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Allow 2-3 days.
In the 1800s a large deposit of natural gas was discovered in the Kokomo area and many glass-making factories moved there to make use of it. Today you can still find studios, galleries and festivals – all dedicated to the craft of glass.
Begin your artisan adventure along the Indiana Glass Trail . As you drive to its various stops, you’ll talk to the artists and explore shops filled with unique glass items.
History, tradition and beautiful works of art
A highlight of the trail is the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company – the oldest manufacturer of opalescent and cathedral stained glass in the world. They are able to make over 22,000 color, density and texture combinations in their glass and are always creating new glass - literally. Their beautiful and amazing work can be seen firsthand via public tours available on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.
A collector’s dream come true
Just outside of Kokomo, you’ll find The Greentown Glass Museum home of the highly prized collectible Greentown Glass. Made by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company of Greentown, Greentown Glass was produced only from 1894 to 1903 when a fire destroyed the factory. Today, collectors around the world value this hard-to-find glass, of which the museum displays more than 1,700 pieces.
Three glass factories – one town
The Elwood Glass Festival is held each August, and as home to three glass factories this is the place to be for those interested in the craft of glass making. Visitors to Elwood have the opportunity to see, touch and buy locally made glass year-round. One of the top spots for glass is The House of Glass , featuring the work of Indiana Artisan, Joe Rice. He and the other craftsmen create highly detailed, colored glass content that is then encapsulated in brilliant crystal.
Take a break for some good eats
As you travel through this section of the state you’ll come close to two local favorites that are not to be missed. Hit the town of Marion for lunch at the historic Hostess House . Located in a beautifully restored home that is also on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hostess House serves a delightful lunch including homemade desserts. For dinner, drive to Perkinsville for a meal you won’t forget at Bonge’s Tavern . The menu changes daily but features a fantastic mix of gourmet food in a very casual atmosphere – so casual that it’s tradition to tailgate in the parking lot while waiting for your table!
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