The Grabill area is the home of Allen County's Amish community; the first families arrived in 1852. This is a great location for those who want to live in a quiet, unhurried town with easy access to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Visit our office to talk to our realtors. We can help you find a great property in this town where you’ll be happy to call home. Drive through the area and enjoy the rural scenes with picturesque farms and horse-drawn vehicles. You’ll not only find a slower pace of life, you’ll find a small town that is full of comfortable homes, nice parks, local traditions, unique shops, restaurants with tasty food, and enjoyable events. Plan a visit, and stay for life!
This quaint Amish community is located 15 minutes northeast of Fort Wayne and a five-minute drive east of State Road 1, which runs through nearby Leo-Cedarville. The “Plain People” are great neighbors who are friendly, industrious, and always willing to help others in the community. We know you’ll find Grabill to be quite hospitable, and we know it won’t take long after you’ve moved to the area to feel like you’ve lived here for years. Let us find the perfect home with a perfect location that provides easy access to your workplace. We are experts in the local real estate market with years of helping people just like you.
There are several specialty shops in Grabill. Souder General Store, an authentic general store leftover from the early days, is a step back in time. You’ll also find the streets filled with stores dedicated to antiques, collectibles, and other classic bits of Americana. Visitors will find an active flea market with over 100 vendors, an art gallery, an herb shop, and many antiques on display.
Along with specialty and antique shops, there are several restaurants in town. The Grabill Inn Country Restaurant serves home-cooked daily specials like fried chicken, prime rib, steaks, and fresh baked pies but also has a separate pizza kitchen offering pizza, subs, and sausage rolls. Grabill Dairy Sweet offers casual dining with a varied menu including ice cream cakes, novelties, specialty sundaes, fish dinners, frog legs, and buffalo wings. Das Nolt Family Dinner Haus serves home-cooked, quality Amish meals, pastries, and pies.
Grabill has two community parks within the town. For more outdoor activities, residents can go to one of three state parks that are about a 45-minute drive from town. Ouabache State Park has hiking and biking trails, a pool, tennis courts, playground, and nature center. Pokagon State Park includes a swimming beach, guided horse rides, toboggan run, and nature center. Chain O’ Lakes State Park has nine lakes for boating, fishing, and swimming plus hiking trails and a nature center.
Residents always look forward to an annual community event. Grabill Country Fair is a festival that takes place in September which highlights the area's Amish heritage. The fair features crafts, food, activities, and entertainment.
Those who want to learn more about Indiana’s culture outside the Amish community of Grabill can visit one of many museums in Fort Wayne, which is also located in Allen County. The History Center is an interactive museum that highlights the history of Allen County. The African / African American Historical Museum exhibits the histories of people of African descent in Allen County since 1809. Artlink Gallery showcases work by a diverse group of artists. Chief Richardsville’s House presents a Greek Revival house that was built in 1827 for Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville, a trader who built an empire.
The most common industry in the area is manufacturing. About one-third of those employed work in this industry. Companies such as Home Guard Industries, which manufactures windows and doors, is one of the larger employers in this area. Other common industries include retail trade; wholesale trade; construction; accommodation and food services; healthcare and social assistance; and arts, entertainment, and recreation. The agricultural industry continues to thrive as it has for generations. One of the businesses in this industry, Sauder Feed, has been open for business for close to 100 years, producing feed for many different animals.
East Allen County School Corporation operates eight secondary schools and seven elementary schools. Its mission is to inspire in all students a passion for learning while developing knowledge, skills, and character necessary to become responsible contributors to the local and global society. Parents expect East Allen County Schools to have a rigorous curriculum and rigorous instruction in the classroom. This involves using higher-order thinking skills, pushing students to their highest level, in-depth learning, and presenting varying perspectives to be examined. Students receive this type of instruction while pursuing a comprehensive curriculum that prepares them for careers and further education.