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Encyclopedia > Berne, Indiana
City of Berne, Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°39′29″N 84°57′15″W / 40.65806, -84.95417
Country United States
State Indiana
County Adams
 - Mayor John Minch
 - Total 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km²)
 - Land 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km²)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km²)
Elevation 843 ft (257 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,150
 - Density 2,305.6/sq mi (890.2/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 46711, 46769
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-04888GR2
GNIS feature ID 0430849GR3
Website: www.bernein.com/

Berne is a city in Adams County, Indiana, settled in 1852 by seventy devout Mennonite immigrants who came directly from Switzerland, and named for the capital of Switzerland. The population was 4,150 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Adams_County_Indiana_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Berne_Highlighted. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... Listed are the 92 counties of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 1 km² (100 hectares) and 10 km² (1000 hectares). ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... Area code 260 is a North American Numbering Plan area code for Northeast Indiana. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      The... For other uses, see Berne (disambiguation). ...



Berne is located in Northeast Indiana. 40°39′29″N, 84°57′15″W (40.658146, -84.954256)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 km² (1.8 mi². The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 4,150 people, 1,639 households, and 1,104 families residing in the city. The population density was 890.2/km² (2,307.3/mi²). There were 1,690 housing units at an average density of 362.5/km² (939.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.64% White, 0.07% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...

There were 1,639 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.02. Matrimony redirects here. ...

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,491, and the median income for a family was $45,670. Males had a median income of $31,565 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,394. About 1.4% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Berne is in the northeastern part of Indiana 35 miles south of Fort Wayne in the Wabash Valley. It was founded by Swiss Mennonites, and is now largely known for its Amish population. The town’s inauguration is marked as December 25, 1871, when the first train arrived, thanks to some innovative farmers who knew that efficient transportation would help the struggling area to prosper. The farmers struck a deal with the Indiana and Grand Rapids Railroads. They donated the land for the railroad in return for a depot in their community. After the arrival of the first train, more and more people, mainly of Swiss and German descent, populated the area now known as Berne. Today, the population has reached 4,150 people. Fort Wayne was the name of at least two historic forts in the United States of America; one of these gave its name to Fort Wayne, Indiana. ...


Berne’s infrastructure is fully developed and strong. The town provides for all the necessities of its visitors and citizens. American Electric Power provides the electricity for Berne. The City of Berne provides water from its own wells, and also has its own water treatment facilities. Adams-Wells Internet provides internet services for Berne. Embarq (formerly Sprint) offers both voice and internet communications services. The cable company is Insight Communications. Insight also offers phone and broadband services for its customers.

Adams Memorial Hospital opened in 1922 and has a policy of caring for people from birth to death. They have a nursing home facility and a retirement community. They have various areas of specialty at Adams Memorial Hospital such as the Infection Control, the Maternity Center, radiology, pulmonary rehab, behavioral health and oncology to name a few.

Notable natives and former residents

Richard Royce Schrock (born January 4, 1945) was one of the recipients of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contribution to the metathesis method in organic chemistry. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... List of Nobel Prize laureates in Chemistry from 1901 to the present day. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Berne has many different attractions for everyone. Amishville is a place to learn about the Amish lifestyle by taking a tour of the Amish farmhouse. Children and their family can enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn buggy. Soon, people will be able to enjoy a wonderful meal at the Hoosier Buffet at Amishville because it will open in the summer of 2007. The tours and restaurant operate through the months of April to December. The gift shop has many local goods such as beautiful quilts, rocking chairs, candles and other crafts.

Swiss Heritage Village is a learning opportunity for everyone but especially children. Its theme is the late 1800s and early 1900s. Their goal is to show how life used to be by showing structures such as the schoolhouse the doctor’s office, the church, cheese house, cider press, and explaining the way of life such as making soap or candles. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for Seniors, $3.00 for children 6 and over. Children under 6 are free.

Amishville USA used to be the home place of many Amish. The 120-acre farm was occupied by Amish families. The Amish family that lived on the farm moved away and the farm became a place where tourists could learn about the Amish way of life. Tours are given through the house. People are able to see their belongings, attire, housing situation, and it is geared to be respectful. The “Old Buggy Shed” is the gift shop now. This was where they put their “open” buggies which were uncovered all year because covering them was a sign of unnecessary lavishness. The Amish have retained this practice still today.

