Your group will start the day at the Winona History Center which is located in Westminster Hall on the campus of Grace College.
This building was originally the Westminster Hotel, which served as one of several hotels built in the early 1900’s to lodge the many guests that flocked to Winona Lake through the years. The west wing of the first floor, which houses the museum’s displays, was the location of the recording and business offices of gospel music pioneer Homer Rodeheaver.
In addition to highlighting Rodeheaver’s legacy, the museum includes exhibits on the Chautauqua movement in Winona,
its legendary Bible conferences, and evangelist Billy Sunday.
Your group will see thousands of documents, recordings, and letters from Winona’s rich past.
Next the group will travel 2 blocks away to see the Billy Sunday Home. As a former professional baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs), Billy Sunday inspired millions with a captivating mixture of theatrics, humor, and hellfire.
His widow, “Ma” Sunday, continued to live in the family home until her death in 1957.You will be able to visit their well-preserved home and hear heartwarming tales about this special family.
Your group will have lunch lakeside at the upscale-casual Boathouse Restaurant. Located on the shores of Winona Lake, this fine dining establishment offers an extensive menu ranging from soups and sandwiches to Italian and steak entrees.
After lunch, your group will spend time exploring the Village at Winona. This is a thriving arts community nestled on the shores of beautiful Winona Lake. Come for a day of shopping, dining and fun. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find a delightful array of original artwork and handmade gifts along with a variety of dining options. This truly is your hidden jewel to discover. There are so many shops you won’t be able to finish them all in a morning. You will need the afternoon, too, as there are over 20 Victorian homes that have been converted into quaint shops to keep you browsing for hours. You won’t have to hunt long to uncover a wealth of treasure in this little village.
Your group will then travel to Oakwood Cemetery. Founded in 1874, Oakwood Cemetery is located at the corner of Maple and Sheridan streets in the north part of Warsaw, overlooking beautiful Pike Lake. This cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Warsaw. Warsaw’s early burial site was about two acres southeast of the center of town near a tamarack swamp. The property was deeded to the town in 1848 by Richard L. Britton for the purpose of providing a public burying ground. That small plat of ground became overcrowded, and in 1874 the Town of Warsaw purchased what is now known as Oakwood Cemetery on the east shore of Pike Lake for $2,000 from Dr. Jacob Boss. Coincidentally, Dr. Boss was the first person buried in Oakwood Cemetery on August 6, 1874.Your group will be able to see the grave sites of where well-known former residents are buried such as Homer Rodeheaver,Viginia Asher and Virgil and Blanche Brock.
* Notice: This portion of the tour will only work if your group is traveling in multiple cars, by van or small bus.
If your group is traveling by motorcoach bus, they will be able to drive into the cemetery to the office but not any further.
They will have to unload and walk.
Your group will then make there next discovery enjoying a guided tour of the Warsaw Biblical Gardens as they walk through biblical times among the plants, flowers, trees, and herbs. This garden of biblical plants was started in 1986 and has since grown to be the third largest of its kind in the United States, offering more species of plants than any other with the exception of the Holy Lands.
The gardens are comprised of six microclimates which represent the main environments of which the Bible speaks.
Adjacent to the Warsaw Biblical Gardens is a second gardens called The Gardens of Central Park. This gardens is open to the public for self-guided tours. Signage at each bedding area details information about the plants. Your group can walk along the paths of flowering plants and enjoy the wonderful colors and seasons. At the end of your tour, each person will be given a unique treasure with a book of all the plants they have viewed and references to where they are mentioned in the Bible.
Saving the best for last! For the last stop of the day, your group will head north and travel to see camels in Milford, Indiana. That’s right, CAMELS! The farm’s name, River Jordan Camel Dairy, is named after the Jordan River, a reminder of God’s promised land. The farm is a statement of faith and a way to learn how God brings you out of the wilderness.
From the moment visitors arrive at River Jordan Camel Dairy Farm, your group will see the hairy, one-humped wonders up-close and personal. Inside the barn, they will see young calves, the milking process and learn how products are made from camel’s milk such as camel milk ice cream, lotions, soaps and even dog shampoo! Your group will leave with a small sample of lotion.
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