LaGrange County is the essence of rural character, with whitewashed houses, beautiful gardens, and laundry flapping in the breeze. Quite simply its Life, Simplified! You can’t help but feel the power and influence of the strong Amish and Mennonite cultures which make LaGrange County such a great place to live and work.
LaGrange County is full of history and culture outside of the Amish, whether it is the Courthouse, one of Indiana’s most beautifully restored, to the Greek revival and Italian Gothic architecture in Howe you see why people travel to the area to experience the quaint rural heritage.
The county is more than just history, agriculture and culture it also is quite the place for the outdoor enthusiast, home to Indiana’s Largest Fish and Wildlife area, offering 11,500 acres of seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities to hikes along the many scenic trails or a casual paddle down the famed Pigeon River. LaGrange is also home to an active park system boasting 11 properties located around the county. If you like to enjoy boating and the lake lifestyle LaGrange is the place for you with 64 natural lakes the southeastern part of the county is always bustling with activity and some great locally owned restaurants and stores. You will see why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin
consistently rank LaGrange County as one of the top 5 healthiest counties in Indiana (3rd in 2012)!
Ask any resident why they like living in LaGrange County and they will tell you the community. During the summer months residents and visitors alike can find a festival or event occurring in at least one of the many small towns and villages, just like it used to be with neighbors talking with visitors while enjoying the event, everyone is welcomed with open arms and a smile on their face.
LaGrange County was originally home to the Potawatomi Indians, and saw its first white settlers in the early 1830's. The Town of Shipshewana is named for the Potawatomi Chief Shipshewana, was settled in 1831, and by 1844 had welcomed its first Amish settlement from Pennsylvania. In 1832, Wolcottville was settled by two french traders, who soon built the town from the ground up. The town was named after George Wolcott, who was responsible for starting many of the first businesses. Topeka was settled in 1832, and was named in officially in 1893 by Kansas railroad workers who were constructing the Wabash Railroad in the area. The Town of LaGrange was platted in 1836, and became the county seat in 1843 due to its central location. The town, and county itself, is named after French General Marquis de Lafayette's estate, and literally translates to "the Farm".
Download the LaGrange County Convention and Visitor's Bureau's 2016 Visitors Guide Visitors Guide