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Near London in Laurel County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Swiss Colony

 
 
Swiss Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
1. Swiss Colony Marker
Inscription. Bernstadt, Kentucky, also known as Swiss Colony, was founded in 1881 by Swiss immigrants from Bern, Switzerland, through efforts of Paul Schenk.

The First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt was pastored by Rev. Melchior Denny. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Other Swiss churches are St. John’s Swiss Reform Alphious and St. Sylvester Catholic Church, both in East Bernstadt.

Three schools established by the Swiss at Bernstadt were Upper Colony, Lower Colony and East Colony. Other Swiss communities were East Bernstadt, Langnau, London, Strassburg, Fariston and Lily. A hotel, operated by Friedrich Huber, was located nearby. Other Swiss occupations were merchant, cheese maker, winemaker, teacher, wagon maker, shoemaker, watchmaker, carpenter, woodcarver, farmer, mechanic, musician, butcher, and minister.

Some early Swiss family names were Abbuhl, Aeberhart, Aeschlimann, Balsinger, Bendel, Bill, Binder, Blunschi, Bruner, Butcher, Dischler, Dubach, Egger, Fiechter, Fluckinger, Frey, Graybeal, Gumbert, Haake, Hanser, Hauselman, Hauser, Herzig, Hesse, Heuhls, Ibach, Ingold, Kanzig, Keller, Konitzer, Krahenbuhl, Krall, Lederman, Lemp, Leuenberger, Lincks, Lutz, Meyer, Mori, Mueller, Muster, Neidermann, Ott, Rohner, Ruesch, Ryser, Sahli, Schaffhauser, Schalch, Schoeni, Schott,
Marker in front of First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
2. Marker in front of First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt
Schupbach, Siegrist, Stirnemann, Straub, Tobler, Trosch, Uhlman, Wageli, Waldroff, Warncke, Wiedmer, Wittenback, Wittwer, Zimmerman.

Alfred and Hilda Keller founded the Swiss Descendents Club to preserve Swiss history and heritage. A reunion is held every August where descendents celebrate their heritage.
 
Location. 37° 9.411′ N, 84° 11.644′ W. Marker is near London, Kentucky, in Laurel County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Swiss Colony Lane and Hawk Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: London KY 40741, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swiss Colony Bernstadt (a few steps from this marker); Pittsburg and Wilderness Road (approx. 4.5 miles away); Camp Wildcat and the Wilderness Road (approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Wildcat / Union Civil War Camp (approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Wildcat (approx. 5.3 miles away); Skaggs Trace (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Wilderness Road (approx. 6.1 miles away); Laurel Seminary (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in London.
 
Also see . . .
1. Die Kolony Bernstadt. From the applachianhistory.net website. (Submitted on September 5, 2015.) 

2. Traces of Laurel: Coming of the Swiss
First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
3. First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt
. From the December 5, 2013 edition of The Sentinel Echo. (Submitted on September 5, 2015.) 
 
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Intersection of Hawk Creek Road<br>and Swiss Colony Lane image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
4. Intersection of Hawk Creek Road
and Swiss Colony Lane
Marker and church are on the
northeast corner of the intersection
View to South from Hawk Creek Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
5. View to South from Hawk Creek Road
Marker is on left (east) side of road
Close-up from marker of<br>Scenes from Bernstadt, Kentucky, ca. 1885 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
6. Close-up from marker of
Scenes from Bernstadt, Kentucky, ca. 1885
“Mr. and Mrs. Huber, hotel-keepers”, “Unidentified Bernstadt family”, and “William L. McLean ‘our special artist’”
Close-up from marker of<br>Scenes from Bernstadt, Kentucky, ca. 1885 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
7. Close-up from marker of
Scenes from Bernstadt, Kentucky, ca. 1885
“Fred Trösch, butcher”, “First Evangelical Church of Bernstadt”, and “Mrs. John Dubach and son”
Close-up from marker of<br>Scenes from Bernstadt, Kentucky, ca. 1885 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
8. Close-up from marker of
Scenes from Bernstadt, Kentucky, ca. 1885
“At dinner in the Hotel” and “Fred Widemer and family”
Close-up from Marker of Swiss Churches image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
9. Close-up from Marker of Swiss Churches
From top to bottom, First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt est. 1884, Swiss Colony; Saint Sylvester Catholic Church est. 1888, East Bernstadt; and St. John’s Swiss Reform Alphious Church est. East Bernstadt in early 1900s
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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