The Baumgartner Church

Reverend David Baumgartner was a native of Bern, Switzerland. In 1839 at age 73, he and his wife came here to join other members of his family. Rallying other Swiss settlers, they established the first Mennonite fellowship in Indiana. The church is of half-timber construction with hand hewn poplar and oak timbers. Between the posts is clay, into which is kneaded animal hairs and straw to keep it from cracking. The tongue and groove floor of the women's coat room (nursery) and beaded ceiling is original, as is the ceiling in the entrance where men hung their hats and wraps. The windows are new, but are of hand blown glass like the originals.