ARCHBOLD, OH (Toledo News Now) – On Saturday, June 9 all residents of Lucas County will receive free admission to Historic Sauder Village for "Lucas County Community Appreciation Day."
Create special memories with your family and Lucas County neighbors while visiting more than 40 historic homes and shops, trying hands-on activities and having fun in the past at Sauder Village.
"As a nonprofit organization, we appreciate the support we have received from our local community over the past 37 years," shared Debbie Sauder David, Sauder Village executive director. "We are humbled by all those who have helped sustain my grandpa's dream and we understand the importance of giving back to our neighbors."
To thank the Lucas County community, a special event has been planned June 9. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all Lucas County residents will receive free admission to Historic Sauder Village. Be prepared to present a drivers license or other form of identification to verify county residency.
"We realize that many Lucas County residents haven't been to Sauder Village since they came on a school bus or brought their children many years ago," said Jeanette Smith, director of sales and marketing. "We are offering free admission to Lucas County residents not only as a way to say thank you, but also to encourage people to visit and see all the changes that have taken place over the years."
On Saturday, there will be special hands-on opportunities for guests to enjoy. In the historic homes, guests can help make butter, cookies, beaten biscuits and apple butter rolls. There will be two "Meet the Animal" sessions where guests can get an up-close look at some of the farm animals. Guests can also help shell beans, which is another traditional activity on the farm. Families can also create special memories while playing old-fashioned games together. To add to the day's festivities, guests will have a chance to enter a drawing to win prizes and have an opportunity to purchase discounted Sauder Village memberships.
Throughout the day, guests will have an opportunity to experience the daily lives of our ancestors, while visiting with costumed guides in historic homes, farms and gardens, plus community shops. Guests will also enjoy watching the many craftsmen at work in the Village, including the glassblower, potter, blacksmith, weaver, spinner and many more.
This will be a great opportunity for Lucas County residents to visit Natives and Newcomers and explore Pioneer Settlement. 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.
"Many people in our region don't realize what a recognized tourist destination Sauder Village is in the state of Ohio," said Smith. "As Ohio's largest living-history destination, Sauder Village now welcomes nearly 100,000 guests each year with even more people dining at the Barn Restaurant, staying at the Inn and Campground or enjoying our many retail shops."
Visit Sauder Village to learn more.