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Amish Acres Closing After 50 Years in Business

The CEO of the popular tourist destination in northern Indiana is retiring at the end of the year.

NAPPANEE, Ind. — Amish Acres, a popular tourist destination in northern Indiana, is closing after 50 years in business.

Jeff Kitson, executive director of the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce, said he received a letter from Amish Acres founder and CEO Richard Pletcher on Friday, saying his family is retiring at the end of 2019 and will close Amish Acres after its New Year’s fireworks show.

Kitson says the business will likely go to auction in early spring if the family hasn’t found a buyer by then.

The Nappanee site includes a bakery, meat and cheese shop, arts and crafts boutiques, a theater for stage plays, an inn with 62 guest rooms and a restaurant featuring traditional Amish cooking.

Kitson says more than 5 million people have visited.

(PHOTO: WISH-TV)

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