Sauder Village to Open April 30th for 2013 Season

Archbold, OH – Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living-history destination, will open its doors on Tuesday, April 30th for the 2013 season. Costumed guides and working craftsmen are eager to help families explore, discover and make special memories together while celebrating the past at Sauder Village! Special opening week activities include the 37th annual Quilt Show in Founder’s Hall and a variety of demonstrations and activities in the Historic Village.

“We are excited to open the Historic Village for our 2013 season,” shared Jeanette Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing. “Sauder Village is an ideal place for guests to spend time together – whether it’s a couple looking for a relaxing day away, a fun day with grandchildren, a reunion, a special outing with friends or a family vacation.”

New this year, Sauder Village will be hosting a special traveling exhibit of knitted Presidents in the Museum Building. The exhibit includes all forty-three men who have been President of the United States. These three-dimensional figures are surprisingly life-like with period clothing and include unique elements that represent their work, hobbies, events and activities. Created by the Knotty Knitters Club of California, this exhibit has won first prize at the California State Fair, had numerous television appearances and has been on display most recently in Chicago.

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A variety of special events are planned early in the 2013 season at Sauder Village. From April 30-May 5 more than 400 quilts will be on display in Founder’s Hall for the annual Quilt Show. Other upcoming events include the always-popular Spring on the Farm event on Saturday, May 11 and the Antique Car Gathering on Saturday, May 18.

The award-winning destination offers plenty for guests to see and do while visiting historic homes, farms, gardens and community shops. Families can take a walk through time while exploring wigwams and a trading post at Natives & Newcomers and then continue to the Pioneer Settlement Area to experience life in Ohio from the 1830-1870 at the log school, church, barn, homes, gardens and more!
Throughout the Village guests can also marvel at craftsmen blending skill and creativity in glass, metals, fabric wood and clay. Celebrating fine craftsmanship has been a cornerstone of the Sauder Village experience since the Village opened in 1976. Every day traditional and contemporary craftsmen not only demonstrate their trade but also offer hand-crafted items available for sale in places like the Spinning Shop, Pottery Shop, Weaving Shop, Glass Shop and Tiffin River Woodworks.

For guests with young children a visit to Sauder Village would not be complete without spending time in the log cabin, barn and garden at Little Pioneers Homestead or meeting the new baby animals in the barnyard. A ride on the horse-drawn carriage and a trip around the Village on the Erie Express Train are also popular activities. Other favorite stops include a visit to the Ice-Cream Parlor, the Sweet Shoppe and Lauber’s General Store. The Barn Restaurant offers a unique place to enjoy a home-style meal and guests can always find delicious treats to take home from the Doughbox Bakery. For those looking to extend their stay, overnight accommodations are available at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Sauder Village Campground.

Historic Sauder Village is open this spring Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. , 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 and summer hours will begin after Memorial Day. Admission is $15.00/adults, $13.50/seniors, $8.00/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 planning a memorable Sauder Village get-away call 800.590.9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage.

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