Summer open houses

1-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays June-August, 8350 Bixel Rd. Visit the Schumacher Homestead and explore the lives of Swiss settlers in the Bluffton/Pandora area.

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The bank barn is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Admission is $5.00 for adults. Children 16 and under, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free of charge, as are members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.

SCHS memberships can be purchased at your visit.

July 6:  Have visitors for the holiday weekend? July 13:  Wendy Chappell-Dick will sing from the upper porch and the barn will be open. July 20: Open for tours and exploring! July 27: Barn will be open.

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.


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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:

Samantha Shrider
(419) 204-1926
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.

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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