Sauder Village in Archbold has begun work on Phase Two of its 1920s Main Street Community, with contractors working on site preparation, building relocation, and new construction to continue the replication of a 1920s Main Street typical to northwest Ohio.
“Thanks to funding from the Ohio State Capital Appropriations and other generous supporters, steps to begin construction of Phase 2 of our 1920s Main Street Community are now possible,” said Debbie Sauder David, president and CEO. “This phase will include moving of the District 16 School and Dr. McGuffin’s office to their appropriate place along the timeline, as well as constructing the foundations and exteriors of the east and west Main Street buildings. A 1920s gas station and auto dealership is also being built.”
While funding has been secured to begin construction, partners are still needed to complete the project.
“From a soda fountain, candy shop, theater, and grocery store. to a fire station, bank, hardware store, and more … we are excited about our plans for the continued development of our 1920s Main Street Community,” said Andy Brodbeck, director of development. “When you think about how generous people have been, it is truly humbling, and we are so grateful for all the needed support that continues to come in to help make this project a reality.”
The Walk Through Time at Sauder Village has been developed over the past 16 years with the help of staff, volunteers, contractors, donors, and capital funding. Guests can experience more than 120 years of Great Black Swamp history while traveling from Natives and Newcomers to Pioneer Settlement, The Grime Homestead, and soon even more of the 1920s.
“We continue to look for new ways to immerse guests in authentic experiences that make history relevant to our lives today,” Debbie David added. “We are excited to have contractors beginning their work on this project so that we can move forward with our plans to share even more unique demonstrations and hands-on experiences with our guests as our 1920s Main Street is developed over the next few years.”
As construction continues over the winter, project updates will be posted online with photos of the progress, stories, and interesting facts about the 1920s. Project updates can be found online at saudervillage.org/explore/walk-through-time/1920s-main-street.