Swiss Heritage

Mark your calendar now for the Swiss Heritage Celebration set for July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum, 328 Swiss Colony Cemetery Road, Gruetli-Laager. Tour the farm, enjoy music, view woodwork, shop for crafts, examine historical documents, sample wine and cheese and more. Food will also be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person age 12 and older. Visit www.swisshistoricalsociety.org.

The Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum in Gruetli-Laager is welcoming visitors after sitting out a year during the pandemic.

The Grundy County Swiss Historical Society has announced they are also resuming the Swiss Heritage Celebration this year after its cancellation in 2020.

This wonderful celebration is set for July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum, 328 Swiss Colony Cemetery Road, Gruetli-Laager.

Hilary Goodman, board member of the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society, said local people may have ties to the Swiss Colony.

“Some of your Franklin County readers are descendants of the families who founded the Swiss colony in Grundy County or settled in Belvidere and other local communities, so they have direct ties to the Stoker-Stampfli farm and the celebration in July,” she said.

You certainly don’t have to be Swiss or have ties, however, to enjoy the celebration.

Guests to the celebration are invited to tour the farm and dance and sing along with the Mountain Top Polka Band of North Carolina.

While there, be sure to check out the live-edge tables and other unique woodwork by Desi McDaniel of Gruetli-Laager. Guests may also sample the locally made wine and cheese.

History buffs will appreciate viewing the historic documents and memorabilia about the pioneering families who created the colony.

In addition, guests will have an opportunity to shop for lovely crafts and handmade goods. Spend the entire day at the celebration. Delicious food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Admission to the all-day celebration is $5 per person age 12 and older. For more information, visit www.swisshistoricalsociety.org.

About the historic farmhouse

The farmhouse at the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum has a new outlook on life.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the South Cumberland Community Fund, the farmhouse has received new, custom-made windows by local craftsman Dean Lutz of Tracy City.

The new window installation coincides with the Swiss Heritage Celebration.

Since the farm is on the National Register of Historic Places, the windows replicate the original ones. A crew has installed seven windows and Lutz is making six more.

The farmhouse, barn and outbuildings are unique in that they are among the four remaining houses and three remaining barns of the original Swiss Colony of Gruetli, established in 1869.

The Stoker family was the first Swiss family to settle on the property in Grundy County.

Later, the Stampfli family bought the farm and occupied it for nearly a century.

Around 2000, Rose Marie Stampfli bequeathed the farm to the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society. She envisioned a museum to preserve the history of the colony.

The farm museum’s grounds are regularly open to visitors, photographers and videographers. Tours of the farmhouse are available by appointment.

The venue is a picturesque setting for rustic weddings and outdoor events.

For reservations, call Jackie Lawley at 931-235-3029. Her Swiss ancestors, the Suters, were part of the original colony.