To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana.
Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided tour anywhere you would like. Just stop by the CVB at 350 N. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana to pick up a brochure with a map.
We hope you enjoy each blog at it provides a sneak peek into the background of each barn quilt mural and location.
Barn Quilt Mural #4: Crossed Canoes
Just along the Pigeon River and in the small town of Mongo resides Indiana’s second largest canoe livery, Trading Post. This is the location for the barn quilt mural known as “Crossed Canoes,” where two canoe shapes crisscross between four squares painted burgundy and tan.
Jesslyn Senecal, who owns the property with her family, commented, “The crossed canoes just seem fitting for our business. Whenever someone talks about canoeing in Northern Indiana, Mongo is always a reference point. This pattern only seemed natural for us.”
Trading Post is celebrating 40 years as a rental operation. The building was built in 1971 as a restaurant with a small canoe rental. Trading post has always been family owned and operated, and it also affords the family business atmosphere the Senecals were looking for when they purchased the business.
At Trading Post, families can camp, fish, canoe, and kayak. The Senecals have over 250 fleet of watercraft and offer six different canoe and kayak river trip options. Visitors will travel along the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area, and along the way, discover unspoiled animal and plant habitats.
Location of Mural:
7525E 300 N, Mongo, IN
GPS: N 41° 41.133 W 085° 16.950
For more information on this and other LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour blogs, visit www.VisitShipshewana.org by clicking here, and then click on any blog link.