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, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Memberships and donation payments can now be made by PayPal or check. Learn more: swisshistorical.org/join-us/.
Community to transform 1850s 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.
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:
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.
TOURS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
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.
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.