4/25/2013 3:00:00 PM Venoge Spring Open House this weekend
This Saturday and Sunday, April 27th-28th, Musee de Venoge, a restored 30-acre 1805-15 farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open to the public for its annual "Spring Open House".
The house is one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture that once was common in the Vevay, Switzerland County settlement.
John James Dufour, a resident of Vevey, Switzerland, petitioned Congress in 1802 to set aside lands in southern Indiana - then part of the Northwest Territory - with the promise of establishing a U.S. wine industry. In 1805, another Swiss, Louis Gex Oboussier bought a portion of the property now called 'Venoge'.
The restored homestead will welcome the public by hosting a select group of musicians and artisans who will demonstrate their talents and trades.
Hearth cooking will be ongoing as well as the first use of Venoge's full size early 1800's loom. Peggy Taylor, from Westphalia, Indiana, will be demonstrating on the loom and discussing early woven fabric and textiles from the first settlement period of Switzerland County.
Entertainment will be provided by musician and fiddle maker Michael Rennels Thompson and Sara and Maynard Johnson, both using early 19th century instruments.
Hours for the Spring Open House are Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public; donations are always welcome.
Musee de Venoge is located on State Road 129 just north of State Road 56 on the west side of Vevay.
For further information see www.venoge.org; or call (812) 593-5726.