Hessen Cassel is an unincorporated community in Marion Township, Allen County, Indiana, named for the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel in Germany. Fort Wayne lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Hessen-Cassel.
Hessen Cassel was platted in 1863. Hessen Cassel was originally built up chiefly by Germans.
One of the top tourist attractions in the area of Hessen Cassel is the Historic Old Fort. It is a reconstructed 19th-century military fort, with living history exhibits & demonstrations. History is kept alive at the Historic Old Fort as visitors can watch the blacksmith make nails, the tinsmith make bowls and visit the bakery with an authentic brick oven.
Speaking of history, there’s another history-rich site worth visiting at Hessen Cassel, the History Center. The museum showcases over 26,000 artifacts, documents & photographs related to local history.
Botanical lovers will love the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory at Fort Wayne. It’s an indoor-outdoor botanical conservatory home to endangered flora & educational programs. This is a nice place to visit especially during the winter to remind yourself that things still grow.. Keep posted for the famous butterfly exhibit.
For little boys and boys at heart, a trip to the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum is a must. It’s basically a museum in a former engine house showcasing old fire trucks, firefighting gear & other memorabilia. It’s also a great place to take kids who love vehicles, fire trucks and fire fighting.
Residents and tourists who are fans of hiking and birdwatching can go to the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve. It is a protected, 756-acre wetland & native wildlife habitat featuring 10+ miles of hiking trails. It’s a beautiful avenue to go walking, fishing, biking, etc.
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