Stone's Tavern 1964 Stone's Tavern Today

Hello and welcome!
Stone's Trace Historical Society
 "To give the past a future" since 1964.


Home of Stone's Tavern Inn National Historic Site
and the Annual Stone's Trace Festival of Early American Settler and Pioneer Life and Crafts.

Home of the Stone's Trace Regulators
and the Annual Stone's Trace Regulators Rendezvous and Primitive Camp.
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NEW for 2014!
FREE Artisan Workshops - Watch Demonstrations, Join the Fun, Learn a new skill or craft! Activities will be available for all ages, adults and children.

Four Summer 2014 Workshop dates, Sundays, 1p to 4p: May 4, June 1, July 13 & August 3.

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.

Due to it's huge size for the time it was built and it's location along the well traveled trail, it quickly became an early 1800's area landmark and, since 1984, it has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is also listed in the Indiana State DNR Historic Register.

The building was operated as a tavern from 1839 until about the time of the Civil war when it was sold. At the time of the sale, both Ligonier Indiana and Wolf Lake Indiana were growing towns and each had a new hotel. The value of the tavern was lost and it was then used as a home and later as a barn.

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.

When the grounds and Tavern were dedicated 
"to give the past a future" on July 26, 1966,
the 184 charter society members and hundreds from the area dressed in 1800's era costumes to attend the ceremonies and basket dinner.
The first "official" Stone's Trace Pioneer Crafts Festival was held July 21 & 22, 1973.

Today the Tavern is open throughout the Summer every Sunday from 1p to 4p EST, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, during the Annual Pioneer Festival which occurs the weekend after Labor Day, for Special Events and for the Hearthside Dinner event that is served inside twice every year.

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;
Historical Society:  Janet Sweeney  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Regulators:           Thad Stern This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.


For additional information, contact Mrs. Janet Sweeney 260.856.2666 
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about The Great American Road Trip Weekend in Noble County, Indiana, visit our friends at
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.
Thank you!
God Bless you!

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