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“Educational & Fun!”
Review of Sauder Village

Sauder Village
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Archbold
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Owner description: Sauder Village is Ohio's Largest living history destination with costumed guides in historic homes and shops in a walk through time experience from 1803 - 1920's Talented artisans and craftsman blending skill and creativity in fiber, wood, glass and clay. Stay at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground and enjoy a delicious meal at the Barn Restaurant and homemade backed goods a the Doughbox Bakery. The Historic Village is open seasonally from late April to late October.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We had a lot of fun learning about history, which is great for kids to have the opportunity to actually see how people lived before there were iPads and DSLs. Kids are encouraged to ask questions and participate. Would definitely recommend. And if time allows, head to mom's diner for a great 50's type atmosphere, hamburgers, pizza and some darn good onion rings!

Thank travel4funwithmyboys
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We spent 4 hours touring the village and didn't even eat lunch so as to take advantage of shorter fall hours. Most buildings had an interpreter who brought history to life. For example at the church we were instructed to sit where women would have sat,we sang a song to experience the acoustics, and we got an interesting rundown of everyone's roles.
So interesting that this visit led me to do further research online.

Thank mailbum
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

My husband and I just returned from visiting Sauder Village and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We both love history so this was an awesome place to go~it sort or reminded me of Williamsburg (on a much smaller scale). The people were all dressed in period costume at the village and they told about what their occupation was...there was a broom maker, tin smith, glass blower, barber, blacksmith, cooper, grist mill, farmer, teacher, doctor, train station and lots of others. We rode on the train and a horse and buggy (which cost extra but was fun) and especially enjoyed going through Erie Sauder's museum which was filled with all kinds of interesting artifacts. We stayed in the Inn one night and it is beautiful. We had a room with a king size bed and the room was huge and everything was very clean. We ate dinner at The Barn Restaurant and it was good...nothing spectacular but the chicken and bread pudding on the buffet were really good. We got some cookies and donuts from the bakery to take home and they were very tasty. There is a breakfast included with the room and it had a good selection~hot potato casserole, lots of different cereals, bagels and cream cheese, toast, hard boiled eggs, fruit, 4 kinds of juice, tea and coffee but what I thought was best was the homemade cinnamon rolls iced either vanilla or maple, coffee cake and banana nut muffins. We enjoyed staying there but felt the staff could have been a little friendlier...we had stayed at a state park the night before and those people were all super friendly!! The volunteers who worked at the village, on the other hand, were super nice and friendly. It was just the front desk who were not real outgoing!

Thank Tigercar5
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

My husband and I did not know what to do over the Labor Day Holiday and we ended up at the Fulton County Fair and we asked at our Hotel of other attractions around the area and the owner told us to Eat and The Barn restaurant and Sauder Village. Sauder Village was a really NEAT experience and my husband and I enjoy these types of settings from the past and how people "use to live" back in the day. They have enough workers in the houses and other areas in the village to explain things to people and how people lived years ago. We will definitely go back when they have other activities going on, we really ENJOYED THE VILLAGE!!

Thank Shelly F
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Sauder Village is large and involves a lot of,walking, so come prepared. It starts with the Indians in this part of Oho and progresses up to a 1940s(I believe) farmstead. In each building there is a person dressed in period costume ready to tell you their role in the daily life of that period. this includes the doctor, barber, newspaper, general store,etc. Many of the places sell the products that they make, such as the broom maker, the wood workers, the glass blower, etc. It was very well done except I was dismayed to see the wood workers showing off fancy modern day wood working tools and the glass blower showing his wares in fancy glass cases. Both of these things interfered with the authenticity of those shops. Otherwise, this was delightful and very informative.

Thank KOLSON3992
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