Friday, May 15, 2009

A Trip Back in Time

Friends Don and Vicki had recommended Wagner's Village Restaurant in Oldenburg, Indiana as having a terrific family style fried chicken dinner, so tonight Denny and I took a drive that way. Entering town we noticed right away that the street signs were written in German first, and English in smaller letters underneath, an indication of the pride the townspeople have in the German heritage here.

Oldenburg was settled in the 1830s by German immigrants and 1851 the Sisters of St. Francis convent was founded. Denny actually has a cousin here at the convent although we haven't seen her in years due to her advanced age. The town of Oldenburg itself was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and has the nickname "The Village of Spires" due to the tall church spires along Main St.
It's a quiet little place, but there are some neat buildings if you enjoy various styles of architecture and well-preserved buildings.

Wagner' Village Restaurant

The Sisters of St. Francis Convent

This fire hydrant painted like a nun was across the street from the convent

This attractive pub would have gotten my business if we hadn't just eaten. Look Don--taco night!

I couldn't decide if this had been an old livery stable, an inn, or a firehouse.

The main storefront here was "The Guten Tag", but I loved the architectural details of the building.

This sign on the side of the building with the Guten Tag store provided historical information. Guess there were no unions back then, huh?

The current firehouse in Oldenburg.


SkippyMom said...

Yes, but how was the fried chicken?
[kidding] I love the pics and the desciptions. I am so happy for you and Denny that you are able to be back on the road [even for a lil' while] and we all get the bonus of your wonderful posts.

Happy! Happy!

Gattina said...

That's funny that the street signs are still written in German. It looks like if they had rebuilt the towns they left to find a new life. When I stayed with my aunt and uncle in Madison Wisc. on the big hall in the University there also was a german inscription. My uncle's grandpa immigrated from Germany in 1830 !

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