Celebrating the Swiss Heritage
Saturday July 28, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Stocker-Stampfli Farm Museum
Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee



Schedule of Events for 2018

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


Musical Sets - throughout the day!

The Mountain Top Polka Band (MTP) from Beer City, USA (Asheville, NC) has provided musical entertainment and Bavarian/German Oktoberfest atmosphere since 2009. MTP performs at Oktoberfests and year-round at festivals in and North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. The Mountain Top Polka Band is dedicated to having fun while promoting Bavarian and German music and dance.

Their library contains marches, polkas, waltzes, and more with over 120 compositions guaranteed to get your feet moving. Fan favorites and a few band originals are sure to get your feet moving. The band has a Tuba, Accordions, Clarinet, Drums, Bells, Guitars, Keys, Singers, Dancers, and more.

Ein prosit der Gemütlichkeit!



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!

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