Looking for a fall trip that is fun, educational and outdoors that children and adults will both love? Set your sights on Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. The trees on the grounds are going to be at peak fall colors in the next few weeks and there is no better time than now to experience the "Walk through Time" from 1803 at Native and Newcomers to the Roaring 1920's Main Street experience.
Sauder Village is a fun place to slow down, unplug, and spend quality time with family. The Sauder Village experience moves guests from the modern, fast-paced life into a world that celebrates unforgettable sights, sounds, and memories from the past.
Built in 1976 by Erie Sauder, Historic Sauder Village has continued to grow and change through the years and is now recognized as Ohio’s largest living-history destination
Throughout the Historic Village, guests can experience life in Ohio while visiting animals in the barnyard, marveling at working craftsmen, and hearing stories shared by costumed guides along a Walk Through Time from 1803 through the turn of the century.
New in 2020, guests can visit the 1920s Main Street. Families can explore buildings on the east side of Main Street including the Farmers and Merchants Bank, Schuck Jewelry Store, Stotzer Hardware, Ohio Farm Bureau Office, and the barbershop. The 1920s Main Street also offers guests the opportunity to stop by the theater to take a peek at what’s playing on the big screen, explore a grocery store, and sip a chocolate malt at the soda fountain. Guests can see the latest fashions at the clothing store, buy sweet treats at the candy shop, and have fun exploring the fire station, and livery. The “Roaring Twenties” will come to life through personal stories, authentic reproduction buildings, and historic artifacts.
Other highlights of a visit to the Historic Village include a free train ride and meeting farm animals including horses, cows, goats, and sheep! Families can take a “Walk Through Time” to explore wigwams and a trading post at Natives & Newcomers, and continue to the Pioneer Settlement Area to experience life in Ohio from 1834-1908 at the log school, church, barn, homes, and gardens. Finally, guests can step into the 1920s as they explore the Grime Homestead and the new Main Street!
Throughout the Village, guests will marvel at craftsmen blending skill and creativity in metals, fabric, wood, and clay. Talented craftsman demonstrate their trade in places like the Spinning Shop, Pottery Shop, Tin Shop, Basket Shop, Weaving Shop and Cooperage.
Sauder Village also offers a variety of unique shopping venues for guests to enjoy including the Village Gift Shop, Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop, and an old-time General Store. The Sauder Store and Outlet offers a wide selection of ready-to-assemble furniture made locally
in Archbold as well as home accessories.
A visit to Sauder Village would not be complete without some delicious, home-style food. From Barn chicken, roast beef,
and mashed potatoes to hearty soups, salads and homemade rolls - the Barn Restaurant offers a wide range of menu options and daily specials under the hand-hewn timbers of this historic barn. The Doughbox Bakery is a hometown favorite offering a wide variety of homemade pies, cookies, sweet rolls, bread, and more!
For those looking to extend their stay, the 98-room Heritage Inn has a spacious country inn atmosphere with many places for guests to relax and enjoy time together whether it’s by the fireplace in the timber-frame lobby, spending time under the Great Oak Tree, or playing in
the indoor pool or hot tub! The 87-site Campground is a great place to relax while fishing, sharing stories around the campfire, riding bikes around Little Lake Erie, or playing in the Splash Pad.
Sauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2 in Archbold – just minutes from Exit 25 of the Ohio Turnpike. The Historic Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The Village is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays this season. 2020 admission is $20.00 for adults, $14.00 for students (6-16), and free for members and children 5 and under.
Make history of your very own with a trip to Sauder Village! Hours of operation, safety practices, special events, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Sauder Village website. For details about planning a memorable Sauder Village getaway call 800.590.9755, visit the Sauder Village website at www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Author/Editor, Kim Krieger, Sauder Village & David Thornbury, Sandusky County CVB