150th Anniversary Swiss Colony Celebration


The 150th Anniversary Swiss Heritage Celebration will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 27, on the grounds of the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum in Gruetli-Laager. This year is the 150th year since the Swiss families settled in the Colony of Gruetli. The farm is one of only a few buildings remaining of the original Swiss Colony of Gruetli. 

The Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum is located at 328 Swiss Colony Cemetery Rd. Travel on Highway 108, go north on 20th Ave., and follow the signs. Admission is $5.

There will be hay rides and tours of the farm house, barn and other out buildings dating back to 1869. Vendors of food, crafts and area organizations will be on hand with displays of old farming tools and accessories. Historical documents, books and memorabilia will be on sale at the membership stand. Music will be provided by the Mountain Top Polka Band from Asheville, N.C. Wine and cheese tastings will be available all day. A new Swiss Cookbook will be on sale to commemorate the event.

The event is sponsored by the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society. Become a member and support the preservation of a Swiss farm. Send donations to P.O. Box 496, Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339. For more information email <info@swisshistoricalsociety.org> or go to <swisshistoricalsociety.org>. The Grundy County Swiss Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 organization.