Bluffton Fall Fest / September 28
Christmas Open House / December TBA
Spring History Program / April TBA
Swiss Day / June TBA
Summer Open Houses / Saturdays, June-August
BLUFFTON FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday, September 28, 2019
Lots of free family fun at the Swiss Homestead and various locations throughout the Bluffton area.
– 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
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, December 2019, TBA
At the Swiss Homestead, 8350 Bixel Rd., on the first or second weekend of December.
– Live music
– Holiday decorations
– Traditional cooking demonstrations
– Workshop demonstrations
– Children’s activities
SPRING HISTORY PROGRAM, 2020, TBA
In 2019: Textiles in the Swiss Settlement, 1833-1863
Rachel Friesen made a presentation on the textiles used by settlers in the Bluffton-Pandora area, which includes flax, wool, silk, and cotton. Flax grown, harvested and bundled at the Schumacher Homestead in summer 2018 was displayed.
SWISS DAY, June 2020, TBA
In 2019, over 100 guests enjoyed the best old style potluck around. After a short business meeting, Carrie Phillips presented the program “Swiss Roots and Beaver Branches – A Bluffton Family Tree.” Phillips’ presentation is informed by her work with manuscripts, artifacts, and other collections at Bluffton University’s Musselman Library.
June-August: SUMMER OPEN HOUSES
The Schumacher Homestead (also known as the Swiss Haus) is open to the public Saturday afternoons in June, July, and August. Docents are available to interpret the homestead’s history.
1-5 p.m. Saturdays, 8350 Bixel Rd.
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.
The bank barn will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.
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.