The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Inc. would like to thank you for visiting this website!


Located in Syracuse, Indiana in the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, has been offering a glimpse back in time for the Lakeland area since 1987. It was founded with funds gained from the Syracuse Sequicentennial Celebration and occupied a room in the Syracuse Public Library until June, 2002 when it moved to its current location in the Syracuse Community Center.

On Sale Now!mier car postcard

The main attraction at the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, the Mier Car, has been made into a postcard and is available for purchase at the museum for $1.00 plus tax.


Welcome — 12 Comments

  1. What is the cost to visit your museum and do you have a gift shop?

    Gladys Airgood, volunteer
    North Manchester Center For History

    • The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum is free to all; donations are appreciated.

      We house a small gift shop with books, note cards, pictures, and DVDs of local interest. Check out the “Products” tab for additional information.

  2. I am looking for any pictures you may have of the Hoosier Skateland on St. Rd. #13 South in Syracuse. (where the American Legion is now) We are going to tear down the South part of the building soon & want to sell pieces of the rink floor and would like to put a picture of the building when it was a skating rink on the boards, We are hoping to offset the cost of the tear down with the sales of the pieces. Please contact me, so I may come in to view anything you may have. Thank you for your time. Debbe Kuhn

    • The property on which the Oakwood Inn and Conference Center now sits was originally farmland known as “Conkling Hill”. The first hotel at Oakwood was a large, wood frame structure on top of the hill; it was originally built as a farmhouse, but began receiving guests in 1875, the year when the B&O Railroad commenced service to Syracuse. In 1892, a committee was appointed by the Indiana Evangelical Conference of the Evangelical Church to find and purchase a permanent camp meeting ground; the Conkling Hill 40-acre tract was found and later purchased by the IEC in 1893 from W.F. Frederick for $5,000. At the time, the site consisted of the hotel, a barn, and an ice house. The first camp meeting took place in August 1893 in a large tent. As years went by, attendance grew, buildings were built, roads were paved, etc. The first youth camp, Camp Oaks, began in 1926. Other important programs over the years included Chinese Family Camp (started in 1950), a camp for mentally challenged children (started in 1966), and various week-long camps for training Sunday School teachers. The original hotel has been razed and replaced or renovated several times in its past – once in 1926-27, again in 1995-96, and most recently in 2012-13.

  3. FYI – Marjorie Teetor Meyer has written a book called One Man’s Vision. The Teetor family vacationed for years at Lake Wawasee. They were from Hagerstown, Indiana. Marjorie’s book is about her father, Ralph Teetor; he developed the cruise control. He was a 33 degree mason and an engineer. Why is this important? He was blind! The book tells the story of this remarkable man and his accomplishments. It was published in Indiana and is still available from Amazon.

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