The "Time Was" Museum, Elkhart, Indiana

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

The "Time Was" Museum,

Elkhart, IN


The "Time Was" museum was started by Paul Thomas in 1988 on North Main Street, in Elkhart, IN.  Paul Thomas, born on October, 23, 1923 has lived in Elkhart all but 6 months of his life.  He opened and ran a shoe store for almost 50 years.

After selling his store to his son,, Mr Thomas opened the "Time Was" museum above the store on the second floor.  Since then, the seven rooms have been filled with memorabilia dating back to 1868.

You must make an appointment to visit the museum by calling 574-293-6005.  Thousands of visitors, many of them being organizations and school children learning about the history of Elkhart.  The Real Estate agents visited the museum on several occasions, while Paul Thomas gave his colorful version of the history and industry of Elkhart.

If you are in the area, the "Time Was" museum is a must to visit. 


The "Time Was" Museum

125-A N. Main St. Elkhart, IN


(call for an appointment,  Groups welcomed)


If you know anyone that wants to buy or sell their home in the Elkhart County,

or surrounding area, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577,

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email  

Comments (4)

David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

The "Time Was" Museum sounds so fun. I wish every city had one. Another “to visit” place for my bucket list.

Jan 16, 2016 03:57 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Paul Thomas is so much fun to listen to, he knows details no other people know about Elkhart. He has made his love for our community his life's work, and it shows.

Jan 16, 2016 10:05 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

He is a true historian and it would be worth making a trip to hear his stories.

Jan 16, 2016 10:12 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In order to know where we are going, we need to know where we've been, as history does repeat itself.

Jan 16, 2016 10:55 AM