One of Indiana’s oldest historical societies (it was formed in 1925), the Switzerland County museum is a well-organized, well-preserved, and extensive look into the past!
Switzerland County Museum in Vevay, Indiana
We noticed the cute little building as we drove around Vevay. When we finally had a moment to stop in, we couldn’t believe how big it was–and that the Switzerland County Museum was housed in two buildings!
What’s particularly neat about this Indiana town museum is that one of the buildings is a Presbyterian Church–and part of the museum has been housed inside since 1970.
When I say church, I mean it! After browsing through the lower level of Vevay artifacts, you’ll climb up the stairs, walk past the working rope for the church bell, and head into the sanctuary–which hasn’t changed a bit since 1970.
The 1860 church was donated to the historical society with the stipulation that they do not alter the sanctuary which includes the gorgeous colorful glass windows! It’s a peek into the past that I haven’t seen before.
Vevay, Indiana County MuseumNow as to the artifacts, the Switzerland County Museum certainly has plenty! From shelving out of a post office to a mastadon tusk, old farm tools and housekeeping items, to an incredible quilt that detailed the names of county residents perhaps of a particular church–all 313 of them, it’s just incredible and apparently a bit of a mystery.
The other building, the old parsonage, is the Life on the River Ohio River Museum. It’s wonderful!
There are gleaming glass cases of these highly detailed steamboat models created by a resident of Switzerland County many decades ago. Our boys were impressed–and so were we.
It’s an informative and entertaining look at the river when steamboats, flatboats, and towboats ruled. For a town that is thought to have had as many as 18 steamboat stops, you can see why it’s kind of a big deal!
Go ThereBoth of our boys loved both part of this museum! Kid #1 rang the bell and loved browsing through the collection of fossils, old tools, and the steamboat models while Kid #2 didn’t know what to think but sure grinned the whole time.
There is history and legend all around you? Visit the Switzerland County Museum for an amazing look back at this important period of Indiana history.
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