1 & 2


​Festival hours

Sat.,  June 1, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun., June 2, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

River Park Square, Plymouth, IN

Free Admission!

Culver, Indiana

Photos are representative of past festivals. See Schedule of Events under The Festival for events scheduled this year. 

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In 1836, Chief Aubbeenaubbee, whose village touched the south shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, killed his wife in a drunken rage. His (adult) son, Pau-Koo-Shuck, was assigned the task of killing his father as a result, by tribal custom. This he did, becoming chief himself.

When the Potawatomi were forcibly "deported," in 1838, he managed to escape partway through the journey, returning to his beloved Lake Maxinkuckee. His life, sadly, ended not long after, when he was killed in a tavern fight in Pulaski County. However, the pioneers who had settled here -- quite a few of them, actually -- reported seeing his ghost paddling out on the waters, or dancing on the shores of Long Point, where he was allegedly buried (we have no solid evidence of his burial locale). The ghost story has been published in numerous collections of regional, statewide, and even national folklore.

Secondly, the Potawatomi chosen out of the entire area band of over 1,000, to be the spokesperson in negotiations against the federal govt. for Indian lands, was Chief Nee-Swau-Gee, whose cabin was located at the site of the old Maxinkuckee Schoolhouse, on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. He debated passionately at the Council of Kewannee (at today's Bruce Lake, in Pulaski County), in 1836. He and his tribe left peacefully for Kansas the following year, preceding the "Trail of Death" of 1838.

The British artist George Winter, who documented the Potawatomi extensively here, did a famous painting of the 1836 Council, with Nee-Swau-Gee in white (a plaque honors his memory, in Culver's town park).

I guess if we wanted to add one, it would be the (ongoing) existence of one of the oldest buildings in  the county: the old Allegheny House hotel, which was built on today's 18B Road on the east shore of the lake in the 1850s and was the first hotel on the lake for a few decades...used primarily as a fishing hotel in those pre-railroad days. It's greatest claim to fame is that Lew Wallace, the author of "Ben-Hur," the best selling novel of the 19th century, fished there and said he wrote part of the novel in one of its rooms. I believe the actual writing was post-1870, so I'm not sure how that

plays in. But again, one of the oldest still-standing

structures in the county, and the first entree onto

Lake Maxinkuckee for many people.