~Burke Place Local Attractions ~
Burke Place Bed and Breakfast is located in Marion, IN, a community of approximately 30,000 people, in north central Indiana. Marion has many fine local businesses, major corporations, two universities ( Taylor University and Indiana WesleyanUniversity ) and a community college (vy Tech Community College). Marion is the birthplace of many famous persons, one of which is the actor James Dean. The community is located near two large recreational reservoirs, the Salamonie Reservoir and the Mississinewa Reservoirs. Nearby Wabash, IN, is the home of the Honeywell Corporation. Nearby Gas City was founded in the late 1800’s during the big gas boom.
Special attractions and events in the Marion area are:
The James Dean Gallery is located in nearby Fairmount along with the Fairmount Historical
Museum. Fairmount is usually a 15-20 minute drive from Burke Place.
Jim Davis, the creator of “Garfield the Cat” was born in Marion. You will find statues of
Garfield the Cat throughout the Grant County area, each statute having a different theme.
A map and explanation of the various statutes is available from your host(s).
The Marion Public Library and the Grant County Museum, which houses a very good
Genealogy Center, is located at 6th and Washington Streets. The Marion Grant County
Museum also houses a large amount of Marion and Grant County knowledge, memorabilia,
and historical artifacts.
The “Matthews Covered Bridge Festival and Antique Steam Engine Festival” is held each fall in nearby Matthews.
The “Van Buren Popcorn Festival” is also held each fall in nearby Van Buren. The event is
sponsored by the Weaver Popcorn Corporation.
The “Gas City Old Fashioned 4th of July Festival” is held annually on July 4th in the nearby Gas
The “Marion, July 4th River fest” is an annual event held at the north edge of the downtown
area and along the Mississinewa River.
“Marion Civic Theater Productions” is a group of local talent who produces and acts in
several plays and musical theater productions throughout the year.
The Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, an outstanding performing group, provides concerts
throughout the year at the Philippe Performing Arts Center and the Ritchie Walton
Auditorium at Marion High School. Every 4th of July, the orchestra performs in concert for
the 4th of July fireworks display.
The Cardinal Greenway Walking and Bicycle Trail actually starts just west of Marion in
Sweetser and continues through Marion to Gas City and Jonesboro.
The Wilson-Vaughn Hostess House sits across 4th Street in Marion facing the Burke Place Bed
and Breakfast. The Hostess House serves lunch daily Monday through Friday, usually from
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and has special events throughout the year.
The Northern IndianaVeteran’s Hospital Complex sits at the southeast entrance to Marion on
east 38th Street.
The Marion General Hospital Facility is constantly growing with new facilities and medical
capabilities and equipment to serve the Marion-Grant County population.
Marion is known as “Christmas City U.S.A” because of being the home of one of the largest
Christmas decoration producing plants in the world. Every Christmas, large light
displays are erected along the Mississinewa River from the Star YMCA facility on North
Washington Street, following along the Mississinewa River to Matter Park, circling the
park’s pond and Santa’s Christmas Village House. Each year the light display grows with new
light additions as busloads of visitors come to Marion to view this large Christmas light
The “Mississinewa 1812 Re-enactment” is held north of Marion along the Mississinewa River
where the actual battle was fought between the American Indians, the British Soldiers and
the early American Settlers. This is one on the largest and most authentic re-enactments of
this type in the United States.
The “Crusin’ in the Park Auto Exhibition” is held every summer for antique and period auto
The “Ducktail Run Car Show” is held every September in conjunction with the James Dean Fall
Festival in Fairmount.
Every summer the “Grant County 4-H Fair” is held at the Grant County 4-H Fair Grounds on
State Road 18 at the east entrance to Marion.
The “Quilter’s Hall of Fame” sponsors the Marie Webster Quilting Festival at the Webster
home where Marie Webster lived during her time in Marion
Marion is also home to several well known golf courses, the Walnut Creek Golf Course, the
Arbor Trace Golf Course, the Shady Hills Golf Club, and the Mississinewa Country Club
Marion also has many fine local and chain restaurants, worship facilities, well known industries,
and both local and well known retail businesses.