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Vevay in Switzerland County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Styles and Stories of Vevay's Buildings

 
 
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Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
1. The Styles and Stories of Vevay's Buildings Marker
Inscription.  From where you now stand you are sampling some of the building styles found in Switzerland County. On Main Street to your left are three two-story homes. The farthest from you is a dwelling built in the Italianate style. This design style was popular around the time of the Civil War. The second large house is even older, built around 1830. It was the birthplace of Edward Eggleston, the famous Indiana author of “The Hoosier Schoolmaster.” His house is in the Federal style, a simple design which evolved during the early part of the nineteenth century. The house on the corner is the oldest of all, built in 1816 by the cabinetmaker named George Knox. It is also in the Federal style, but is built of wood instead of brick. The earliest Methodist meetings in Vevay were held here in the Knox House.

The Gothic Revival style Church to the west on Main Cross Street is the Switzerland Baptist Church, built in 1873. If you look toward the hill at the end of Main Cross Street you’ll get a glimpse of the stately Benjamin Schenick Home, which was built in 1870 at a cost of $67,000 and has over 40 rooms. The Switzerland County Courthouse
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was built in 1864 and showcases the Classic Revival style. It has an underground dungeon. The hexagonal building once located behind the courthouse was a six-seater outhouse. It has been moved to accommodate a new courthouse addition.
 
Erected by The Switzerland County Historical Society, The Ohio River Scenic Byway.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 38° 44.818′ N, 85° 4.106′ W. Marker is in Vevay, Indiana, in Switzerland County. Marker is on Main Street (State Road 56) west of Liberty Street, on the right when traveling west. Located on the curb-side sidewalk at the front (south) of the Switzerland County Courthouse in Vevay, Indiana. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vevay IN 47043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Switzerland County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Site - Switzerland County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Switzerland County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dungeon (within shouting distance of this marker); Switzerland County Honor Roll Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jail (within shouting
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Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
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distance of this marker); Privy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Tandy Ellis (approx. ¾ mile away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vevay.
 
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Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
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Front - - Switzerland County Courthouse - Vevay, Indiana image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
5. Front - - Switzerland County Courthouse - Vevay, Indiana
Old Courthouse - Six Stall Privy image. Click for full size.
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6. Old Courthouse - Six Stall Privy
Switzerland Baptist Church - - In Background (to right) - - - - - - - - -> > > image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
7. Switzerland Baptist Church - - In Background (to right) - - - - - - - - -> > >
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 15, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Request for more photos (exterior and interior) of the mentioned buildings in this marker is suggested. • Can you help?

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Jun. 25, 2022