|Although Hesston is home to some wonderful countryside and many u-pick produce farms, it’s know best for The Hesston Steam Museum. At the museum, an unusual outdoor attraction in rural northern Indiana, nostalgia lovers can explore the bygone era of the steam engine. Visitors can stroll among the machines that once furnished power for a growing America or ride behind a genuine coal-fired steam locomotive through 155 acres of meadows and forests on a two-mile railway line.
Known as an operating museum of restored vintage equipment, the museum’s collection includes trains, an electric power plant, a 92-ton crane, a sawmill, traction engines and stationary engines. Easily accessible from I-94 and the Indiana Toll Road, the museum can be a convenient side trip or a special outing.
The museum opens with its Whistle Stop Days on Memorial Day weekend. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day. Labor Day weekend is the annual date for Hesston’s Steam and Power Show, a favorite of thousands each year and recently named one of Indiana’s Top 10 Festivals by Travel Agent Magazine. During September and October, the museum is open Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.