Celebrate the holiday season with “A Country Christmas” visit to Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud home in beautiful Switzerland County, Indiana on Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 4pm. Hearken back to the early and mid-19th century as you enjoy the Christmas holiday as it could have been celebrated on the rural farms in southern Indiana.
Enjoy a simple country Christmas at 1820’s Venoge and experience the beginnings of our modern Christmas celebrations at the 1860’s Thiebaud farmstead.
At Venoge you can sample traditional Swiss Christmas cookies, including the very special Springerle cookies, made with wooden molds. Sample doughnuts and sweet potato fritters made on the hearth and enjoy other period holiday treats. Listen to music of the period played by Michael Thompson and play a few indoor games. Musee de Venoge is one of the few remaining examples of the French colonial architecture that once characterized the first settlement of Switzerland County.
The Thiebaud home will be welcoming Christmas with later traditions such as a decorated tree and holiday crafts, as well as small dramatizations of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and other tales. Join the Thiebaud’s in the family parlor for holiday treats and spiced cider while enjoying Christmas tunes played by West of Dublin. A few holiday gift items will be offered for sale, including old-fashioned toys, corn husk dolls, dried flower bouquets and cookbooks.
Musee de Venoge is located at 4085 State Route 129, which is one mile up 129 off of SR 56. The Thiebaud Farmstead is located at 5147 East State Road 56, which is about three miles west of Vevay.