The Haus

Take a 360 tour of the Schneider Haus kitchen.

A local landmark and Kitchener's oldest dwelling, the 1816 homestead was restored and furnished, then opened as a living history museum in 1981. The heart of the complex is a fine Georgian-frame farmhouse that was built by and was home to the area's earliest non-Aboriginal settlers, Joseph and wife Barbara Schneider, Pennsylvania-German Mennonites.

Schneider Haus was restored and opened as a living history museum in 1981. Costumed interpreters represent life in 1856, which was when the second generation of Schneiders occupied the homestead.

Typical of a traditional Pennsylvania-German farmstead in Waterloo County were domestic outbuildings, where seasonal tasks such as wool processing, butchering, pickling, and preserving took place. Carefully researched and recreated at the Schneider Haus are the wash house, springhouse, bake/schnitz house, wood shed, and privy. 

Today, history comes to life as staff demonstrate traditional tasks in concert with the seasons. The modern interpretation wing hosts gallery exhibits, workshops, and lectures. Come for a visit and enjoy hands-on activities, special events, and more!