Christmas Open House

2-7:00 p.m., December 1, Schumacher Homestead

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Celebrate Christmas with acoustic music, natural decorations, candles, and firelight at the Schumacher Homestead. Refreshments will be served and activities for children will be provided in the cellar. Demonstrations of period woodworking tools will be given in the workshop, weather permitting.


Historic Swiss Barn as Heritage Center

In June 2018, the SCHS made dramatic progress in realizing the second phase of their Capital Campaign, the creation of a Heritage Center. 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 and rentals, K-12 class visits, and artifact displays.

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With the purchase, the SCHS has a new timeline with a barn move-by date of June 2019. The board is updating cost estimates and construction plans for the Heritage Center. With some $350,000 raised in pledges and contributions, another $650,000 is sought for the Heritage Center, which could open as early as 2020.

Individuals, groups, and organizations are invited to partner with SCHS in the creation of the Heritage Center. Eight giving categories—up to $200,000—have been established for the recognition of donors. Naming privileges for parts of the building and the Heritage Center are also available to donors.

Contribution and inquiry contact:

Samantha Shrider

(419) 204-1926, swisshistoricalcampaign@gmail.com

PO Box 5, Bluffton, OH 45817

Homestead Tours

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.

SCHS Mission

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.



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