Touring the Oliver Mansion in South Bend, IN with my husband’s nephew, Marc.
The Oliver Mansion library and study.
The patented “Oliver” plow that made the mansion possible.
“The Stone House” Christmas Shop is part of Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana.
Cute chickens in Amish Acre’s parking lot.
Inside the Christmas Shop.
Barb Kaiser has worked for the Christmas Shop for five years and says she loves her job. “The store is open year ’round,” says Barb, “except during January and February.”
Many of Christmas Shop items are handmade by local artists. However, they are not made by Amish. According to Christmas Shop employee, Barb Keiser, the Amish that make handicrafts sell them from their homes instead of through merchants.