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There are plenty of sights to be seen in DeKalb County, beginning with a stop at one of nine museums highlighting the area’s rich transportation heritage. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum features more than 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars from the early 1900s up to the World War II era. The museum is located within the former Auburn Automobile Company headquarters – a building that is now a designated National Historic Landmark. The National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS), a museum housing hundreds of automobiles and trucks, as well as the Model Car/Truck & Toy Museum – can be found at the original Auburn Automobile Company Factory (also a National Historic Landmark). Other museums dedicated to the area’s unique transportation history include the National Military History Center, the Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum, the Hoosier Air Museum, the Garrett Historical Railroad Museum, the Early Ford V-8 Museum and the Andy Granatelli Hall of Fame Museum.

For further local history, visitors enjoy visiting the DeKalb County History Museum or taking the 2.5-mile self-guided historic walking tour, which includes the architecturally beautiful DeKalb County Courthouse, the E.L. Cord Estate, the Eckhart Library and other sites. Additional must-see attractions include the Garrett Museum of Art, Sechler’s Pickles Factory/Showroom and the Spencerville Covered Bridge – the only covered bridge remaining in the county and host of Supper on the Bridge, an annual event featuring a catered event with live music.

Supper on the Bridge isn’t the only exciting event to look forward to each year. Audiences sit back and enjoy the sounds of the widely popular Friday Night Performance Series, held at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater during the warm summer months. St. Joe, home of long-time business Sechler’s Pickles, is bursting with energy during the annual Pickle Festival. Held each August, festival-goers take pleasure in parades, fireworks, kids activities, live music, contests, factory tours and more – all in celebration of this locally-grown product. Group tours of the Sechler’s Pickles Factory are available seasonally from April-October. Residents and visitors from surrounding areas also enjoy the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Auctions America Auction Park’s World’s Largest Collector Car Auction, as well as Worldwide Auctioneers, Ashley-Hudson Days and also the Heartland Festival in Butler.

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Nearby Fort Wayne offers additional tourist attractions, including the Children’s Zoo, Botanical Conservatory, Lincoln Museum, Science Central, touring Broadway shows, art venues and seasonal sporting events hosted by the Fort Wayne Komets hockey team and Fort Wayne Tin Caps baseball team.

Guests planning to stay the night, weekend or longer are afforded a variety of lodging options. From charming historic bed and breakfast inns to economic chain hotels and motels, there is something for every kind of traveler. Private guestrooms and a quiet environment are enjoyed at the Whispering Pine Lodge, the Inn at Windmere or Serendipity Inn, while those in need of a full-service facility in close proximity to area attractions and businesses choose such places as the Comfort Suites, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, La Quinta Inn, Super 8, Days Inn and the Quality Inn. Rustic accommodations, complete with outdoor activities for guests of all ages, are available at local campgrounds as well.

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