Berne, Indiana is a small town south of Fort Wayne, Indiana with a Swiss  Mennonite background.  They came in the early 1800’s seeking religious freedom and a place to farm and make a new life for themselves.  There is a strong Swiss influence in many of the buildings, and in the ethos of the town.  Doors are left unlocked, people are courteous, and hard work is a way of life.

Growing up in northern Indiana, which has the second largest Amish/Mennonite population in the United States, I feel fortunate to have lived in a place that still celebrates old-fashioned values.  The small towns of northern Indiana are good places to live.

I enjoyed a stop in Berne on Friday as I began my long journey back to Savannah, GA.  It was a good reminder of a good life!