What is Metamora? Metamora is a historic town and the home of the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. The state of Indiana assumed management of a 14-mile section of the canal in 1946 and today operates a horse-drawn canal boat and the grist mill. The grist mill is still in operation, producing meal and flour, much as it has for more than 100 years. Visitors can step back in time while taking a leisurely 25-minute cruise on the Ben Franklin III. Along the route they pass the Duck Creek Aqueduct, a covered bridge that carries the canal 16 feet over Duck Creek. It is the only structure of its kind in the nation. You will also find some shops, eateries and B&B's.
With the charm of all the historical buildings, the appearance of days gone by, the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site and the shops you are sure to experience a fun filled day or weekend discovering life as it was in the past. This is truly a one-of-a-kind town.
The most asked question about Metamora - When is Metamora open? Metamora consist of three different entities. The State Historic Site operates the Gristmill and Canal Boat Wednesday through Sunday during their season. The Whitewater Valley Railroad runs the trains on the weekends and other special times during their season. The shops are open mainly on the weekends but a few are also open during the week.
The information below is provided to help you plan your amazing visit to Historic Metamora.
When you arrive in Metamora look for the flag. If any flag is flying in front of a building, you'll know that inside is a friendly shopkeeper ready to greet you. A building not flying a flag is not open for business or it could be one of our town's private residences. Please respect the privacy of these shop owners and Metamora residents. Please see shop hours below for details on business hours. If you want to know if a particular shop is open please contact them for their hours. The state facilities (Gristmill and Canal Boat) are open Wednesday - Sunday. The train operates on the weekends.
Gristmill: Open April 3rd through mid-December, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Primary Election Day, Election Day and Columbus Day. (765) 647-6512.
Boat Rides: Open May 1st through October 31st for rides. Wednesday through Sunday starting at noon and run on the hour. The last ride begins at 4 p.m. Every Saturday in June, July and August will have an additional 5 p.m ride. For prices call (765) 647-6512.
Whitewater Valley Railroad: The Whitewater Valley Railroad operates trains and special events throughout the year. Train and Ticket Information is available by calling the Connersville Depot at (765) 825-2054 or visit the website at Whitewater Valley Railroad.
Shops/Restaurants: Each business sets their own hours. Only a few businesses are open during the week. Most are only open on the weekends. Many don't have set hours so we are unable to tell you which businesses will be open at any particular time. The season typically runs from late May - December but a few stay open year round. You can get information for individual businesses by going to the Shopping, Food and Lodging pages.
There is no central organization that must be contacted to arrange for groups coming to Metamora. However, the wise tour planner might consider the following:
To verify current visitor hours for the Grist Mill, and for the Canal boat rides, you should call the state facilities at (765) 647-6512.
To determine current dates and times for special events please see our events page.
If you would like to schedule a group visit to the mill and a canal boat ride contact (765) 647-6512
Free parking is available along Main Street and in Duck Creek Plaza except during Canal Days. Paid parking is available right off Highway 52 at the entrance to Historic Metamora on Columbia Street and one west of Columbia at Wynn Street, and adjacent to the Metamora Volunteer Fire Department. Pay Parking fees vary according to the parking lot.
Free parking for cars as well as for Tour Buses and RV's and large vehicles is available in the State Museum office parking lot which is located at the top of the hill on Clayborn Street.
Monday - Fri 8:30 to 4 - Saturday until noon.
The Historic site is operated by:
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
19083 Clayborn St.
Metamora, IN 47030
Whitewater Valley Railroad
P.O. Box 406
Connersville, IN 47331
Metamora shops and eateries are owned and operated by individual shopkeepers. There are no set business times. Please contact individual shop owners for hours. See Shopping, Food, and Lodging pages for more information.
There are 2 ways to rent space at Canal Days. One is from Historic Metamora and the other is from individual property owners.
2) Individual property owners. You must contact the property owner to rent space. If you are looking for space and do not know who to contact you can come to Metamora and talk to property owners.
Metamora Performing Arts:
Metamora Performing Arts (MPA) is a group that Sponsors many events in Metamora including the Music Festival. You can see all the events scheduled by visiting the website: metamorampa.org
We have tried to provide you with everything you would need to know on this website but if you have questions or need more travel and tourist information about Metamora contact:
For Brochures or Franklin County Tourism Information call the Welcome Line: 866-647-6555
or visit the website: Franklin County Tourism