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Christmas Open House

December 3 and 4, 2022

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas Open House, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be December 3 and 4 from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Schumacher Homestead.

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house, snack on treats in the summer kitchen and listen to songs of the season. Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s.

Guests arriving at dusk will be able to see the house lit by candles much as it would have been in the 1843.

The event is free to the public, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The Schumacher Homestead is located at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton.

For more information contact: Gary Wetherill, Program Chair, 419-358-1049, Email-glwetherill@gmail.com

Christmas Open House at the Schumacher Homestead

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
swisshistoricalcampaign@gmail.com
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.


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