Noble County drifted from autumn into winter with a blanket of snow just before Thanksgiving. Remnants of several lighter snows can still be spotted here and there. The crops are in and there is little activity in the fields. It's a quiet season in Noble County, punctuated only by seasonal festivities and sparkling frosty mornings!
The first Windmill Winter Wonderland at the Mid-America Windmill Museum, Kendallville, was a wonderful success! In spite of freezing temperatures and strong winds, an estimated 1,000 hearty souls enjoyed the lighted windmill path, luminaries, living nativity, light displays, and crisp night air! Shopping for hand-made specialties and home-baked goodies, a visit with Santa, and hot cocoa rounded out all 3 evenings in Baker Hall. Watch for dates to be announced for next year's event!
The Best Western Kendallville Inn is wrapping up its renovation project to the main lobby and new cocktail lounge areas! With a fresh new look and lounge, this quality award-winning hotel continues to add amenities to their outstanding service. Watch our "Packages and Special Deals" section for details on 4 new packages, in addition to the excellent Golf Packages, offered through the Best Western in 2005!
As they approach their popular ice fishing and ice skating season, you are reminded to use extreme caution on any body of water. Just because ice look safe does not mean that it is! Please be careful.
Brochure boxes on the covered front porch are stocked with information and available after hours.
When visiting Noble County, stop by the Visitors Center located in the little log cabin on U.S. Rt. 6 just west of Kendallville! You'll find brochures, maps, post cards, festival & event lists, lake information....and more!
Cities in Noble County
Albion, our county seat since 1846, is both the geographical and governmental center of Noble County and is the home of our historic courthouse. It is one of two Albion structures placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with the other being The Old Jail Museum. With a population of under 2,500, Albion residents and multitudes of visitors enjoy Chain O'Lakes State Park & Black Pine Animal Park.
Avilla was incorporated in 1876. Avilla is home to approximately 2,000 people and is located in the eastern part of the county, south of Kendallville and east of Albion. One of the oldest landmarks in the county is located in Avilla: The St. James Hotel and Restaurant which began in 1878 and serves wonderful meals each day.
Cromwell is the smallest incorporated town in Noble County with approximately 500 people. It was platted in 1853. Located on State Road 5 on the west side of the county, it has a very nice park with basketball, tennis, track and a walking trail. The annual Cromwell Days Festival is held on the weekend of the fourth Saturday of July. Cromwell shares the industrial advantages of being close to Ligonier, but retains its quiet residential setting. Being in the heart of the Northern Indiana lake region, there are ample opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, hunting and camping.
Kendallville is the largest town in Noble County with a population just under 10,000. Vintage architecture and great antique shopping can be enjoyed in the Downtown Historic District. Award winning hotels, the Mid-America Windmill Museum and a beautiful park system are just some of the features that draw guests to this busy town.
Kendallville hosts several events during the year including the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association spring and fall bluegrass festivals at the Noble County Fairgrounds on the city�s north side. Northern Indiana Bluegrass FestivalThousands of bluegrass music lovers from throughout the Midwest camp and socialize during the three-day festivals with live music in May on Memorial Day weekend and September on Labor Day weekend. The summer in Kendallville sees a June Car Show and also in June the Mid-America Windmill Festival. July 4th boasts an Independence Day Celebration and late in July the annual Noble County Community Fair held at the fairgrounds.
The first weekend in October has the Apple Festival of Kendallville Vendors, crafters, antiques, re-enactors and entertainers dress in pioneer costume to show the thousands of visitors what life was like in Indiana in the 1800s.
Kimmell has a community park that is used throughout the spring, summer and fall months as a place where kids and adults can enjoy baseball games or even a weekly horseshoe league.
Kimmell is home to a vehicle repair and service center, a seed corn operator, a grain elevator, a tavern and a Thermogas facility. The Kimmell Conservation Club has hosted a summer music festival at its grounds along U.S. 33. The Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club is one of the largest and most active clubs of its kind in the area.
LaOtto is a quiet village of about 400 people and is located just west of State Road 3 at State Road 205 in the southeastern corner of Noble County. In the 1830s, settlers followed the Mongoquinong Trail, later called Lima Plank Road, now State Road 3, north from Fort Wayne into Noble County, settling in what we today know as LaOtto. LaOtto draws visitors to Indiana's only indoor motocross arena, the Motoplex Arena
Rome City is nestled along the banks of beautiful Sylvan Lake in the northern part of Noble County and is accessed by State Road 9. Once a thriving resort, this town of about 1,500 swells during the summer months as seasonal residents arrive. The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is situated on a tranquil lakeside cove and her "Cabin In Wildflower Woods" set the stage for many of her books, photographs and nature studies.
Rome city hosts a Chautauqua Days festival each August, an event to honor Gene Stratton Porter.
Wilmot is hardly more than a turn in the road in the southwestern corner of Noble County but an important remnant of bygone days. Wilmot Milling Company was established in 1840 and still offers stone-ground grains as it did then. To the north, Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area and Indian Village and lakes offer opportunities to observe nature and pristine countryside.
Wolf Lake, platted in 1832 is the oldest town in Noble County. Located at the intersection of US33 and State Road 109 in southwestern Noble County. Today Wolf Lake is home to less than 300 residents who celebrate their community heritage each August with the Onion Days Festival. Wolf Lake is also home to the beautiful Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.