The First Mennonite Church is one of the largest Mennonite churches in the United States. The trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting the last covered bridge of the Wabash Valley. The Antique Mall is great for bargain hunters. The local company Hitzer inc. is expert in stoves.

During the summertime people like to go to Bearcreek Farms and to Pine Lake to enjoy the refreshing water on hot days. The natural water and sandy beaches at Pine Lakes draw many locals and visitors alike. There are water slides, a tower, paddle boats, an area to play volleyball, and play sets for very small children who aren’t interested in swimming. Bearcreek Farms also offers shopping, a theater, a restaurant, a picnic area, playground, public restroom, public phone, television, basketball, a lake, shuffleboard, volleyball, bicycles and paddleboats. Since it is a resort it also happens to offer golf.

The Swiss Days Festival is a favorite for locals and visitors both. The people of Berne are proud of their Swiss heritage, and this three-day festival is an excellent chance for them to get in touch with their roots. There is family entertainment, such as magicians and musical performances by local talents. The 2007 Swiss Days Festival featured Taylor Ware, a twelve-year-old yodeler who was a finalist on America's Got Talent.

A quilt show and an art show are part of the festivities as well as tours. There is a tour of the Agape Respite Care, Amishville USA, Berne Furniture, Chalet Village, EP Graphics, Hitzer Stove, Key Fasteners, Dynamic Resource Group Publishing, Smith brothers Furniture, Swiss Village, and Swissland Milk Co. Some of the tours are free of charge, but others are not. Children are welcome to participate in contests and tournaments such as a bake-off contest, a tennis tournament, a 1 mile race, a pedal pull and a Big Wheel race. Adults also have a chance for friendly competition with the 5k race, horse-pull competition, bake-off and more. There is plenty of delicious food to select from since vendors have posts along the streets and they sell local and international goods such as. Local foods feature Neuenshwander’s Famous Brats, Swiss Heritage Village apple dumplings, The Berne Firemen’s food tent, kettle corn, and Stutzman home ice-cream. Arts, crafts, and souvenirs are sold, too. The highlight of the festival is the parade area bands and organizations participate and design and make their own float.

Swiss Days features two sidewalk sales. One is set up downtown and the other is located on US 27 North. In the past, Yager Furniture, The Gathering House, Provident Bookstore, Weaver Furniture of Berne, Richard’s and Sprunger Shoes appeared at the downtown sidewalk sale, Habbegger Furniture, Earthen Treasures, Clauser Furniture, Swiss Plaza Hardware, Berne Trading Co., and Bernhaus Furniture were at the US 27 North location. The fireworks display marks the end of the festivities. The people gather in the football field of South Adams High School to see the pyrotechnical show that is sponsored by First Bank of Berne and by Bank of Geneva. Souvenirs of the festival are the Swiss Days Bears with or without a bench, pins, mugs, afghans and t-shirts.

A coming attraction is the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower. It is being constructed across from the elementary school as a tribute to the clock tower located in Bern, Switzerland. Its purpose is to brand Berne as a unique destination, bring more economic strength to the area, and improve the quality of life by increasing income and property values. The Berne Community Development Corporation is heading the project, and expects that the trademark tower’s total cost will be $3,246,000. Collection of funds to build the clock tower began in 2005, with projected costs split between the actual clock tower, an endowment, a glockenspiel, an event lawn, a clock face, a promenade, a fountain/bear statue, a tower column, a settlers statue, a carved value stone, various historical markers, an arch, multiple icons, multiple lampposts, benches and trees, and finally, a flower garden. The project is not just about the tower, but about its surrounding area also. For other uses, see Bern (disambiguation). ...

Pat Miller, former Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana, said, “Your replica of Switzerland’s famous Clock Tower will be a wonderful boon to tourism and Northeast Indiana’s economy. Thank you for reminding us of the courage, faith, and determination of your ancestors. You do well to pass these values along to future generations in such a powerful and visionary way.”

Television news channel WPTA featured a segment about the clock tower for its news segment called "21 Country." The video can be seen on the Muensterberg Web site at [www.berneclocktower.org/pages/news.html].

Berne is often called "The Furniture Capital of Indiana." Habegger furniture, for example, has a store in Fort Wayne, which is 35 minutes away. Tours given of Berne often include a tour of a place that makes furniture. One example of this is the Motor Coach tours. The many furniture manufacturing businesses are Berne Furniture, Bernhaus Furniture, Clauser Furniture, Habegger Furniture, Karen’s Treasures, Smith Brothers of Berne, Weaver Furniture of Berne, and Yager Furniture.


