Switzerland County History

County History

  • 1 May 1801 – Act of Congress deeded select land to Swiss winemakers to cultivate grapes on 12 year credit.
  • 20 Jan 1803 – Covenant of Association for the Settlement of the Lands of Switzerland on the Ohio River.
  • 9 Feb 1810 – Post Office in Vevay created, John Francis Dufour, postmaster.
  • Spring 1813 – Town of Vevay laid out, plat map recorded in Jefferson County, Indiana.
  • 1 Oct 1814 – Formation of Switzerland County, Indiana Territory. Created from parts of Jefferson and Switzerland counties.
  • 28 Oct 1814 – Vevay named county seat of Switzerland County.
  • Early 1816 – First newspaper, “Indiana Register” published
  • 1 Mar 1822 – Part of Switzerland County to Ripley County.


  • Bloomfield, Tom, Mildred Hamilton and Juanita Broadhead, compilers. Switzerland County, Indiana: Index of Names of Persons and of Firms. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1980.
  • Dufour, Perret. “Swiss Settlements of Switzerland County, Indiana,” Indiana Historical Collections, Volume 13. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1925.
  • History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties. Chicago: F. E. Weakley and Co., 1885.
  • Vevay High School, Class of 1913. Brief History of Switzerland County, Indiana: Centennial Souvenir, 1813-1913. Vevay, 1913.
  • Pence, George and Nellie C. Armstrong. Indiana Boundaries: Territory, State and County. 1933. Reprint, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1967.
  • Vevay-Switzerland Sesquicentennial Corporation. Vevay-Switzerland Sesquicentennial, 1813-1963. (Vevay, Indiana, 1963).

Online Resources

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries from The Newberry Library