BLUFFTON — The Schumacher Swiss Homestead Open House is Saturday, featuring the history of the house built in 1843 by Christian and Barbara Schumacher, who came over from Switzerland.
“A lot of the Swiss-speaking people, when they came over, clustered together, just like other ethnic groups did because they could understand each other, and their customs and things were the same. That area between Bluffton and Pandora was kind of known as the settlement. The Schumacher house was the second house that was built as part of the settlement,” said Gary Wetherill, president of the Bluffton Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society.
There has been a full restoration of the house, the garden and the workshop, and then a rebuild of the summer kitchen.
“There are generally two docents there. On that Saturday, the last Saturday of the month, the barn should be open also, so they can go look at some of the things in the barn. People are welcome to take a self-guided tour and just walk through and look at stuff. They can take a tour through with a docent who will explain some of the things they are seeing. There are two or three pieces of furniture in the house that were built for the house, that were part of the house originally. They had been gone and have come back,” said Wetherill. “For the most part people are welcome to open cupboard doors and touch the wood. If they bring children, we have children kind of things in the kid’s room that they could take outside and try. Various things in the garden, lots of herbs and that kind of thing if people want to taste an herb or two, that’s an acceptable thing. It’s a real hands-on thing.”
And save the date: There will be a Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23.
“We have a farm animal petting zoo, the children can take part in a role playing thing where they go around the farm and do various activities and then they get a sticker if they complete them,” said Wetherill.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511