Switzerland County – 1826 Indiana Gazetteer

Switzerland County, Indiana entries from:
Scott, John. The Indiana Gazetteer or Topographical Dictionary. 1826. Reprint, Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society, 1954.
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ALLENSVILLE, a small post town in Switzerland county.

MANCHESTER. A small post town in Dearborn county.

MOUNT STERLING. A small, thriving village in Switzerland county, in which there is a post office established.

SWITZERLAND. An old county bordering on the Ohio river, which forms its boundary on the east and south, Jefferson on the west and Dearborn county on the north. It contains about 250 square miles and 6000 inhabitants. The land is fertile and well watered by several small mill streams. There are several settlements of Swiss emigrants in this county, who have cultivated the vine with good success; wine of a superior quality, has been made, in large quantities, by these industrious citizens. Few counties in this state possess greater advantages than Switzerland. Vevay is the seat of justice.

VEVAY. This town is the seat of justice of Switzerland county: it is situated on the north bank of the Ohio river, 100 miles by water below Cincinnati, 18 above Madison, and 95 south-east from Indianapolis. N. Lat. 38 45, W. Lon. 7 50. It contains about 100 handsome brick and frame dwelling houses, 400 inhabitants, 7 stores, 3 taverns, 3 lawyers, 3 physicians, and a printing office; there are also several extensive vineyards in its immediate vicinity, owned by Messrs. DuFours, Mr. Bateau, Mr. Morod, and Mr. Galey. Great quantities of red and white wines are manufactured at these establishments, which meet with a ready market in the neighboring towns in this state and Kentucky. There is a large settlement of Swiss emigrants adjacent to this town, the greater part of whom are engaged in the cultivation of the vine, and extensive gardens.