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Tours explore Switzerland County's early settlements
, Courier Staff Writer
Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:00 AM
Two sites plan to help area residents and visitors learn more about early settlers by featuring two historical sites during the Switzerland County Rural Heritage Tour.
Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud Farmstead will be open to the public today and Sunday for visitors to experience what life might have been like for early French and Swiss settlers during the 1800s. Both sites, once considered eye-sores to the area, have undergone restoration to highlight early homes in the county, a release said.
The Musee de Venoge, 111 State Road 129, will feature pottery, woodworking, baking in the new outdoor French-style bake oven and other period demonstrations from 1805 to 1815. Re-enactors will also be on hand to talk about early medicinal remedies, Donna Weaver with the Musee de Venoge said, and musicians will share music from the time period.
The Thiebaud Farmstead, 5147 E. State Road 56, will host barrel-making, sewing and lye soap demonstrations throughout the weekend while highlighting early life from 1817 to 1860, Martha Bladen with the Switzerland County Historical Society said. Wood cutting and other early settler winter preparations will also be held throughout the weekend.
"What we're trying to do is compare and contrast early life in Switzerland County," Weaver said.
Both locations on the tour will also demonstrate early quilting based around the period each location represents.
The two event locations on the Switzerland County Rural Heritage Tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can begin at either location, and signs will direct them in the direction of the locations in Vevay. No admission will be charged at the two historical sites, but donations will be accepted at both locations.
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