Sauder Village opening new Main Street

Staff report

The first phase of the new 1920s Main Street Community at Sauder Village is slated to open Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

Part of the “Walk Through Time Experience” at Sauder Village, this new project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to northwest Ohio. The grand opening festivities will include special musical entertainment to celebrate this new addition to the village.

“We are very excited to open this first phase to the public, said Debbie Sauder David, Sauder Village president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful for the hard work and generosity of the many people that brought this vision to reality.”

Construction of the first phase of this project began last fall, and includes infrastructure for the expanding community, relocation of existing buildings, and the construction of other key buildings representative of the 1920s. A cornerstone of the Main Street project, the relocated Elmira Depot, has been renovated and is ready to serve as a stop on the Erie Express train.

The Elmira Depot was originally located just two miles north of Sauder Village along an extension of the Wabash Railroad. The Depot includes a waiting room for passengers, an office for the stationmaster, and a freight room for storage. It will also feature a telegraphy collection to share these vital communication tools used by the railroads. An original 1920s era caboose has been relocated next to the depot, preserving this classic symbol of American railroading.

As part of the Main Street Project, a new barbershop has been constructed that includes the complete collection of artifacts from the Okuley Barbershop in Continental, Ohio.

Finally, a plaza and classic community bandstand has been constructed to accommodate events and special programs at Sauder Village. The plaza features a clock and original bricks from the streets in downtown Archbold. Special entertainment will take place at the bandstand on select weekends throughout the season.

As part of the grand opening celebration there will be special music throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 15. Guests can take a ride down the Main Street in an antique automobile and get a ride on the Erie Express train.

For more information, phone 1-800-590-9755 or visit

Staff report