Rural Heritage Tour is this weekend


Time to celebrate Rural Heritage!

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 this Saturday, October 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and this Sunday, October 2nd, from noon to 5 p.m.

Experience the early life, music and trades of the French-Swiss settlers who made Switzerland County their home at Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud Farmstead. Also visit Stonehouse Creations, an independent agri-business site.

Musee de Venoge at 165 Highway 129 is one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture once common in Switzerland County in the early 1800s. Cider making and food preparation, spinning and weaving, 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 daily activities of hearth cooking, laundry and sewing are entertaining in contrast to today’s households. Try your hand at shooting a muzzleloader and see the remarkable progress being made in rebuilding the hay press barn. Can’t guarantee, but perhaps the hay press will be operating.

At Stonehouse Creations at 1134 East State Road 56 East of Lamb, you’ll find seasonal décor and interesting plants.

From period music and dance, to heirloom gardening, to the clothing and trades of the past, the Rural Heritage Tour awaits you. Also on display at the Thiebaud Farmstead will be the Indiana State Bicentennial Quilt, featuring a quilt block from all of Indiana’s 92 counties.

Rural Heritage Tour 2016 is sponsored by the Switzerland County Historical Society and Musee de Venoge, made possible through the generous support of Switzerland County Tourism and a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

For further information contact: or or call (812) 427-3560 or (812) 593-5726.

– Martha Bladen