Our Town Nappanee, IN

The Our Town series is all about these towns and the people within them who help tell the stories of what makes their special corner of the world unique. In the case of Our Town Nappanee , the region is rich in cultural and historical content. Everything from historical sites, to traditional high school sports legacy, the churches, and rich craftsmanship heritage; so many other special places that are known only to those who live in the area and know the true spirit of what Nappanee is all about.

There are many documentaries of this genre that are done by chamber offices and visitors bureaus from the local regions focus on the beauty of their area; however, what sets the Our Town series apart from the these documentaries is that these stories are videotaped and told through the eyes of the people who live and work in the towns. Each documentary contains over 20 stories.

How do we do this? With help from WNIT, ordinary citizens become volunteer videographers. Armed with their own video camera, they help capture the stories that make Nappanee special. Incorporated with footage shot by our team, the stories come to life through the interviews done by WNIT’s producers with the volunteer videographers. The stories combine to create a tapestry of why people who live and work in Nappanee are endeared to it. The hour documentary reflects the emotional ties of the people who live, love and are passionate about Our Town Nappanee.

Airdate: Monday, June 4 2018 @ 8:00 PM & 9:30 PM

Meet The Videographers

  • Shirley & Bob Adams Topic: Nappanee Theatre
  • Larry Andrews Topic: Locke, Indiana
  • Sheri Andrews Dodson, Kelli King, Nate Andrews Topic: Coach Jim Andrews
  • Veronica Borkholder Topic: Rocket Science Ice Cream
  • Rodge Bratt Topic: U. S. Route 6
  • Chad Burkholder, Bob Hepler, Cody Burkholder Topic: Hepler's Barber Shop
  • Jessica Flores & Mike DeCola Topic: Soup for a Cause
  • Pastor Dave Engbrecht Topic: Feed My Starving Children
  • Shelley Bond (Finefrock) & Branston Finefrock Topic: Friendly Friday
  • Branden Hochstetler Topic: Automotive Art
  • Jeff Kitson Topic: Citizen of the Year
  • Kamryn Koble Topic: Six Cartoonists
  • Mark Mikel Topic: I'm Thankful Four
  • Denny Miller Topic: Kountry Cabinets
  • Maynard Miller Topic: Nappanee Apple Festival
  • Brad Newcomer Topic: E. Newcomer & Son Jewelry
  • Martha Owen Topic: Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection
  • Richard Pletcher Topic: Amish Acres
  • Jeff Krusenklaus & Tristan Ramer Topic: Tractor Pull/Spring Diesel Truck Jamboree
  • Alison Stair Topic: Miracles at Main & Market Streets
  • Jeff Stillson Topic: The Art Path
  • Dale Tobias Topic: Life in Nappanee
  • Sue Conrad & Stephanie Topping Topic: Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail
  • Bill Warner Topic: Coppes Commons
  • Michael Weaver, Sherry Weaver, Marian Hostetler, Charlotte Weaver, Ken Weaver Topic: Lee Weaver
  • Jennie Wysong Topic: Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival


A Little About Nappanee

The Location

Nappanee was originally sought after because of its fertile farmland because of the headwaters of the Wabash River in northern Indiana. It is the southern gateway to the Northern Indiana Amish Country. Nappanee is surrounded by family farms of Anabaptists, including Amish, Mennonite, and the (Schwarzenau) Brethren.

The History

The first white settlers came to the area In 1830. By 1870, seven farms had been established and a population of forty people were settled in Nappanee. Nappanee grew tremendously after the construction of the B&O Railroad in 1874. Farmers sold land to the Railroad so that its tracks would run right next to Nappanee on its route to Chicago. The railroad brought more settlers to Nappanee, and the B&O officially gave Nappanee its name. The families who settled in Nappanee were largely religious and conservative. Over time the B&O Railroad became CSX.