Spring History Program / April 28
Swiss Day / June 23
Summer Open Houses / Saturdays, June-August
Bluffton Fall Fest / September 28
Christmas Open House / December TBA
Sunday, April 28: SPRING HISTORY PROGRAM
A presentation by Keith Sommer and Rachel Friesen 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 will be on display.
A light supper will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Textiles in the Swiss Settlement, 1833-1863
5 p.m., April 28
Maple Crest Patio Room, 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton
Sunday, June 23: SWISS DAY
The public is invited to bring a hot and cold dish and take part in the best old style pot luck around. After lunch, members participate in a short business meeting.
Ebenezer Mennonite Church
8905 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Rd.
2018 Program: The Swiss Language led by Rich Bucher. 2019 Program: TBA.
Each year, Swiss Day participants can tour the homestead after the program.
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
June, July, August
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.
Saturday, September 28, 2019: BLUFFTON FALL FESTIVAL
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
December TBA: CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
At the Swiss Homestead, 8350 Bixel Rd., on the first or second Saturday of December.
– Live music
– Holiday decorations
– Traditional cooking demonstrations
– Workshop demonstrations
– Children’s activities