Sauder Village is a living history attraction in northwestern Ohio featuring homes, shops and barns where farmers, craftsmen and shopkeepers re-enact traditional ways of life. Sauder Village is a vacation destination that includes a hotel, restaurants and a campground within the 235 acre complex, as of 2015.
Sauder Village was started in 1976 by a member of the family that founded the Sauder Woodworking Company, a furniture manufacturing business. Erie Sauder commenced the building of the village after his retirement from the business where he patented a method of making ready-to-assemble furniture. He started the village in order to preserve and honor Ohio's heritage of traditional artisans and craftsmen.
Sauder collected many of the vintage buildings from the local area, restoring and moving them. He also collected traditional tools, furnishings and farm equipment. The village features demonstrations of basket making, blacksmithing, broom making, glass blowing, pottery, quilting, spinning, coopering, weaving and woodworking. The village has a farm complete with horses, sheep and cow-milking demonstrations, and gardens that demonstrate traditional uses of plants such as potpourri, culinary herbs, dyeing and medicinal herbs. Visitors can enjoy rides on horse-drawn carriages or take a trip around the village on a miniature replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington train.