NEW: Video tours led by our volunteer docents, beginning with an introduction by board member and docent Gary Wetherill. View them all on YouTube by following Bluffton Pandora Swiss Historical.

For the safety of our volunteers and visitors, public events at the Schumacher Homestead are on hold until further notice.

Thank you to all of our members and donors for their support of the Swiss Community Historical Society.

Memberships and donation payments can now be made via PayPal at https://bit.ly/2BtBOid or by sending a check to Swiss Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Bluffton, OH 45817.

Household = $30 / by PayPal $30.96
Sustaining = $100 / by PayPal $102.50
Life = $1000 / by PayPal $1022.30

With your membership you will receive our print newsletter, invitations to “members only” events, and an annual letter, as well as the thanks of our membership, hard working volunteers, and board. Donations can be made the same way!

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.

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.