Above: Swiss Heritage Village's Museum entrance.
Willkommen to Swiss Heritage Village!
Welcome to the Swiss Heritage Village & Museum website! Chartered in 1985, the Village is now the largest outdoor museum in northern Indiana. As you visit our site and read about the buildings, grounds, and events sponsored by the Swiss Heritage Society, you will learn about how the Swiss settlers lived in this area more than a century ago. We hope you will come to understand the appreciation we have for the culture of our ancestors. We hope to see you soon!
Swiss Heritage Village will have a full day of events on Saturday, July 25. Activities include free Village tours, a car show from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, antique engines and tractors on display from 8:30 AM to 4 PM, our famous apple dumplings sold in the barn from 10 AM to 4 PM (or while supplies last), a garden tractor pull at 1 PM, wool spinning & weaving from 10 AM to 4 PM, demonstrations at our Werling saw mill, and fireworks at dusk. Come out and join us!
Swiss Heritage Village & Museum will be open to the public beginning Saturdays in May, and we are open daily–except Sundays & holidays–from June 1 to October 31. We welcome guests between 10 AM and 4 PM. Groups with advance reservations are welcome as early as April. Call (260) 589-8007 to schedule a weekday tour.
Coming Next: the Heritage Festival
Swiss Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. The scents of kettle corn and homemade soup prepared over an open fire throughout the day and the smell of apples pressed into cider with the world’s largest cider press will tempt any appetite. Visitors will be transported by the sights and sounds of a bygone day, when the pace of life was slower and families had to work together to sustain themselves. One may be asked to shell corn with a hand crank sheller, churn butter, spin wool, use their manpower to cross cut saw wood or stir the big black pot of apple butter in the make. Artisans will demonstrate how early settlers made rope, cut logs, washed their clothes, quilted blankets and made cheese. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn the art of paper quilling, or how to speak a few words in Swiss. Click here to learn more about the day! Adult admission is $3, and $1 for students K-12.
We welcome children under 6 for FREE!
To spark and sustain an interest in the Swiss and Christian heritage of Berne, Indiana and southern Adams County by promoting learning through discovery.
Swiss Heritage Society would like to thank the area volunteers for their endless hours of work and support. Our volunteer program is designed for people to come and enjoy their hours of work, as well as to provide a much needed effort. Volunteers are essential for the smooth daily operation of the Village and grounds. We extend an “open door” policy for any suggestion to better or beautify our Village.
We are always extending a hand to anyone who would like to donate their time to help us with volunteer opportunities involving groundskeeping, leading tours, and even being part of our events.
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Website design by Ian Bauman