The "Time Was" Museum, Elkhart, IN - (A Permanent Local Attraction)

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The "Time Was" Museum,

Elkhart, IN - (A Permanent Attraction)

Located in downtown Elkhart, Indiana, the "Time Was" Museum, was founded by Historian Paul Thomas, who has collected information dating back to 1856.  The museum houses photos, memorabilia and newspapers, located on 2 floors of the building.

Mr. Thomas is a delight as he tells the history of Elkhart, using many props from actual inventions that originated locally. School children are fascinated by the different hats he uses to tell the stories of the founding of Elkhart. People of all ages visit the museum as well as large groups, such as the Elkhart County Board of REALTORS®, who have visited several times over the past few years. I would recommend making  trip to North Main Street in downtown Elkhart. I have been there several times and am looking forward to my next visit.

You can visit by chance, as he has no set hours.  The best way is to call for an appointment.


The "Time Was" Museum

125-A, North Main Street, Elkhart, Indiana



If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County, Indiana, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana

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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Larry Johnston this sounds like it would be a really neat exhibit!  Mr Thomas looks like he really enjoys doing this! 

Jan 27, 2015 01:22 AM #1
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Wonderful Time Was . . . and Is!  Thanks to Mr. Thomas keeping it alive.  I love stuff like this.

Jan 27, 2015 04:55 AM #2
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Now that is an interesting Museum. Catch it open when you can.  Does he charge admission as well?

Jan 27, 2015 06:00 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry it looks like Mr. Thomas has made the "Time Was Museum" a very special place to visit.

Jan 27, 2015 07:38 AM #4
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think I would really enjoy meeting Mr. Thomas. He sounds like an interesting character. 

Jan 27, 2015 08:40 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Larry, a great name for the museum and I would definiely enjoy meeting Mr. Thomas.

Jan 27, 2015 10:39 AM #6
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Mr Thomas is quite a  character too! This is a fascinating place and he claims to have burial records for everyone buried in Elkhart County.  That would be a big task in and of itself, and that is just one collection housed in The Time Was Museum.

Jan 27, 2015 10:58 AM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Larry,

What a fun museum and Mr. Thomas sounds like a local treasure!

Jan 27, 2015 11:36 AM #8
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Larry - What a great name for a museum- hope you have been there!

Jan 27, 2015 12:41 PM #9
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Love the name of the museum, too. It's genius. I also like that there are no set hours.. that only happens on Main Street, USA.

Jan 27, 2015 01:04 PM #10
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Hey Larry:


Hope you are having a great week. This musuem looks like loads of fun. 

Jan 27, 2015 01:54 PM #11
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Larry. Not something you see very often, but Mr. Thomas is keeping it all alive.

Jan 27, 2015 07:36 PM #12
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Larry.  That is a real time machine.

Jan 27, 2015 08:18 PM #13
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry, this is quite interesting, and have not heard of this.   Bet you find some interesting things in this museum. 

Jan 27, 2015 09:30 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for telling us about the "Time Was" Museum. This would be an interesting facility to visit.

Jan 27, 2015 10:30 PM #15
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

How unique Larry Johnston I haven't heard of a museum by that name. What an interesting concept.

Jan 28, 2015 11:09 AM #16
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

The "Time Was" Museum, in Elkhart, IN really looks like a fun place to spend hours. Thanks for sharing Larry.

Jan 28, 2015 11:09 AM #17
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