Joanna Gaines reportedly interested in northern Indiana's Amish Acres sale


NAPPANEE, Ind. (WTHR) - A popular northern Indiana attraction is gaining national attention as it gets ready to hit the auction block.

Amish Acres will be auctioned off February 5 and the 50-acre property has a growing list of interested buyers. Among those who have inquired about the sale is celebrity designer Joanna Gaines, according to our partners at the Goshen News. The auction house that's handling the sale said Gaines' party is interested in log cabins on the property.

The Nappanee tourist destination closed January 1 after 50 years in business. It will be sold in 16 tracts, including the Round Barn Theatre, a restaurant, a meeting house and Amish Acres' 62-room inn. Some of the tracts include land that could be developed or buildings that are slated for removal.

“The problem is you have an asset that took 50 years to put together — not many have that big of a checkbook. By offering it this way the market will decide the best us and best way to sell,” Roger Diehm of Schrader Realty and Auction told the Goshen News.

Dick and Susie Pletcher and their family announced they were retiring from Amish Acres last November after one more fireworks show on New Year's Day. Most of their family members have had some hand in working at the family business.

“We have no illusions that anyone can run it exactly as we did — it’s time for someone else to use their vision and see where they can go from here.”

Two more open houses are scheduled for Amish Acres before the auction, including one from 9 a.m.-noon on January 25 and another from 1-3 p.m. on February 4. The auction is scheduled for February 5 at 6 p.m.