Marshall County is Home to a Variety of Attractions, Destinations
Photographer / Lana King
Visit Marshall County is a nonprofit organization operated by a board of seven volunteer directors, appointed by the towns and cities of Marshall County.
The communities in Marshall County include Plymouth, which is the county seat, as well as Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver and La Paz.
“You can’t beat our job,” says Cori Humes, executive director of Visit Marshall County. “We’re the people responsible for attracting visitors to Marshall County. We work to enhance our area’s image by developing new programs and attractions, and marketing the current ones.”
Humes helps to promote many Marshall County projects such as the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration and the Indiana Foodways Alliance. She served as the 2019 Marshall County Blueberry Festival Parade’s grand marshal.
Assistant Director Jessica Beatty is responsible for bookkeeping, social media and ad creation, answering phones, photography, marketing, and assisting visitors.
Even though travel and tourism have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, people are still getting out and about according to Humes.
“Outdoor recreation has increased and camping is hotter than ever,” Humes says. “Marshall County has so much to offer visitors – the lakes, parks, golf, dining and local shopping options – we have something for everyone.”
When it comes to outdoor entertainment, there are a variety of options available. Plymouth Speedway has been a community staple since 2006 and continues to delight visitors every Saturday. It is an entertaining family attraction, and whether watching or participating, the roar of the engines is sure to get the blood pumping.
Lake Maxinkuckee is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Take in the views on the sandy beach, dip a fishing pole in the water, or catch a wave and enjoy an array of water sports on the 1,864-acre lake. It is also home to the historic Clemens Vonnegut, Jr. house, which can be rented for an unforgettable stay.
Potawatomi Wildlife Park is sure to delight those looking for an outdoor escape. The 300-acre park is free of charge and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Bordering the Tippecanoe River, it has five miles of trails, and is home to ponds and wetlands.
Another one of the many gems Marshall County has to offer is the Barn Quilt Trail. Quilt patterns are painted on 4’x4’ or 8’x8’ sections of plywood and can be seen throughout the county on barns and businesses, as well as downtown spaces. A self-guided map of the trail can be downloaded at visitmarshallcounty.org.
For history buffs, Marshall County is home to both the Marshall County Historical Society Museum and the Culver Academies Museum.
Local shops and restaurants remain open, but have adapted to the current climate and continue to endure. Many businesses have added online shopping options, virtual tours, delivery and curbside pickup options.
There are a large variety of shops within the county, including specialty stores, antique shops, local art galleries, apparel boutiques and consignment shops, as well as home, health and garden shops and farmers markets.
Dining options, and overnight or extended-stay accommodations, round out any Marshall County visit. The dining variety ranges from roadside diners to five-star gourmet locations. Accommodations range from bed-and-breakfasts to hotels and resorts, including Swan Lake Resort, which is home to the United States Golf Academy and two of the Indiana National Golf Club’s courses. Vacation homes, log cabins, cottages and camping facilities are also available.
“We have a number of visitors from all over the country that stop in for information,” Humes says. “We also have local residents that visit to plan a vacation, or to get other tourist destination information across the state of Indiana.”
Upcoming and currently scheduled events in Marshall County include Rentown Old Fashion Days, to be held on September 11 and 12, and the Culver Fall Fest, currently set for October. Event updates can be found on the Visit Marshall County Facebook page.
The Visit Marshall County office is located at 201 North Michigan Street in Plymouth. Additional information may be found at visitmarshallcounty.org. Call 574-936-1882 for specific questions or to request a visitor guide.