Historic Swiss museum in Grundy facing long recovery from theft

Staff photo by Ben Benton The kitchen at the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum remains in disarray after the building was burglarized on Nov. 12 or 13. Grundy County Swiss Historical Society president Jackie Lawley looks over the mess and empty cupboards the thieves left behind.

GRUETLI-LAAGER, Tenn. - Grundy County authorities and Swiss Historical Society members hope someone with a sharp eye spots items stolen last weekend from the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum in Gruetli-Laager, Tenn.

Literally hundreds of items were taken from the Swiss family farmhouse that serves as the historical society's museum and the site of its annual heritage festival.

For instance, a kitchen table once set for a family dinner now is empty of plates and silverware. The cabinet doors in the kitchen stand open and empty.

"The cupboards are bare," Jackie Lawley said sadly on Thursday. She's the historical society president and museum curator.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said they have no leads in the burglary that is believed to have happened Nov.