Current dates are announced on our Home page.
Spring Society Meeting – Swiss Day – Summer Saturdays
Bluffton Fall Fest –Christmas Open House
April: Spring Society Meeting
Each year, members of the Swiss Community Historical Society are invited to an annual meeting on topics of historical interest. 2019 date TBA.
In 2018, the society hosted 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.
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. Grove’s books include Legacy of One-Room Schools.
Memorabilia from area schools was also on display.
June: Swiss Day
Ebenezer Mennonite Church
8905 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Rd.
Last Sunday in June
In 2018, the public was invited to bring a hot and cold dish and take part in the best old style pot luck around. After lunch, members participated in a short business meeting and Rich Bucher led a presentation on the Swiss language.
Each year, Swiss Day participants can tour the homestead after the program.
June-August: Summer Saturdays
The Schumacher Homestead (also known as the Swiss Haus) is open to the public from 1-5:00 p.m. every Saturday in June, July, and August. Docents are available to interpret the homestead’s history.
Areas open to visitors each Saturday afternoon include: the restored 1843 house; the reconstructed summer kitchen; the restored workshop; the 1850s kitchen garden; the outdoor bake oven; the extensive grounds.
There is an admission charge of $5.00 for adults. Children 16 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge, as will members of the Swiss Community Historical Society. SCHS memberships can be purchased at your visit.
September: Bluffton Fall Festival
At the Swiss Homestead; typically on the last Saturday of September. Current dates are announced on our Home page.
– Homestead tours
– Wagon rides and farm animals
– Soup, cheese, and bread lunch by donation
– Children’s games
– Food and craft demonstrations
– Genealogy information
– Scrap Artist Quilters display
December: Christmas Open House
At the Swiss Homestead, 8350 Bixel Rd., on the first or second Saturday of December. 2019 date TBA.
– Live music
– Holiday decorations
– Traditional cooking demonstrations
– Workshop demonstrations
– Children’s activities