Welcome to Loyal, Indiana
Living History Village
1900-1925

Fulton County's Living History Village is called Loyal, Indiana, for a little village that
used to exist a few miles west of the museum. Originally named Germany, Indiana,
the people changed the name to Loyal in 1918 when the U.S. was at war with
Germany.

Loyal, Indiana, now depicts 1900-1925. This period of our history is known as the
GOLDEN AGE OF AGRICULTURE because farmers made a profit and they could
afford labor-saving equipment like hay elevators and riding cultivators and round
barns! More round barns were built in Indiana than any other state. Round barns
were an experimental structure touted by the Agricultural colleges as the most
economical and best barn ever designed. It saved the farmer labor by having the
animals all face the center for feeding.

The period is also called the GOLDEN AGE OF INDIANA LITERATURE because of
so many great writers, such as James Whitcomb Riley, George Ade, Booth
Tarkington, Gene Stratton Porter, etc.

The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of unprecedented change: from
horse power to cars and aeroplanes, from isolation to World War I's global
involvement. Cars and tractors were replacing horses -- blacksmiths were
converting their shops into garages. The industrial revolution had reached the
home and the farm, and everything was changing, including clothing styles,
cooking utensils, labor-saving gadgets such as vacuum cleaners and apple
peelers.

Did your parents or grandparents live during this time frame? If so, there is no
better way to memorialize them than by a donation to this Living History Village.
Your donation will preserve this era and help the school children of today and
tomorrow see how your loved ones lived.
Fulton County Historical Society Museums
Fulton County Historical Society
Located in North Central Indiana
Loyal, Indiana
Living History Village
1920-1925