Madison County Historical Society


Madison County Historical Society







Saturday, October 7, 2017




Vintage Fire Museum

The Vintage Fire Museum is nationally known;  it features beautifully restored fire engines, hand pumpers, chemical engines, horse-drawn steamers, early motorized engines and other equipment dating back to 1756.

The Museum includes the major exhibit area,a gift store, Safety Education Center, a room on regional firefighting history, and an area honoring firefighters who have lost their lives fighting fires.


This candy shop is one of the oldest, continuously operated, and family-owned candy businesses in the U.S.  It was opened in its present location in 1891 by Gustav Schimpff Sr. and Jr.

It comes complete with a '50s soda fountain and original tin ceiling.  It offers the visitor a look back into the world of historic candy making, packaging, and advertising. 

Signature candy -Producing Red Hots

Howard Steamboat Museum

The Howard Museum is a really big step back in time.  The home was built in 1894 by premier Steamboat builders.

The museum features original furniships, brass chandeliers, stained glass windows, intricate carvings throughout the house, and a grand staircase.

This motor tour is a fund raiser for the Madison County Historical Society and is managed and planned by our member volunteers. 

Madison County Historical Society|15 West 11th Street, P. O. Box 696, Anderson, Indiana 46015-0696|(765)683-0052|





The motor coach will be available for boarding at 6:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of the Anderson Meijer's Store parking lot.  We will depart promptly at 7:00 a.m. 

Donuts, orange juice and bottled water will be available during the morning drive.  Also, Harry has promised a variety of games and puzzles!


Arrival in Jeffersonville at the Clark-Floyd Counties Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. for a 30 minute visit.  If you are interested, they do have a gift shop here.

 We will proceed to our first stop at the Vintage Fire Museum at about 10 a.m. for a pre-paid guided tour.  The tour will continue to the Schimpff's Confectionery  located in the Arts, Shopping and Dining District at 11:15 a.m. 

There will free time to eat lunch and explore the area.  Promptly at 2:00 p.m. we will board the bus and proceed to the Howard Steamboat Museum for a pre-paid guided tour.

At 3:15 we again board the bus.  We will have a narrated drive-through of the Jeffersonville Quartermaster's Depot.

 We will be departing Jeffersonville at about 4:00 p.m. for the dinner stop at Gray Brothers Cafeteria in Mooresville. 

We plan on leaving Mooresville at about 6:50 p.m. and arrive back in Anderson by about 8 p.m. 

Lunch and dinner cost is the responsibility of the guest traveler.


  • This trip will be available exclusively to members of the Madison County Historical Society and their guests until September 15, 2017, after which it will be open to the general public.
  • We will sell 50 seats on a 55 passenger motor coach.
  • Complete payment must accompany all reservations.  All sales are final and not refundable.
  • Base price for trip:  $65/person
  • Included:  motor coach, driver's gratuity, donuts and juice, admission fees for the guided tours.
  • NOT included:  coffee or tea(or BYO),  costs of lunch and dinner. 
  • Please note:  If you pay and cannot attend, please let us know.  If we have a waiting list, there may be someone to buy your seat.
 To pay for your tour:
  • you may bring your reservation(s) to the office
  • use the mail-in form below

For questions and more information, please call Milt Otto at 765-683-1526 or Harry Kirchenbauer, 765-734-1495.