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10/10/2013 3:00:00 PM
Rural Heritage Tour, Ox Roast highlight weekend activities

Experience history through a combination of engaging events while celebrating the Vevay, Switzerland County Bicentennial.

As the Bicentennial activities conclude this weekend, there are still a couple of special events which will provide a sensory look into our unique history.

- The "Rural Heritage Tour" takes place next weekend, October 12th-13th, honoring the rural heritage that founded Switzerland County. The second annual "Rural Heritage Tour" showcases three sites that exhibit a high level of stewardship towards preserving rural architecture.

The tour includes Musee de Venoge; the Thiebaud Farmstead; and the Garland Farm. The self-guided tour can start at any of the three sites this Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and this Sunday the 13th from noon to 5 p.m.

A traditional Ox Roast similar to one the early Swiss held on the Court House grounds will also be part of the festivities at Venoge on Saturday only. For those wishing to enjoy the Ox Roast dinner, there is a charge of $11. The dinner will be held at Musee de Venoge, and dessert will be served at the Thiebaud Homestead.


Musee de Venoge (111 State Road 129) and the Thiebaud Farmstead (5147 East State Road 56) are revitalized properties that had both suffered from extended periods of being vacant. Both are now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and are house museums. Period trades, music, domestic arts and hearth cooking will be part of the happenings at both locations.

Military demonstrations will take place at both sites, with an 1812 muster at Venoge and a Civil War encampment at the Thiebaud site.

The third site on the "Rural Heritage Tour" is the Garland Farm (2767 Garland Road), a modern dairy farm devoted to producing organic, grass-fed dairy products from their Jersey herd. Their modern operation is on a family farm with a house originally built in 1836 and an old scissor-truss barn that still sees a lot of activity.


No admission is charged for the "Rural Heritage Tour".

For details on the Vevay, Switzerland County Bicentennial Celebration, visit www.vevaybicentennial.org.

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