The 181-foot covered timbered bridge, built in 1877 and restored in 1999, spans the Mississinewa River at Matthews and is the last remaining covered bridge in Grant County. It was swept from its abutments by the great 1913 flood, and floated a quarter mile downstream. It was later returned to its abutments by horses. The bridge is the site of an annual festival on the weekend after Labor Day. Scenic, serene setting for picnics or daydreams.
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Walk or drive through the 1877 bridge for unique craft exhibits, live entertainment, a variety of food vendors, antique engines, a steam-powered sawmill, an antique tractor pull and the world famous Matthews Lions Club frosted malts! Admission $2, 10 and under free. Free parking. Friday events 11am-9pm, Saturday events from 9am-9pm, and Sunday events from 9am-4pm. Huge crafts and flea market area. Saturday at 9am enjoy the antique tractor parade. Don’t miss the Matthews Fire Department car show at the Matthews Community Building on Sunday from 10am-4pm. Terrific family-friendly event, fun all weekend long!
6th Annual Matthews Fire Department Car Show! $10 entry fee. Registration 10am-2pm. Judging 11am-3pm. Awards 4pm. Awards for Top 50. Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Truck, Best Interior, Best Rat Rod, Best Original, Best Custom, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, and Fire Chief Pick. Dash Plaques for first 100. 50/50 Drawing. Plenty of food, entertainment and vendors in addition to 50’s music by KC’s Rock-N-Roll Oldies throughout the day! Free WiFi provided by Eastern Indiana WiFi. All proceeds benefit the Matthews Fire Department.
Amazing collection of memorabilia from the heyday of Matthews, Indiana. Part of the Trenton Gas Field, the town grew during the gas boom days of the early 1900’s and was a candidate for the location of the state capital. Founded in 1895, Matthews was named for then Governor Claude Matthews. More than 5,000 people lived here at the town’s peak. A replica of the Cumberland Covered Bridge, military memorabilia, glass bottles manufactured in Matthews, old business signs, yearbooks, pictures, etc. all tell the story of this gas boom town. Staffed by volunteers. No admission charge, but donations accepted. Open Tuesday… Read more »
Ride distance 70 total miles – 35 before lunch, 35 after lunch. Lunch provided, camping, door prizes. Bike requirements – head light, tail light, license plate.
Start at the Matthews Covered Bridge. Fun time for all ages and skill levels, family oriented. No time keeping computers allowed. Primitive camping available. $20 fee for all riders.
Part of the AMA/Kenda National Enduro Series.Row assignments made by LiveLaps on a first come first serve basis. Maximum 500 riders. Riders meeting 8:15am, fun starts at 9am. Inspections Saturday 2-7pm, Sunday 7-8:15am. Primitive camping available.
Browse the wide assortment of antiques in this quaint antique store. Dishes, dressers, milk cans, chicken crates, washtubs, wringers – our stock is always growing and changing. Hay hooks, antique clocks, kerosene lamps, china, depression glass and more. Every time you visit you’ll discover new treasures to take home. Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-4pm.
Presented by the Epworth United Methodist Church. Doors open at 6:00pm. $10 admission. Meet and Greet after the concert in the Fellowship Hall with light refreshments served. The Ball Brothers travel world-wide, singing their distinctive brand of Christian music. Enjoy their mix of musical styles, melded together by tight, four-part harmony.