The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:11 pm

Whitley County

Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette

Whether you’re looking for a Halloween scare or an education on Indiana history, Whitley County has the activities for you.

Here are just a few of the top attractions for the county. For more, go to

Whitley County Historical Museum

Location: 108 W. Jefferson St., Columbia City

Description: Housed in the Columbia City home of Thomas Riley Marshall, Indiana governor and 28th vice president of the United States. Thousands of visitors come to the museum every year, where not only the life of Thomas Marshall is displayed but the history of Whitley County, as well. The complex consists of the Marshall House, an annex, a carriage house and an outhouse. There are guided tours and detailed exhibits, and the museum works in conjunction with the Whitley County Historical Society.

For more information: 260-244-6372. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

ALL-IN Block Party

Location: Peabody Public Library, 1160 Indiana 205, Columbia City

Description: A chance to meet neighbors and try something new. The Peabody Public Library was one of 13 organizations in Indiana picked to host an ALL-IN Block Party. These gatherings are designed to bring people together to participate in a series of challenges that encourage Hoosiers to try new experiences, learn more about the state and imagine ways to make it better. Also, the library is trying to put together a "200 Photos of Whitley County" project for the party and is asking for submissions from the public. Those with photos they would like to submit may pick up a form at the library’s circulation desk. Submissions are due by July 1.

For more information: July 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Churubusco Turtle Days

Location: Churubusco Park, off Main Street, Churubusco

Description: A festival celebrating the legend of Oscar, aka "The Beast of Busco," a giant turtle spotted in a pond in 1948 by residents who said his body was as big as their rowboat and his head as big as a child. By the time you read this, the longest running festival in Indiana, which attracts thousands, will be smack in the middle of its 67th year. The festival includes beer and wine tents, food, music, running races and fireworks to end the celebration.

For more information: Through Saturday.

8th Annual Civil War Camp

Location: Whitley County Historical Society, 108 W. Jefferson St., Columbia City

Description: As of this writing, the Whitley County Historical Society was scheduled to host the Civil War camp for children ages 10 to 13. Every year, roughly 30 students spend about three days learning about many aspects of the Civil War from it’s origins and the reasons for the war, to how soldiers performed drill, had medical care administered and what kind of artillery was available. Also included is a memorial service.

For more information: This year’s camp ended today, but it’s expected to be brought back again next year.

Columbia City Haunted Jail

Location: One block east of the Whitley County Courthouse at 116 E. Market St. in Columbia City

Description: A building that dates back to 1874. Entities who devour souls, wield axes and practice voodoo. At least one evil clown. Blood and gore and, according to its website, free "boos." Now in what will be its 25th year, there have been thousands and thousands of "souls reaped" at the Haunted Jail throughout the year. The twisted terror the jail gives those brave enough to go inside has garnered 32 awards throughout the year.

For more information: Usually open in October for the Halloween season, the jail also has seasonal hours of operations at times in the spring. Tickets are $13 to $20.

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