.
The Stone's Trace Historical Society was founded in April, 1964. In 1965, Mr. Graydon Blue, a local druggist, convinced the owner, Mrs. Mary Slagle, that he could save the original Stone's Tavern building. Mrs. Slagle donated the tavern and three acres of land to the Stone's Trace Historical Society.
Stone's Trace Regulators, a group interested in re-creating the pre-1840 pioneer era, was formed to carry on the tradition of remembering and reenacting early Indiana history and rendezvous events. Each year, at festival time, a trading village with primitive camp reenactors springs up at the south end of the festival grounds to give guests a glimpse of life prior to occupation by the settlers. Civil War reenactors, both Confederate and Union, set up their camps at the North end of the grounds. It is a special treat when they fire the cannon!
5111 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767
On US 33, The Lincoln Highway, which is an Indiana State Scenic Byway and part of the original 1913 Lincoln Highway route.
The property is a couple miles South of Ligonier Indiana, between Ligonier and Kimmel Indiana.
Information concerning DONATIONS of funds, time or property or for MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS to the Stone's Trace Historical Society or to the Stone's Trace Regulators can be obtained from;
If you would like to rent the Stone's Trace grounds for your event, the suggested donation is:
Birthday, Picnic or Reunion: $25 per day.
Wedding: $100 per day.
The renting party is responsible for clean up after the event.
The Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau
It is the kind support and donations by our friends that make it possible for Stone's Trace to exist. Please consider donating to help with the preservation, new projects and maintenance of this National Historic site, that, although located right here in our small community, draws visitors from everywhere.
Your donation can be any amount and you can specify that it be used for a particular project, like the Gramling Cabin reconstruction on the Stone's Trace site.
God Bless you!
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