The Nappanee Auditorium was built in 1899 at the northwest corner of Main and Market streets. Many performers came to Nappanee to perform there, and it was also one of the first places to show motion pictures in the area. This building, and many others, will be covered as part of a historic walking tour of Nappanee on Thursday. Photo Provided.
The Nappanee Auditorium was built in 1899 at the northwest corner of Main and Market streets. Many performers came to Nappanee to perform there, and it was also one of the first places to show motion pictures in the area. This building, and many others, will be covered as part of a historic walking tour of Nappanee on Thursday. Photo Provided.
NAPPANEE – The Elkhart County Historical Museum will offer a historic walking tour of Nappanee Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The tour will begin in the parking lot of Coppes Commons, 401 E. Market St., Nappanee.

Participants must preregister to attend the tour. Register by Wednesday by going to the Elkhart County Parks website (elkhartcountyparks.org) and finding the event on the Events Calendar page.

Established in the 1870s, Nappanee was created due to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad building its tracks through the southern part of Elkhart County.

Soon, many people began flocking to the new town in order to be close to railroad and all the advantages brought by the train. Nappanee became a center for the lumber industry, furniture making and more.

Staff from the museum will guide participants down Market Street and through the neighborhoods, pointing out the stories behind Nappanee’s history. This history will include the Nappanee Auditorium, The Coppes Hotel, The Hartman Store and the town’s architecture.