Free Admission To Sauder Village For Williams County Residents

Archbold, OH – On Saturday, August 1 all residents of Williams County will receive free admission to Historic Sauder Village for Williams County Community Appreciation Day. This is also the weekend of the 32nd Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show and Sale – an added bonus for Williams County residents! Make plans now to have fun in the past with your family and Williams County neighbors while making special memories at Ohio’s largest living-history destination!

“Since the Williams County Day we had planned in late June was rained out we decided to invite all Williams County residents back for another free day at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations. “On Saturday, August 1 residents of Williams County are invited to spend time together having fun in the past exploring historic homes and shops, visiting barnyard animals and trying hands-on activities – with no admission fee, with valid ID. Also included is free admission to the Doll & Teddy Bear Show and Sale in Founders Hall – a popular event for doll lovers!”

As a non-profit organization, Sauder Village understands the importance of giving back to the community. Free admission is being offered to all Williams County residents on Saturday, August 1 as a way to say thank you for supporting Sauder Village for nearly 40 years! The County Days events have also been a great way to encourage people in local communities to visit and see all the changes that have taken place over the years.

“Our guests are in for a real treat this year with the opening of our newly renovated Grime Homestead,” Krieger added. “The original farmhouse at Sauder Village has been remodeled, ‘modern’ artifacts like a telephone and radio have been added, and the hemline of the interpreter’s dresses has been shortened! Costumed guides will share stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities to help guests experience life in the 1920s in the home, barns and garden areas of the Grime Homestead”

On this special Williams County Day guests can visit with costumed guides in historic homes, farms and gardens, and community shops. Guests will also enjoy watching the many craftsmen at work in the Village including the glassblower, potter, blacksmith, weaver, spinner and many others! This will be a great opportunity for Williams County residents to take a “Walk Through Time” while visiting Natives and Newcomers, Pioneer Settlement and the new 1920s Grime Homestead. Families with young children will enjoy spending time at Little Pioneers Homestead where they can “play pioneer” as they gather eggs, milk the fiberglass cow and play in the log cabin.

A visit to Sauder Village would not be complete without a ride on the horse and buggy or the Erie Express Train. Other favorite stops include a visit to the Ice Cream Parlor and Lauber’s General Store. There also are many unique shopping opportunities at Sauder Village including Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop, the Village Gift Shop and the Sauder Store & Outlet – just across the parking lot.

“Many people in our region don’t realize that Sauder Village is Ohio’s largest living history destination,” shared Krieger. “Each year Sauder Village welcomes nearly 100,000 guests with even more people dining at the Barn Restaurant, staying at the Inn and Campground or enjoying our many retail shops.”

Other upcoming events at Sauder Village include the Rug Hooking Event August 12-15 and a Barbershop Sing on August 22. September events at the Village include Home School Appreciation Days, Preserving Our Memories, Celebrate Our Artisans, Apple Butter Making and a new Fiber Arts Fest. A Sauder Village Membership is a great way to enjoy the many events planned at Sauder Village. Single, Couple, Family and Grandparent Memberships may be purchased online at

To receive free admission on Saturday, August 1 all Williams County residents should be prepared to present a drivers license or other form of identification to verify county residency. Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4:00 p.m. The Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Regular admission is $16.00/adults, $14.00/seniors, $10.00/students (6-16) and free for members and children 5 and under. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season!

For more details about Williams County Community Appreciation Day or other events planned at Sauder Village call 800.590.9755, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.


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