Historical Diversions

The Switzerland County Historical Society hosts several "Historical Diversions" each year. These events revolve around our local history as well as specific time periods. For 2020, the events will include the following:

“Hay Days” at the Thiebaud Farmstead - Country living c. 1860. Featuring the hay press barn, a wedding anniversary celebration and trades of the time, heritage gardens and hearth cooking.

All Hallows Eve is a family fun event at the Thiebaud Farmstead that gets bigger and better every year. There are no zombies or ghouls, but folklore , games, the intriguing "Cabinet of Curiosities", the witches return with their dance, and much more.

Experience Christmas festivities during Country Christmas, again at both the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge. The sights, sounds, and smells will delight the youngest to the oldest.

Dates and times are listed below, and at the bottom are links to photos from previous events. Some of our events are free; however, in order for us to continue to bring these to the public for free and to continue to improve the experience, donations are graciously accepted.

Hay Days

Saturday, June 13th - 10am to 4pm

Sunday, June 14th - noon to 4pm

Visit the Thiebaud Farmstead and experience a haypress, blacksmith, net weaving, and hearth cooking demonstrations, heirloom gardens, period music, and period trades, all c. 1860.

$3 or $10/5 people

All Hallows Eve

Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th -  5 ~ 8 pm
1800s Halloween at the Thiebaud Farmstead with fun and games for the entire family.
$3/person or $10/5 persons

Country Christmas

December 12th - 10 am ~ 4 pm

Truly a special day at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge where Christmases of the past are warmly celebrated.


from past Chautauqua events


from past Rural Heritage Tours


from past All Hallows Eve


from past Country Christmas events

Hands on Workshops

This year, we are offering a "Back to Basics" course for children ages 8 to 11.  This will be held from June 10 though June 14 at the Thiebaud Farmstead.  Activities will be structured around outdoor skills, etiquette, botanical fun, pottery, and demonstrations.   $45 per child.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Contact the museum for more information. 

Adult classes involving archaeology, bats and bat houses, and herbs are still in the planning stages.  Stay tuned for updated info on these classes.

Contact the museum for more information or to sign up for the workshops.