County is located in sourtheastern Indiana on the Ohio River.
Switzerland County was
first opened to settlement by terms of the Greenville Treaty of 1795.
Heathcoat Pickett was in Jefferson Township as early as 1790 and built a
cabin near the mouth of Plum Creek in 1795. Over his long life he made
around 20 trips down the Ohio River on Flatboats taking local products
to New Orleans, what was to be
Switzerland County's route for an extensive river trade in the
Ash had been a captive of the Shawnee Indians until his release in
1795. Under the terms
of the Greenville Treaty. The Indians granted Ash some land in Indiana
opposite the mouth of
the Kentucky River which was the southern end of the treaty line. On
this land he built the first brick house in 1798 in Switzerland County.
later operated a ferry across the river from near his home. Ash and his
operated the ferry for 103 years.
French-Swiss settlers came to Switzerland County in 1817. There was
Frederick Louis Thiebaud
and 7 children; Jean Jacque Philip Schneck with 2 children and
Mr.Schenck's father and
mother. Daniel Van Buren and 3 small children.
Dupray invented a steering wheel and a hay press models of which along
with his letters of patent
are in the Museum in Vevay.
first piano in Indiana belonged to Mary Wright from London, England. It
was a Clementi piano.
Eggleston was born in Switzerland County in 1837, he became an editor
and author. His writings
include The Hoosier Schoolmaster, The Hoosier Schoolboy, Roxy, The
Circuit Rider, The Faith
Doctor, and the End of the World along with several historys of the