Sauder Village opens May 1

Sauder Village in Archbold kicks off a new season on May 1.

Sauder Village in Archbold kicks off a new season on May 1.

Sauder Village in Archbold will open Tuesday, May 1 with a focus on history, farming, gardening, crafts, and a move into the 1920s by late this summer.

The 42nd Annual Quilt Show will also kick off the season with a spectacular display of quilts in Founder’s Hall, a vendor market, quilting demonstrations, and workshops.

“A time-honored get-away in the Midwest, Sauder Village is ready to welcome guests of all ages back to the historic village for another season of fun,” said Kim Krieger, media relations. “From students and teachers to families and friends … . we offer guests of all ages the opportunity to learn something new and make happy memories together.”

Guests can enjoy themed experiences throughout the season with an emphasis on historic cooking, farming, and gardening. Activities will encourage guests to discover the power of water, help pack a wagon, learn about horses and pigs and how to milk a goat. Daily activities are posted on the Sauder Village website to help guests plan their visit.

New this season is “Explore Our Ecosystem,” a hands-on exhibit in the Garden Shed, a new Weaving Shop, and the renovated General Store. By mid- to late summer, the first phase of the 1920s Main Street Project will be open. This next phase of the “Walk Through Time” experience includes the Elmira Train Depot, a community plaza and bandstand, a barbershop, and a livery barn.

“As part of our master plan we continue to look for new ways to immerse guests in authentic experiences that make history relevant to our lives today,” Krieger said. “We are excited to open this new addition late this summer and look forward to sharing stories about life in the 1920s in northwest Ohio.”

The 2018 season is also filled with many unique special events. To start, the 42nd annual Quilt Show will take place from May 1-6 with hundreds of quilts on display in Founder’s Hall. This year’s event includes great shopping at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop as well as a special vendor market in the museum building. The show will also feature special exhibits, quilting demonstrations, quilt appraisals, and workshops with guest artists Edyta Sitar and Kimberly Einmo. Other upcoming events include Spring on the Farm on Saturday, May 12 and the popular Antique Car Gathering on Saturday, May 19.

Other attractions include a walk through time while exploring wigwams and a trading post at Natives & Newcomers. Guests can continue to the Pioneer Settlement Area to experience life in Ohio from 1830-70 at the log school, church, barn, homes, and gardens. Finally, guests can step into the 1920s at the Grime Homestead complete with telephone, radio, and player piano.

For more details about planning a memorable Sauder Village get-away, call 800-590-9755, visit the Sauder Village website at, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Sauder Village in Archbold kicks off a new season on May 1. Village in Archbold kicks off a new season on May 1.