Monday, January 22, 2018

Sample Chapter - Indiana's Fascinating Museums - Southeast Edition - Switzerland County Historical Museum

Indiana's Fascinating Museums - Southeast Edition

Switzerland County Historical Museum
Switzerland County Historical Museum
Housed in the former parsonage of the adjacent church, the "Life on the Ohio History Museum" displays the prominent role the Ohio River played in Switzerland County's history. Visitors can view the impressive display of riverboat models and read the stories about early residents along this beautiful river. In the era before railroads and interstate highways, the Ohio River played an irreplaceable role in transporting agricultural and other products from Indiana to faraway markets accessible only by water.
1860 Greek Revival Presbyterian Church
Switzerland County Historical Museum
Switzerland County Historical Museum
The 1860 Greek Revival Presbyterian Church, accessible by walking through a lovely flower garden, contains artifacts, photographs and documents from Switzerland County. Visitors can also see the interior of the church where members worshipped by ascending the stairway. The ornate hall tree at the head of the steps alone is worth the climb. A model of a hay press in the still unopened (July 2017) Agriculture Museum Center is on display. This hay press barn, one of only four still in existence in Switzerland County, once allowed farmers to press hay into 300-pound bales for shipment to distant markets.
Agriculture Museum Center

Switzerland County Historical Museum
Switzerland County Historical Museum

Indiana's Fascinating Museums - Southeast Edition
Indiana's Fascinating Museums - Southeast Edition
The Agriculture Museum, located on Indiana State Road 56 west of Vevay, includes the hay press barn, Thiebaud House, smokehouse, granary, gardens, an interpretive center. Built in the mid Nineteenth Century, the farm provides visitors with a time capsule view of farm life over 150 years ago. The restored farmhouse, Mormon hay press and interpretive center will open sometime in the near future.
Reading Room
The Reading Room includes articles, books and newspapers for visitors to read to learn more about the history of this beautiful area.
Book Store
The bookstore, located in the parsonage, includes many books about southeastern Indiana history and attractions.
Switzerland County Historical Museum
210 E Market St
Vevay IN  47043
http://www.switzcomuseums.org/
Switzerland County Historical Museum
Switzerland County Historical Museum