Sauder Village opens May 2

Staff report

Sauder Village in Archbold opens for the season May 2.

Sauder Village in Archbold opens for the season May 2.

Sauder Village in Archbold will open on Tuesday, May 2 with a focus on farming, gardening and new-themed activities throughout the year.

The 41st Annual Quilt Show will also kick-off the season with a spectacular display of quilts in Founder’s Hall, a new vendor market, quilting demonstrations, and workshops, among other events.

“A time-honored getaway in the Midwest, Sauder Village is ready to welcome guests of all ages back to the Historic Village for another season,” said Jeanette Smith, director of sales and marketing. “From students and teachers to families and friends … . we offer guests of all ages the opportunity to have fun, learn something new and make happy memories together.”

New this year, guests can enjoy themed experiences throughout the season with an increased emphasis on farming and gardening. To start the season, daily activities will encourage guests to discover the power of water, how to milk a goat, the power of wind, how to give a horse a bath, and other activities. Guests can view a calendar on the Sauder Village website to learn more about the special activities planned each day.

To start the season, the 41st annual Quilt Show will take place May 2 – 7 with hundreds of quilts on display in Founder’s Hall. This event celebrates the rich tradition of quilting while showcasing the fine craftsmanship of quilters from throughout the Midwest. This year’s event includes great shopping at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop as well as a new vendor market in the Museum Building that will include quilting supplies from a number of quilt shops.

The show will also feature special exhibits, quilting demonstrations, quilt appraisals, and workshops, with guest artists Mary Kerr and Lenore Crawford. Other upcoming events include Spring on the Farm on Saturday, May 13, and the popular Antique Car Gathering on Saturday, May 20.

Other Sauder Village activities include exploring wigwams and a trading post at Natives & Newcomers, and experiencing life in Ohio from 1830-70 at the log school, church, barn, homes, and gardens. Guests can also step into the 1920s at the Grime Homestead complete with telephone, radio, and player piano.

A ride on the horse-drawn carriage and a trip around the Village on the Erie Express Train are also popular activities.

Sauder Village is open this spring Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays; summer hours will begin after Memorial Day. Admission is $17 for adults, $11 for students from age 6-16, and free for members and children five and under. Children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season.

For more information, call 800-590-9755, visit the Sauder Village website at, or visit Facebook or Twitter and Instagram.

Sauder Village in Archbold opens for the season May 2. Village in Archbold opens for the season May 2.

Staff report