Clevelanders seeking a family-oriented, fun and educational weekend getaway should consider a journey to historic Sauder Village in Archbold. Ohio where you can experience what life was like in rural Ohio more than 100 years ago at their annual Spring on the Farm event on Saturday, May 14.
Historic Sauder Village was established by Eric J. Sauder, the founder of Sauder Woodworking Company (featuring ready-to-assemble furniture). Made up of several historic areas, visitors can witness such activities as sheep shearing, planting, harvesting, food preparation, old printing techniques, canning and preserving and cooking demonstrations during the course of the seasons.
Spring on the Farm All ages can enjoy the day’s activities including meeting and greeting baby farm animals, playing old-fashioned games and helping in the garden. Cooking and Food activities include trying your hand at making butter, grating horseradish, cleaning dandelion greens and making candied violets.
Among the demonstrations offered will be soap making, sheep shearing and flax processing. Visitors can also try their hand at Spring cleaning activities like rug beating, white washing and stuffing a straw tick and for some “Homespun Fun,” there will be hand carding and lap loom weaving. Other fun activities include helping to mow the lawn at the Grime Homestead, participating in a “make & take” embroidery craft, making a cordage bracelet and helping clean gourds at the Natives & Newcomers area of Sauder Village.
Visitors will also be able to play croquet and marbles, listen to a baseball game on the vintage radio in the 1920’s Grime Home and take part in a scavenger hunt. There will also be live musical entertainment throughout the day from folksinger and storyteller Bob Ford. At Little Pioneers Homestead, children can enjoy story hour (at 1:30 p.m.) with the tale of “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” and get the chance to meet a real live pig.
Hours for the Spring on the Farm event are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students (6-16). Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free.
For those wishing to stay overnight, the Sauder Heritage Inn offers queen/queen rooms, king rooms and suites. Room rates start at $110 with AAA, military and senior discounts available. A free upscale breakfast is included. The Inn also features an indoor pool with a waterfall, a hot tub and exercise rooms.
For more information about the Spring on the Farm event or about Sauder Village or to make reservations, call 800-590-9755 or get online at www.saudervillage.com. Lauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2 in Archbold, Ohio. Archbold is 152 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2.5 hour drive.