Spend this weekend going back in time at the Stone’s Trace Pioneer Festival, a Bicentennial Legacy Project. The festival Saturday and Sunday takes visitors back to the 1800s with Stone’s Trace Regulators re-enactments, entertainment, 1812 and Civil War encampments, children’s activities, and demonstrations of pioneer arts such as blacksmithing, gun and knife skills, weaving, wood carving, displays of cabin and camp life, and needlecrafts.
The festival takes place on the grounds of the Stone’s Trace Historic Site, at U.S. 33 and State Road 5, 1 1/2 miles south of Ligonier. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person and free for children younger than 12.
Parking is across the road at West Noble High School, with a free shuttle to take visitors to the grounds.
Richard Stone, the second white settler in Noble County, built a tavern on this site in 1839. The tavern was a stop for travelers on the trail from Fort Wayne to Goshen, and served as a community center for meetings, a post office, jury room, jail and school. The tavern was sold about the time of the Civil War, and used as a home and a barn. The Stone’s Trace Historical Society formed in 1964 to save the original tavern building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The site is also home to the Stone’s Trace Regulators, a re-enactment group of the pre-1840s era, and the restored Gramling Cabin, moved from DeKalb County.