My son recently invited me on his school field trip to Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. As a self proclaimed history nerd, I immediately jumped on the invitation!
Erie Sauder was an American Inventor and furniture maker. He created furniture that could be assembled by the average furniture with minimal skills. Mr. Sauder is also the founder of Sauder Village. He wanted to recreate a 19th century village to educate people about the past. While Erie Sauder died in 1997, his family continues to operate Sauder Woodworking Company, its subsidiaries, and Sauder Village.
After a 45 minute ride with about 50 kiddos on a school bus (holy headache), we arrived at our destination!
Sauder Village is a “living-history” village featuring over 40 historic homes and shops. Every employee and guide operates in full costume and character. Upon entering every home or building, you are greeted by an employee who shares the rich history of the structure and of the people who lived or worked there. They even have working craftsman who provide live demonstrations, and many opportunities for hands-on activities. These craftsmen include Blacksmithing, Glass blowing, Native crafts, Pottery, Weaving, Woodworking, and so much more!
One of my favorite stops of the day was to Stella Leona Chocolate and Coffees! My son and I enjoyed a large cup of hot dark chocolate! Not exaggerating, we both agreed it was hands down the best hot chocolate we ever had!
Getting around the village is fun and easy! There are detailed maps available, and be sure to take advantage of the Erie Express Train and Horse-drawn Carriage! At only $2.00 this methods of transportation are a steal!
What is your favorite “living-history” museum or village?