2022 Tours and Open House Events

The Swiss Community Historical Society is pleased to announce that scheduled tours will begin in May 2022 and continue through Fall 2022. The Swiss Homestead, also known as the Schumacher House, offers a glimpse into the lives of Swiss immigrants in portions of Allen and Putnam counties known as the Settlement, during the mid-19th century. Visitors may tour the house, summer kitchen, and workshop with original and period items as well as the garden. Access to the barn may be restricted due to construction activity.

In addition to tours by appointment, the Society will hold special Saturday afternoon open houses on June 4, July 2, and August 6. On those days, visitors may participate in a hands-on activity such as playing Settlement-era games, writing with steel-nib pens, and drying herbs. Details will be publicized prior to each open house.

Those interested in scheduling a tour should contact Susie Gratz through email at gratzds@roadrunner.com or leave at message at 419-358-4822.

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.