From the sheep shearing and planting in the spring to harvesting and preserving in the fall, every day at Historic Sauder Village is unique and special! Experience history up close as our costumed staff leads many activities and demonstrations of daily rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Depending on the day and season, your visit may include hymn singing, demonstrations of old printing techniques, samples of a 19th century
recipe or a chance to taste a homemade pickle or help with food preparation.
The craft buildings and studios are home to several nationally recognized craftsmen working with traditional crafts in both historic and modern interpretations. With daily displays of their skills, these artisans perpetuate American craftsmanship right in front of your eyes.
In 1934, local farm boy Erie J. Sauder
(1904-1997) with plenty of vision, determination and God-given mechanical ability, founded the Sauder Woodworking Company, today a world leader in ready-to-assemble furniture.
Although he was always a forward thinker, Erie was well aware that the past had paved the way. He was particularly partial to the stories of his ancestors who had been among those who settled NW Ohio's Great Black Swamp in the mid 1830s.
That's why, in the 1970s, he had dozens of structures, built by hand a century earlier, moved from locations throughout NW Ohio to create the Sauder Village.
Today, the third generation of his family oversees the Village, which includes a 350-seat restaurant; a bakery; a campground; a
98-room country inn and an exhibit/performance center, Founder's Hall.