Old-Fashioned Ways

Rural Heritage Tour takes visitors
on trip back in time

Two-day event to take place at two locations near Vevay

VEVAY, Ind. (October 2017) – Take a break from life as you know it and come visit two National Register sites that honor our rural past. The Rural Heritage Tour will take place Oct. 7-8 in the countryside near Vevay, Ind. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Experience the early life, music and trades of the French-Swiss settlers who made Switzerland County, Ind., their home at Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud Farmstead. 

Photo provided

Mike McHugh and his daughter, Kelly, demonstrate making cider during a previous event in Switzerland County.

Musee de Venoge at 4085 Hwy. 129, west of Vevay, is one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture once common in Switzerland County in the early 1800s. The site will be busy with a variety of autumn tasks.
Big favorites are tasting cider fresh pressed from local apples, hearthside cheese making, and baking pies and breads in the outdoor bake oven. Period music lends merriment to the day.  Visitors can also make their own moth repellant from herbs from the Venoge kitchen garden.
At the Thiebaud Farmstead at 5147 E. State Rd. 56, an 1850s Greek Revival home is the center of family activities. They’ll be busy with daily tasks and enjoyments, including hearth cooking, quilting, spinning, sewing and laundry.
Participate in children’s games of the time and toss a few horse (mule) shoes, all while enjoying the music of the time. Enjoy seeing a working forge and see progress and learn about developing projects at the farmstead including the smokehouse and hay press barn. Demonstrations will take place both days.
“Forget-me-not” Cottage Dancers will be visiting both sites on Saturday, providing appropriate dance for the two time periods. Visitor participation is welcome.
From domestic arts to period pastimes, the Rural Heritage Tour offers an up-close and personal experience while honoring Switzerland County’s heritage. The event is sponsored by the Switzerland County Historical Society and Musee de Venoge. A small admission is charged. You may start the tour at either site. A map will then be provided to guide you to the other site.
Rural Heritage Tour 2015 is made possible through the generous support of Switzerland County Tourism and a grant from the Regional Arts Partner with funding from the Columbus Area Arts Council, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

• For more information, visit www.switzcomuseums.org or www.venoge.org or call (812) 427-3560 or (812) 593-5726.

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