The town of Berne boasts because of its heritage. They are proud of being Swiss and they want to share their pride with the tourists that come to visit. Although they do receive many tourists, they have managed to maintain the flavor of their town. Berne has not become overrun by hotel companies, restaurants, and shopping centers. Berne maintains a quaintness that attracts people who wish to taste the Swiss lifestyle or even that of the Amish. The slow pace of life attracts people from everywhere.

All their attractions are geared toward teaching tourists about their heritage such as the Swiss heritage Village and Amishville USA. Even McDonalds has been transformed and molded to fit the town’s theme rather than McDonalds invading the quaintness of Berne.

Their future projects are even geared toward the tourists in a sense. They are keeping a well-balanced plan to attract tourists and ameliorate their town.the people of Berne know that it is not enough to have sites and attractions. Their friendly disposition is what keeps visitors faithful. Black Bear Inn and Suites has been recognized by AAA and has earned three diamonds. The people of Berne have shown and continue to show the warm character that is typical of the Midwest area, and they are the ones who offer the best hospitality.

The chamber of commerce is very concerned with the satisfaction of tourists. Their website is geared toward the tourist and it has a lot of information such as attractions, events, lodging information and more. They are more than willing to send out more information if anyone requests it or just stop by the Berne Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Berne has recently become one of the largest crystal-meth capitals in Northern Indiana. The small town setting has attracted many dealers who want to escape big city policing.

Some critics of the Town and their leadership include: Not having enough activities or areas for young children to play. Absolutely no accommodating businesses or activities for youth to college age citizens. The overly conservative treatment of new ideas, such as skate boarding or contemporary music. The naive mindset of the problems of the community. The lack of support given to local business by political leaders and citizens alike. culture that is shipped in by non-local businesses. The extreme lack of culture encouragement though any type of arts. Lack of education of the importance of culture. And the mindset held by the community against the somewhat "liberal" youth who want to see Berne culture enhanced and changed for the better.

The First Mennonite Church of Berne has noticed some of these problems and has steeped up to aid the communities cultural growth. in the summer of 2007, FMC hosted a skate-boarding camp that lasted for an entire week. the children and youth of the community built skating equipment before, and the event took place in the parking lot of the Church.

Some of the more educated college students have begun to recognize thier important role in community development. Some of them are now adopting the slogan, "Keep Berne Local," noticing the importance of local business on the future economy. Some of the youth organized a music festival in Berne in 2007, called Awsomefest. Bands that were included were "Hoping for Haley," "The Greater Midwest Identity Theft" and local talents from "To the Forgotten" and "Andy Lehman" among others.

despite these events, the community has been slow to accommodate, even to the plea of the youth to stop the clock tower project in order to invest it in more promising projects for the community, such as encouraging local business, aiding the lower social class of Berne, a cultural area for art in many forms, grants for local artists, or a theater for drama/performing arts. Non of these pleas have been met with any response. It seems as if the youth and college age citizens are continually being ignored, and no steeps have been taken to allow their voice to be heard.

The Society for the Expression of Thinking Higher

S.E.T.H. is a society of local artists from Berne who believe in the betterment of the community through art and culture. The society was formed in 2005 as a way for the group to critique and vivify their own works. The society still exists, although most of its members are separated college students. Activities that may be held include poetry readings, theological/philosophical discussions, Music sharing, and coffee socials. The members of the society as of now include

Michael Kellermeyer, Austin Givens, Christian Baer, Todd McLaughlin, and Nathan Heartmen.

External links

Adams Memorial Hospital. 25 Mar. 2007. [1]

Amishville USA. 22 Mar. 2007. [2]

Berne Chamber of Commerce. 25 Mar. 2007. [3]

Berne Public Library. 24 Mar. 2007. [4]

Berne Swiss Days. 25 Mar. 2007. [5]

Black Bear Inn & Suites. Personal Interview. 30 Mar. 2007.

Eastern Indiana Experience. 18 Mar. 2007.

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Insight. [7]

Mapquest. 29 Mar. 2007. [8]

Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower. 25 Mar. 2007. [9]

Coordinates: 40.658146° N 84.954256° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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