Rural Heritage Tour is set for September 27th-28th


Rural Heritage is calling you!

Take a break from life as you know it and come visit three sites that honor Switzerland County’s rural past.

The ‘Rural Heritage Tour’ will take place on Saturday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sunday, September 28th from noon until 5 p.m. in the countryside of Switzerland County.

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 is located at 165 State Road 129, and 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 and 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 is located at 5147 East State Road 56, and is an 1850s Greek Revival house restoration.

For the Rural Heritage Tour, 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. Visitors will see 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 or or call (812) 427-3560 or (812) 593-5726.