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CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, December 7, 2019

At the Swiss Homestead, 8350 Bixel Rd., on the first or second weekend of December. (Note: This year our event will be held on a Saturday.)

– Live music
– Holiday decorations
– Traditional cooking demonstrations
– Workshop demonstrations
– Children’s activities
– Refreshments


In 2019: Textiles in the Swiss Settlement, 1833-1863

Rachel Friesen made a presentation on the textiles used by settlers in the Bluffton-Pandora area, which includes flax, wool, silk, and cotton. Flax grown, harvested and bundled at the Schumacher Homestead in summer 2018 was displayed.


In 2019, over 100 guests enjoyed the best old style potluck around. After a short business meeting, Carrie Phillips presented the program “Swiss Roots and Beaver Branches – A Bluffton Family Tree.” Phillips’ presentation is informed by her work with manuscripts, artifacts, and other collections at Bluffton University’s Musselman Library.


The Schumacher Homestead (also known as the Swiss Haus) is open to the public Saturday afternoons in June, July, and August. Docents are available to interpret the homestead’s history. 

1-5 p.m. Saturdays, 8350 Bixel Rd.

Areas open to visitors each Saturday afternoon include: the restored 1843 house; the reconstructed summer kitchen; the restored workshop; the 1850s kitchen garden; the outdoor bake oven; the extensive grounds.

The bank barn will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

There is an admission charge of $5.00 for adults. Children 16 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge, as will members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.

SCHS memberships can be purchased at your visit.


Lots of free family fun at the Swiss Homestead and various locations throughout the Bluffton area.

– Homestead tours
– Wagon rides and farm animals
– Soup, cheese, and bread lunch by donation
– Children’s games
– Food and craft demonstrations
– Genealogy information
– Scrap Artist Quilters display