Celebrating the Swiss Heritage
Saturday July 29, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Stocker-Stampfli Farm Museum
Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee



Schedule of Events for 2017 (updated July 11, 2017)

Celebration Opens
     Announcements by President
     House open for tours
     Vendors open
Membership desk and Souvenir booth open


Music Sets
(approx times)
10:30am - 12:00pm
 12:05pm - 1:30pm
 1:35pm - 3:00pm
3:05pm - 4:30pm

The Musik Meisters is a Nashville based polka band that has been rolling out the barrels with audiences around the United States for over a decade. The Musik Meisters have been the featured house band at the historic Gerst Haus restaurant located in downtown Nashville for many years and is proud to call it home!

This band is as pure and authentic as it gets. Wearing their Tyrolean attire and singing in German; your heart can only be happy as you move to the polka beat! Besides their regular "gig" at the Gerst, the band enjoys playing performances at ethnic festivals, celebrations, Oktoberfests, and private events large and small.

Come listen to the happy music and raise your stein.....Prosit!


Bazzania! - Mary Priestly and the Gals from Sewanee are back! The Musik Meisters, Bazzania, and "On the Rock" bands will alternate sets throughout the day.


Local Southern Gospel band "On the Rock" will be playing the second slot this year. The band has both entertained and insprired many people in the area since its inception in 2001. Band members are Cristal Pickett Cooper, Donnie "Duck" Cooper, Dale Layne, and Eric Dempsey.



Break to tour, take a hayride, sample wine and cheese......

Activities and refreshments to be announced.



Introduction of distinguished guests and welcoming comments at the band stand. Many of our celebrations have been honored with a visit from the Consulaate general of Switzerland in Atlanta. Hopefully they will be able to come along with you!

Grady Partain will do a short presentation on the effects of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland with historical context. Grady has been a supporter of the GCSHS for many years and has done lots of demonstrations. Many remember the oxen from a few years ago, and also Grady's lessons on making wood shingles using a froe and mallet to split from shingles from a bolt of wood. So many of these skills have been all but lost in the modern age, making Grady even more valuable to us and the world!

Historian Clopper Almon will hopefully be available for book signing - "The Swiss Colony at Gruelti". Written in the 1930s by Frances Helen Jackson as a thesis for her Master's Degree, the "Gruetli Book" has become a treasure to us as Ms. Jackson was able to interview a few of the original colonists and give an eye-witness account to the state of the Colony in the 30s.

Mr. Almon, fluent in German, has spent years updating, adding maps and indexing this valuable resource. His work has shed much light on the colonists and expecially on the earliest part of their journey to a new land.

12:30pm & 1:15pm

Hayrides behind house and barn tours

Gee! I said Haw Paa!


1:30pm & 3:00pm Hayride barn tours

Tours of Cheese house and outer buildings

Local wine tasting (limited to persons over 21 and while supply lasts).



Tasting and Sampling
     Local Wine and Cheese at concession stand
     American, Swiss, and other varieties, Mmmmm!

3:45pm Closing remarks

Gates close



Gate Fees

Adults: $5.00


Various venders provide all different kinds of food, including brats, kraut, BBQ, sandwiches, Swiss Chocolate, Swiss Cheese, local wines to sample.


The farm and all of its out buildings will be open for touring. 

Directions to the Stocker-Stampfli Homestead & Farm Museum

  • From I-24 in Monteagle, take Hwy 41 to Hwy 56 North
  • Follow Hwy 56 North through Tracy City and Coalmont
  • Turn right onto Hwy 108 East to Gruetli-Laager
  • Turn left onto 20th Avenue at the Old Post Office (There will be a large sign over the highway)
  • At the Swiss Colony Cemetery sign, turn right and travel past the cemetery to the Stoker/Stampfli Farm Museum
  • You can also click the following link to bring you in from any direction. Just click link which will open a map to the farm. For step-by-step directions click "Get Directions" in upper left under Google Maps, then type your address in the "A" field and hit enter. This will give detailed directions from your location to the celebration.
    Stocker-Stampfli Homestead - Gruetli-Laager, TN

If you have any questions, please e-mail info@swisshistoricalsociety.org

Jackie Lawley, President, Grundy County Swiss Historical Society
P.O. Box 69, Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339