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Love Antiques? You Need to See Richmond, Indiana

When I lived up in Syracuse, Indiana, I thought we had a lot of antique shops in the surrounding area. You couldn’t swing a 100-year-old cat statue without hitting an antique shop.

Turns out that Northern Indiana, while spoiled for antique choices, has got nothing on Wayne County. It turns out they have more than 1,200 (yes, you read that right: twelve hundred) antique dealers along two loop trails. Whether you want antique firearms, rare books, glassware, and other items “of a certain age,” you need to head to East Central Indiana.

Nancy Sartain, the Leisure Marketing Director of Wayne County’s Convention and Tourism Bureau, said that Cambridge City, just a few miles west of Richmond on US 40, has more than 10 new antique shops and malls within a 2 block area alone.

You can find a listing of the shops and antique malls on the Visit Richmond website, as well as maps of the two trails, and even some overnight packages for the truly intrepid and hard-core antiquers.

And while you’re in Richmond, check out their Tiffany stained glass windows. Nancy said, “only a handful of churches in America can claim the complete Tiffany-designed look of Richmond’s Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. All 62 windows were crafted in New York by Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios.” You’ll also want to check out the Morrisson Reeves Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church.

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