Wabash Cultural District
What is the Wabash Cultural District?
From the early 1800's, the Wabash Cultural District, which includes and surrounds Historic Downtown Wabash, has been a gathering spot for generations, as well as a thriving hub of entrepreneurship. The district is unique with historical charm. Dozens of buildings have been restored to their vibrant beginnings and community leaders have continued to push the importance of culture.
Cultural District Boundaries Map
Our cultural district encompasses the historic district of downtown Wabash, which is bounded by the railroad on the North and the Wabash River on the South.
Cultural District Assets Map
Art and Culture is live in well in our district through businesses, events, and more!
Cultural District Accessibility Features Map
Cultural District Events Guide
These events are hosted by many different groups and organizations throughout the year.
Cultural District WayFinding Signage
These signs were done in partnership with many organizations to promote all that there is to see and do in the Cultural District.
It's a great place to raise a family.
Wabash offers both a safe and welcoming environment to settle down and raise a family. While famous for being the first electrically lighted city in the world, Wabash is filled with historic buildings that are constantly being renovated. Downtown Wabash offers an outstanding combination of tourism and demographics in Northeast Indiana. From unique tourism pieces, to the ease of shopping, Downtown Wabash is a great place in Northeast Indiana to call home for your business.
You won’t be doing business alone.
Downtown Wabash consists of a healthy combination of retail and restaurant offerings. Customers from all over Indiana travel to experience our unique retail mix and locally run restaurants, especially on the First Friday of each month.
We have approximately 80 retail and service businesses that are locally owned and operated. This mix of one-of-a-kind retailers gives Downtown Wabash the lively and spunky personality that customers know and love.
View the Current Downtown Map Here.
Your business will be supported by Wabash Marketplace, Inc.
Fostering community and economic development in historic Downtown Wabash since 1981, Wabash Marketplace, Inc. partners with members, local and state officials, and community leaders for continued investment and advocacy of Wabash. Their love of Wabash is contagious, and other communities are noticing. With your membership into Wabash Marketplace, Inc.., not only will you receive the many benefits, but you know you will be supporting downtown growth and development.
WMI Membership Benefits:
Why do people love Downtown Wabash?
“I love Wabash because it’s progressive and forward-thinking.”
- Amy Ford, Borders & Beyond Gallery
“I love Wabash because it attracts people from out of town due to the neat things we have here.”
- Ray Daniels, Reading Room Books
“I love Downtown Wabash because it’s a community within a community.”
- Mayor Scott Long
“I love Downtown Wabash because of its unique atmosphere from family fun to a girls’ night out.”
- Leah Hines, Tiny Threads Children’s Boutique
“I love Wabash because it’s a wonderful community with nice people. We all care about each other and work together.”
- Marjorie Francis & Terri Ahlfeld, The Francis Shoppe
“I love Downtown Wabash because of how the businesses support one another.”
- Katie Jones, Visit Wabash County
“I love Wabash because it’s a tight-knit community and if someone is in need, everyone else steps up to help.”
- Amanda Shambarger & Carli Henderson, Schlemmer Brothers Metalworks
"We chose Wabash because of its positive energy and the support the community and leaders have for Wabash. The downtown area is the heartbeat of Wabash and we love it!"
- Maria Smyth, Eclectic Shoppe
Downtown Wabash fosters healthy living and a high quality of life for all who reside here.
From beautiful walking trails to top-level fitness facilities, Downtown Wabash continues to grow as a place that values the well-being of its people.