2022 Tours and Open House Events

The Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora held the last Open House for Summer 2022 on Saturday, August 6. Even with exceptional heat and humidity, we had a great turnout. Visitors learned about herbs growing at the Homestead from Becki Ahmed and Nancy Yeager. They were invited to snip a few for drying at home.

The Homestead is open by appointment and during SCHS special events thanks to our volunteer team. The next public event will be the Bluffton Fall Festival on Saturday, September 24.

To schedule a tour, contact volunteer Susie Gratz at gratzds@roadrunner.com or leave a message at 419-358-4822. Please make requests at least one week in advance. Responses will usually be received within a few days.

August 6, 2022 activities
July 2, 2022 Open House activities
June 4, 2022 Open House activities

Tours of the Homestead

Prices for Admission: $5 per adult, Free for children 16 and under.

Free for current members. Memberships are available for immediate purchase. $30 per household for one year.

Thank you to all of our members and donors for their support of the Swiss Community Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Memberships and donation payments can now be made by PayPal or check. Learn more: swisshistorical.org/join-us/.

SCHS transforming barn as Heritage Center

We bought a barn! On December 19, 2019, the Swiss Community Historical Society formally purchased an 1850s Swiss Settlement barn from Dan and Cindy Basinger. The building will be disassembled and moved to the Schumacher Homestead to be transformed into a Heritage Center with classroom space, artifact display, offices, and rest rooms.

Preparing to build a modern replacement for their farm, the Basingers hated to see the barn stripped for timbers or moved out of state. Their partnership with the historical society is a cornerstone in the capital campaign that will expand the Schumacher Homestead’s ability to host visits, as well as to provide modern conveniences year round.

Julie Stratton 419-302-0369
Swiss Community Historical Society
PO Box 5, Bluffton, OH 45817

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.

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:

Please join in creating a wonderful new resource for our community by donating to the SCHS Barn Raising Capital Campaign.