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Exploring Southeastern Indiana: Centerville, Indiana in Antique Alley

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My wife and I recently had the opportunity to explore historic Southeastern Indiana for a romantic weekend away. It was a fantastic experience this is part of series of posts about our trip.

Driving into Centerville, Indiana felt like driving into an East Coast village and stepping back in time. Centerville was founded in 1808 – and by American standards – especially Indiana – that’s really old.

The buildings in the downtown area are Federal style, the homes and shops look like they were ripped out of a picture postcard East Coast village scene and transplanted to Indiana.

The place is awash with history. Originally the town was founded along the National Road – and was a stop off on the iconic Oregon Trail. The town boomed because it was essentially on the main street towards Westward American Expansion.

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Nowadays, the town is much quieter than those heady expansionist days. Centerville is now a mecca for antiques and it considered part of Antique Alley – a huge area in Indiana and Ohio filled with wonderful antique stores.

Downtown there are several wonderful antique stores. Some of the antiques are incredible finds – but keep in mind the shopkeepers know the value of their goods. You certainly won’t find a Stradivarious laying around! If you’re looking for great affordable antiques, then I recommend the Webb Antique Mall, located just before you get to the downtown.

Webb Antique Mall is massive – so big we did not have enough time to explore it all. There are many deals to be had here and there is definitely something for every taste. The joy of antique malls like this is the exploration – looking around and discovering something you never thought to look for.

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Come back tomorrow for my review of the loveliest B&B we’ve ever stayed – located in Centerville – The Lantz House Bed and Breakfast.

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Written by : Jonathan Thomas is a blogger based in Northwest Indiana. He's passionate about the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan and wants to share all the fun possible in the area with the rest of the world. When not blogging for Travel Indiana, he hangs his hat at his Anglophile blog - Anglotopia and Niche Blogger Today. If you want to connect with him, you can contact him on Twitter @jonathanwthomas Jonathan receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in exchange for blogging. For more information, please see our FTC Disclosure page.