Indiana’s Historic Canal Town
In Metamora you can escape to the past and experience what it was like in the 1800’s. Wednesday through Sunday you can visit the gristmill and pick up a bag of their freshly stone-ground cornmeal or flour. See the only existing wooden aqueduct in operation in the United States. On the weekends you can Board the train for a short trip on the Whitewater Railroad. 365 days a year you can take in the lush scenery of the Whitewater River Valley on the 2.6 mile rustic hiking & biking trail along the historic Whitewater Canal. Along with all the historical features and attractions in Metamora, you will find around 40 businesses consisting of shops, eateries and lodging.
Starts the first Friday in October. For one weekend a year, Metamora welcomes countless vendors to this annual festival that you won’t want to miss! Canal days is coordinated by Historic Metamora, Inc. If you’re interested in being a vendor or for additional visitor information, visit their website.
Plan your visit to Metamora
Whether stopping by for a day trip to get in some shopping, or staying for a couple days to take in all the local sights, there’s plenty to do and see in Metamora!
The Whitewater Canal was built in the 1830’s, opening the Whitewater River vallley for commerce and industry, and establishing new communities. Several towns, like Metamora, were platted right along the canal. The canal provided access to markets for agricultural products and supplied hydraulic power for mills and factories that made flour, lumber, paper, and more. Eventually a railroad was built on the canal’s towpath creating an even more efficient transportation corridor: The canal’s water flow continued to provide power for the mills.
The town of Metamora was named after the popular 1829 play, Metamora, or The Last of the Wampanoags. It takes place in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1677 and tells a fictionalized version of the story of Metacom (called King Philip by the colonists), leader of the local Wampanoag tribe.
More information on the history and preservation of this village is available from Historic Metamora, Inc. Visit them online at https://www.historicmetamora.net.