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Indiana Wine Trail

A Brief History of Wine Making in the Area They don’t call it little Switzerland for nothing – Switzerland County earned its name when winemakers from Vevey Switzerland selected the area for its land ideal for growing grapes. “New Switzerland” was settled by the John James Dufour family in early 1800s in search of an […]

Rivertown Art Tour

Follow the scenic Ohio River into Switzerland County and you will find a quaint river valley teeming with talented artists. Once a year these artists from all walks gather together to celebrate their art. A collection of mediums included on the tour are sculpture, paint, glass, fiber, steel, wood, photography, and artful reuse. You will have […]

Swiss Heritage

In 1798 at age 14, John James Dufour left his native village of Vevey, Switzerland and immigrated to America.  As an agent for the “Vineyard Society”, which had been established by subscription, Dufour bought 633 acres along the Kentucky River.  This became known as the First Vineyard.  Seventeen family members & relatives followed him to this wilderness […]

Early Settlement along the Ohio River

Christened in 1800, “Indiana” means Land of the Indians,  Various American Indian tribes are a significant part of Indiana history, including the Miami, Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Shawnee, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Potawatomie, Mohican, Nanticoke, Huron and Mohegan.  Indian George Ash was captured by the Shawnee, & later granted land by the Indians. The Greenville Treaty established the […]

Phoenix Hotel

History of The Phoenix Hotel KYLE HOUSE The first hotel built on this site was known as the Kyle House.  George Harrison Kyle took possession of the lot in 1853 from the International Order of Odd Fellows.  He was an architect & builder & must have built the original hotel. It was destroyed by fire […]

19th Century Overview of Vevay, Indiana

The Indiana Territory was declared separate from the Northwest Territory in 1800.  Vevay was platted in 1813.  Switzerland County was formally organized in 1815.  Indiana became a state in 1816. The early history of this region of the Northwest Territory reveals an indigenous population of Indian tribes, who were joined by white settlers in the […]

Vevay Local History

The following “Quick History” will give you a glimpse into some of our memorable happenings and personalities of the past. “New Switzerland” was settled 1802-1807 by John Francis Dufour and members of his family, who had relocated from the First Vineyard on the Kentucky River.  They raised grapes & produced wine, becoming the first successful […]

Jean Jaques Dufour

Jean Jaques Dufour, later John James Dufour, was a complicated character.  He was the lead member of the Dufour family who settled in the new world for the purpose of carrying on the business of viticulture.  These quotes are from the book “Indiana Wine, a History” by James L. Butler and John J. Butler. “It is […]