Swiss Heritage in Wisconsin
New Glarus, Wisconsin, was settled over 150 years ago by pioneers from Glarus, Switzerland. The town’s Swiss heritage is still alive and well and known today as “America’s Little Switzerland.” Touring in New Glarus will begin with a stop at the New Glarus Brewing Co. for a self-guided tour and tasting of their handcrafted beers. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will get an up-close look at the charming Swiss Alps chalet-style home of Edwin Barlow (subject to availability) and then head to the Swiss Historical Village for a glimpse into the life of a Swiss pioneer. The village is a detailed replica of an 1850 Swiss settlement and contains buildings filled with fascinating artifacts such as a settler’s cabin, blacksmith, school, and church. With a new appreciation for the pioneer livelihood and the Swiss-inspired town, we will head for home with a stop for dinner along the way. Cost per person is $149 and includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, admission to all activities, and taxes and gratuities. Register with Meg Sinnott at 319-358-2278 or Meg_Sinnott@HillsBank.com.