Archbold, OH – Sauder Village will open for the season on Wednesday, June 24 with the well-being of guests, employees and volunteers being a top priority. While working with the local health department and following state guidelines, some changes have been made for this season including new hours, plans for social distancing and increased sanitation throughout the complex.
Sauder Village hours have been modified this season to allow for times of deep cleaning and sanitation. Historic Village hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Throughout the village, sanitizer and hand washing stations have been added and many restrooms have been renovated.
Restrooms and high traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and social distancing practices will be in place to allow for a safe, family-friendly experience. Sauder Village staff will be wearing face coverings and guests are encouraged to consider wearing face coverings as well. Most of the buildings in the Historic Village will be open with one-way traffic patterns and only one or two family units at a time in the historic buildings.
The Museum, Tiffin River Woodworks, Buggy Ride, and Little Pioneers Homestead will not be open at the beginning of the season. Following current state guidelines, hands-on activities will not be available.
However, guests can still watch demonstrations and hear engaging stories about history, crafts, farming, and more! Sauder Village has developed an extensive Q&A section about reopening that may be accessed at https://saudervillage.org/visit/know-before-you-go
New this year, guests can visit the 1920s Main Street at Sauder Village. This one-of-a-kind project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio. Guests visiting early this summer will be among the first to 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 Livery.
By late summer additional buildings along the west side of Main Street will open. 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.
The Sauder Village Campground, Sauder Heritage Inn, Barn Restaurant, Doughbox Bakery, and Retail Shops are also open for guests to visit.
Historic Sauder Village will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is $20.00 for adults, $14.00 for students (6-16), and free for members and children 5 and under. Sauder Village Memberships offer many benefits and are a great value.
Hours of operation, safety practices, special events, and answers to frequently asked questions are available online. 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.