Mission and Current Events

Mark your calendar!

2 p.m., Sunday, April 8 – Spring Society Meeting at Maple Crest

June 2-Aug. 15 – Open House Saturdays at the Homestead

Sunday, June 24 – Swiss Day at Ebenezer Mennonite Church

Saturday, September 22 – Fall Festival at the Homestead

Spring Society Meeting

On Sunday, April 8, the society will host a presentation by Ohio author Myrna Grove on one-room school houses. Grove began exploring schools in Williams County, Ohio, as an elementary school teacher. She also knew of her own mother’s experiences teaching in a one-room school. Her research and writing now covers schools in Ohio and other states in the former Northwest Territory. Grove has also traced her Swiss-Mennonite roots to Zurich, Switzerland.

Please join us at 2 p.m. in the Patio Room at Maple Crest, 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton. Memorabilia from area schools will be on display. Grove’s book is titled Legacy of One-Room Schools.

Schumacher Homestead

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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 and bank barn, 8350 Bixel Rd, between Bluffton and Pandora.


The homestead was built in 1843 as part of the Swiss settlement in the Bluffton-Pandora area. Located on the Riley Creek, this 7-acre property includes a main house, summer kitchen, workshop, large bank barn and other outbuildings. The large bank barn was built in 1854 and is one of the oldest barns in the area.

Group tours, big and small, are available by appointment. 

Please contact Joanne Niswander at 419-358-0186 to set up a custom tour. For more information, see our Tours page.