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Sauder Village

Sauder Village is more than just the venue for Rug Hooking magazine’s annual Rug Hooking Week. It’s a nonprofit organization, home of Ohio’s largest living-history museum. The 235-acre complex offers a complement of food, lodging and retail services, making it an ideal destination for families, groups, small conferences and special events.

We are different than most organizations thanks to the original passion and dream of our founder, Erie Sauder who was a visionary leader. Erie established Sauder Village in 1976, not just to preserve the “things” from history, but more importantly to share the “stories” of everyday people of the past. His respect and appreciation for his ancestors translated into a passion to ensure that people, and most specifically children, realize the ingenuity, hard work, sacrifice, and determination of those who came before us — and ultimately to inspire that same pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit in their lives today in hopes that they strive to make a positive difference in their world. This continues to serve as our core purpose.

In addition, an overriding commitment to service and hospitality is deeply rooted in the Sauder Village culture. Reminded of Erie’s continued example of servitude in all he did, our staff is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming environment, offering experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity and fun.

You're sure to have fun in the past at Ohio's largest living history destination. From May through October visit nearly 40 historic homes, shops, farms and gardens. Enjoy homestyle dining at the Barn Restaurant and freshly baked treats at the Doughbox Bakery. Why not make it a getaway with a stay at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground (open seasonally)? Come get away from it all at Sauder Village!

Explore the Historic Village with a walk through time from 1803 to 1928. Hear stories shared by costumed guides in historic homes and shops, take a ride on the Erie Express train, visit animals in the farmyard and marvel at working craftsmen blending skill and creativity in glass, metal, fiber, wood and clay.


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