Amish Acres in Nappanee will continue as a tourist attraction, new owners say

NAPPANEE — The Amish Acres complex that put this small city on the map will continue as a tourist attraction for the foreseeable future.

The new owners of the Round Barn Theatre, Greeting Barn, restaurant, administrative offices and historic cabins — in other words, the guts of the tourism business — plan to continue using the facilities to host stage events as well as the annual arts and crafts festival but will likely be making tweaks to the business along the way.

The new owners — including former Congressman Marlin Stutzman as well as Jason Bontrager and John Kruse — paid $1.55 million for the Round Barn and other tourism-related components of the complex, narrowly outbidding local restaurateur Kurt Janowsky. “We want to build on top of the legacy,” said Stutzman, adding that music and other shows could be added to the mix.