Amish Acres to 'cease operations in 2020'

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NAPPANEE, Ind. (WNDU) - Amish Acres will "cease operations in 2020" after serving as an iconic Michiana destination for 50 years.

It’s the place that invited us to “Come for a Day, Stay for a Play and Spend the Night.”

But now, the doors are closing at Amish Acres.

“Yeah, I’m really sad," visitor Mary Hyer said.

Hyer lives in Argos and said her family has gone to Amish Acres for different celebrations throughout the years.

“Because you always know the food is going to be really good and it’s always a friendly and cheerful environment," she said.

After five decades of making folks feel at home, owners Robert and Susan Pletcher are retiring. The 80-acre business will close after the last performance of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on New Year's Eve.

“It’s a huge part of my life. It’s a huge part of my daughter’s, Dick and Susie’s, grandchildren’s lives. There’s sadness mixed with all the memories we will treasure," said Angie Pletcher Stillson, one of the owner's daughters.

She added that the family is looking for a buyer, or the property could also go up for parcel auction by the spring. She hopes a passionate historian or hospitality expert takes over.

“You know, my dad brought to the property and restored an icehouse and a mint-still, the cider mill is original to the property," Stillson said.

The Amish farm was loved for many reasons, including its family-style dining, seasonal events and tours. And in its last few weeks, the family invites visitors to return.

“You have wonderful memories. Make sure you plan this holiday season to come back and have one more," Stillson said.

Anyone interested in the property can call Amish Acres now at 574-773-4188 or 800-800-4942.

The Nappanee complex is "the only Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places," according to amishacres.com.