2021 Christmas Open House

The Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora will host the traditional Christmas Open House at the Schumacher Homestead, 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton. The event will be extended over two days, from 3-6 p.m. on December 4 and 5, giving visitors the chance to view the farmhouse by daylight and candle light.

Visitors can tour the decorated house, make a dipped candle, shop in the Christmas shop and enjoy refreshments around a fire in the backyard. 

Costumed docents will be available to tell the story of the farmhouse built by Swiss settlers in 1843. The Schumacher family lived in the house for several generations and the second generation, Peter and Elizabeth, raised 16 children there. 

The house is furnished in period style with artifacts from the Schumacher family and other items authentic to The Settlement, the area between Bluffton and Pandora where Swiss emigrants settled as neighbors.

Masks are required and will be available for anyone needing one. Refreshments will be served outside by a fire and the house will be aired periodically. Guests should dress for the weather. 


Tours by Appointment

Starting June 1, 2021, the Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora will conduct tours of our homestead by appointment.

We have adopted protocols and guidelines based on current information from the CDC and state and will adapt if the regulations change. We will require masks and ask that people from separate households social distance six feet. We will be sanitizing and ventilating buildings.

Tours may be arranged by emailing tour coordinator Susie Gratz at gratzds@roadrunner.com or leave a message at 419-358-4822.

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.