1812 Muster at Venoge this weekend


A special muster is being held at the historic Musee de Venoge on Saturday and Sunday, June 17th-18th.

The muster will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

On June 18th, 1812, war was declared between the United States and Great Britain, called by some the second War for Independence. A company of militia was raised by Switzerland County resident Captain Elisha Golay, a brother of the first known occupant of the Venoge cottage. The unit was formed to combat a series of Native American threats from the north.

The new recruits will gather for review, issuance of gear and provisions, speeches by leaders, and military drill before joining the war effort. Jonathan Jennings, Indiana’s first governor; and local notables will speak and Capt. Elisha Golay will discuss the coming campaign.

– For the ladies and interested public, there will be demonstrations of period arts and weaving plus period music both days.

– There will be some hands-on activities outside the cottage, hearth cooking and domestic arts inside. Baking demonstrations using the outdoor bake oven are on both days. All volunteers and participants will be in period dress.

– New this year is a working wooden printing press. Tom Strassell will show how printing was done early in our history. Tom has served as a consultant for many historic sites including New Harmony, Indiana. He also was the historic printing consultant for the PBS special Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil & The Presidency, released January 2nd, 2008.

– The Thomas Family Winery will be selling their wines and brick oven baked breads plus cheese. Peggy Taylor will be on hand to explain the mysteries of weaving and Mike McHugh will set up his gun making workshop and other artisans to share their skills.


The Venoge timber frame cottage is one of the few remaining examples of the French colonial architecture once common in Switzerland County in the early 1800s.  One of Switzerland County’s early residents, Jacob Weaver, who arrived in 1813, lived there from 1828 to 1839. Musee de Venoge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Join us for family fun and experience the early life, music and trades of the French-Swiss settlers who made Switzerland County, Indiana their home.

Admission to the muster is $2, with children under 12 admitted free.

Venoge is located at 175 Highway 129, just one mile north of State Road 56 in Vevay.

For more information, visit www.venoge.org; email info@venoge.org; or call Donna Weaver at (812) 593-5726.