Videos

Welcome to our video page!

We have not been able to invite the public to Venoge this year so we have turned to videos as the next best thing. You will also find we are using music to tell the story of Venoge. 

In the next few months we are planning more short videos which will cover domestic arts, trades and hearth cooking. 

Please take a look and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss our latest.

Enjoy!

DOMESTIC ARTS

Donna Weaver, Director of Musée de Venoge, demonstrates a 19th-century decorative arts technique of vinegar graining. A summer workshop is available for those interested in learning more about this easy and clever method of embellishment.

Take a look at a past summer workshops at Venoge.

Watch time 5:17

HEARTH COOKERY

Laura Willyard tells us how to make an early 19th century healing salve with common plants at Musée de Venoge. She uses Comfrey, Mint, Plantain, Sweet Oil and Beeswax.

Made for 19th century medicinal herb demonstration purposes. Not intended for use.

Laura’s Plantain and Comfrey Healing Salve:
–Take Comfrey, Mint and Plantain and some Lavender if you have it; a goodly handful of each, let them set overnight to wilt them a bit.
–Then cut all them very small & stamp them good in a mortar til they are well bruised.
–Place them into a pot and pour over with enough sweet oil (olive oil other oils fats maybe used) to cover herbs; Set pot near the hearth to steep several hours to steep (simmer gently).
–Once steeped set away from hearth and let cool; when cool lay straining cloth over bowl herbs, pour the contents into cloth and twist cloth with hands to press out oil and the essence of the herbs into the bowl.
–The oil should now be good and green; pour this green oil back into pot and add beeswax; return pot to heat near hearth to melt beeswax slowly. When melted pour this into your containers.
–Cover with cloth tied with string and store in cool dark place (for modern storage, pour into tin or a sealed jar and store in refrigerator)

Watch time 5:04

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

This special music video features the song, “The Old House”, performed by the renowned tenor, John McDermott. We thank him for personally granting permission to use. Scenes were filmed at the Musée de Venoge and portray Jacob and Charlotte Weaver, the first couple who resided there.

Watch time 3:12

Enjoy this wonderful and haunting melody played in memory of Charlotte Golay Weaver (1787-1841), who with her husband and 10 children were the first residents of the home now known as Musée de Venoge. Michael Thompson wrote and performed this original score as he sat on a fallen tree near Charlotte’s graveside.

Watch time 1:22

Watch the trailer for our true-life movie about Jacob Weaver and his family, the first owners of the Venoge cottage. It is based on 34 letters written between 1813 and 1847, set against the backdrop of the wilds of early Indiana it chronicles their life, from prosperity to bankruptcy, weddings, births and deaths, life-altering disease, warfare, but most of all the dreams they had in this new land.

Buy the DVD of To Make a Beginning

Watch time 1:52

19th CENTURY TRADES (coming soon)

EVENTS AT VENOGE

See what it was like in 1815 when Musée de Venoge celebrates our National Day!  This public 4th of July event featured food, speeches, fashions, trades, crafts, music, and dancing reminiscent of the days when Indiana was a young state.

Take a look at more pictures from this past event.

Watch time 1:23

RESTORATION OF VENOGE

The amazing story about the detective work guiding a 16-year effort to save and restore the Musée de Venoge cottage near Vevay, Indiana. Jacob Weaver, the first owner of the Venoge cottage, once referred to it in a letter to his father as ‘A Small Place I Wrote You About’. Today it is a National Register-listed house and a rare example of an early 1800s French Colonial style of construction.

Visit the Venoge cottage!

Watch time 16:41

Welcome to our video page!

We have not been able to invite the public to Venoge this year so we have turned to videos as the next best thing. You will also find we are using music to tell the story of Venoge. 

In the next few months we are planning more short videos which will cover domestic arts, trades and hearth cooking. 

Please take a look and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss our latest.

Enjoy!

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