Take a break from life as you know it and come visit three sites that honor our rural past. The Rural Heritage Tour will take place Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. in the countryside near Vevay, Ind.
Experience the early life, music and trades of the French-Swiss settlers who made Switzerland County, Indiana their home at Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud Farmstead. Also visit the Romans’ Family Farm where the bounty of fresh produce for “Eating Seasonally CSA” (Community Supported Agriculture) is grown.
Musee de Venoge at 165 Hwy 129 is one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture once common in Switzerland County in the early 1800s. An 1812 Militia with a cannon, cider making and food preparation in an outdoor bake oven are just a few of the special experiences for the site.
At the Thiebaud Farmstead at 5147 East State Road 56, an 1850s Greek Revival house restoration, the family will be preparing for their daughter’s wedding (Saturday), with ceremony to take place on Sunday. A Civil War unit and children’s games will add to the daily chores of hearth cooking and sewing of the time period.
The Romans’ Family Farm at 6174 Pendleton Run Road gives a real insight into coordinating a long growing season to provide a wide array of vegetables and other fresh produce. Amazing gardens!
From period music to heirloom gardening to the clothing and trades of the past, the Rural Heritage Tour awaits you. Admission is free, donations appreciated. For further information visit www.switzcomuseums.org or www.venoge.org or call 812-427-3560 or 812-593-5726.