The Swiss Community Historical Society was founded over fifty years ago to honor and preserve the heritage of the Bluffton-Pandora community. It does this by collecting and preserving papers, books, artifacts, and records of historical interest, and by acquiring property especially important to this heritage.
Many of our activities are focused around the Schumacher Homestead, garden, summer kitchen and bank barn, 8350 Bixel Rd, between Bluffton and Pandora.
Current Events – Summer of 2017
The Swiss Community Historical Society is proudly announcing that we will open the Homestead to the public every Saturday in June, July and August from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Docents will be available each Saturday to interpret the homestead’s history. The Barn will also be open, on the last Saturday of each month, only.
Our address is 8350 Bixel Rd, Bluffton, OH 45817
Admission will be $5.00 per person. Admission for Swiss Community Historical Society members will be FREE! Admission is also free to all children 16 and under, accompanied by an adult.
Yearly SCHS memberships of $30.00 will be available on site.
Areas open to visitors each Saturday afternoon include:
1843 House (restored)
Summer Kitchen (reconstructed on the original foundation.)
1850’s Kitchen Garden
Outdoor Bake Oven
1854 Barn (Only open on the last Saturday of each month.)
Please visit us!
Our Annual Meeting of the SCHS or “Swiss Day” will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. We will start with a potluck at 12:30 p.m. Please bring a hot and cold dish and be ready to enjoy the best old style pot luck around! After lunch, the program will consist of a performance of “Letters from the Swiss Community, 1840-1860” written by Joanne Niswander and performed by members of the SCHS. All are welcome!
We give tours to groups, big and small, by appointment. Please contact Joanne Niswander at 419-358-0186 to set up a custom tour of our Swiss Homestead. For more information, please see the link for “Tours” on this Home Page.
You can also find us on Facebook for updates on our latest activities. We have an active Facebook page with photographs, new and vintage, genealogy, and history relating to the entire Bluffton-Pandora, Ohio area.