Near London in Laurel County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
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,
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 (Submitted on September 5, 2015.)
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