(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
The Musee de Venoge will have its fourth annual open house event this weekend to showcase the historic site and 1800s-era trades in Switzerland County.

Musicians and artisans will be on hand during the event at the restored homestead to demonstrate talents and trades of the early 1800s. The rain-or-shine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The French-Swiss cottage is one of few remaining examples of French colonial architecture that was once common to the early settlement of Vevay, a release said. The property known as Venoge was purchased by Louis Gex Oboussier in 1805, about three years after John James Dufour petitioned Congress to set aside lands in Southern Indiana. Dufour promised to establish a U.S. wine industry in the area.

Jacob Weaver and his French-Swiss wife, Charlotte Golay Weaver, later purchased the land known as Venoge and lived in the home with seven of their 10 children. Jacob Weaver's early letters helped give insight to historians about everyday life during Indiana's early years.

Music, domestic arts and early trades will be featured at the 1805-1815 farmstead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, during the open house. Hearth cooking demonstrations will go on throughout the events, and a French-Swiss weaver will show guests how to make linen from flax to cloth.

Other entertainment and music will be provided by Michael Rennels Thompson, a fiddle maker.

The outdoor bake oven will be in use, and a kitchen garden with heirloom plants and herbs will be on display.

Professional interpreters and other volunteers in period clothing also will be available during the weekend activities.

Admission to the open house event is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Musee de Venoge is located one mile north on State Road 129, just west of Vevay.

For more information, visit the Musee de Venoge online at www.venoge.org or call (812) 593-5726.