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Community to transform 1850s barn as Heritage Center
A capital campaign is underway to fund a heritage center at the Swiss Community Historical Society’s Bixel Rd. property.
The society signed an agreement to purchase a nearby 50×80-foot timber frame barn that was built by Swiss settlers in the 1850s. The barn will be dismantled and then rebuilt and repurposed at the homestead to provide facilities for SCHS events, family reunions, K-12 class visits, and artifact displays.
The heated and air-conditioned facility will include a large event space, catering service room, office, classroom, and public restrooms. The facility will allow for longer visits during tours and events, and eliminate weather restrictions on scheduling.
The repurposed building will feature the massive timbers used to frame the Swiss-style barn and details such as a large hay rack and Dutch doors.
With the help of individual, group, and corporate donors, we will create an important community resource for northwest Ohio. You may contact our capital campaign project manager for information packets or to schedule a meeting:
Swiss Community Historical Society
PO Box 5, Bluffton, OH 45817
Please join in creating a wonderful new resource for our community by donating to the SCHS Barn Raising Capital Campaign.
Group tours, big and small, are available by appointment. Please leave a message for Susie Gratz at 419-358-4822 to set up a custom tour. For more information, see our Tours page.
The Swiss Community Historical Society was founded over fifty years ago to honor and preserve the heritage of the Bluffton-Pandora community.
We do 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, workshop, and bank barn, 8350 Bixel Rd, between Bluffton and Pandora.