Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, which is why most people prefer to reminisce about the future instead. Rediscover human's oft forgotten past with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a family four-pack of one-day admissions to historic Sauder Village in Archbold (up to a $58 value). Children aged 16 and under receive free admission on Sundays, and children 5 and under are always free. The village is closed on Mondays (except holidays).
Historic Sauder Village immerses time-travelers in the pastoral world of 19th- and early 20th-century America. A step inside reveals the village's costumed, experienced artisans, who practice authentic old-time trades such as tinsmithing, pottery, and hedge-fund management. Villagers stroll through a serene settlement of genuine 19th-century buildings transported from across northwestern Ohio, each flanked by fields of heirloom vegetables and aromatic, fresh-baked bread. The recently completed Pioneer Settlement draws visitors into the everyday edifices of antiquity, including homes, a school, jail, and more. Meanwhile, Sauder inhabitants perform the ever-changing duties of yesteryear's denizens, harvesting crops in the fall and shearing sheep on Halloween to costume their pet wolves. Pioneers can hark back to the heyday of the superfluous "e" at the sweet shoppe or sate their craving for frozen treats at the ice-cream parlor. The Barn Restaurant, converted from a Civil War–era barn, fortifies starving settlers with a variety of lunch and dinner fare.
For a tangible taste of native antiques and artifacts, the on-site museum beckons visitors with more than a thousand automobiles, household appliances, toys, and other items from antiquity. Pilgrims hoping to bring home a piece of the past can stop by the Threads of Tradition quilt shop, which houses more than 3,500 bolts of assorted fabrics. Sauder Village's hours and activities change with the seasons and the town crier's horoscopes; a full list of hours and dates is available on its website.
Sauder Village offers discounts for certain people online, but this Groupon still provides the best deal for four admissions.
After building up one of the state’s most successful furniture companies, woodworker Erie Sauder paid tribute to northwest Ohio’s pioneers with an open-air museum dedicated to re-creating the idyllic charm of a 19th-century rural village. To make his dream an even more vivid reality, Sauder moved dozens of historical structures to the village, restoring them and filling them with traditional pottery and tinsmithing shops, general stores, and schools. Costumed actors guide visitors of all ages through the traditional chores and activities of the 1800s, such as singing hymns, shearing sheep, or rebooting the hard drive on the printing press. Exhibits place guests directly into the lives and experiences of the Great Black Swamp’s settlers, from the earliest native peoples to the hardworking farmers and master craftsfolk of the late 1800s.
As patrons send themselves back in time with the village’s sights and sounds, they treat their taste buds to handmade sweet rolls from the Doughbox bakery, or dine on feasts of roast beef and chicken amid the hand-hewn rafters of the Barn Restaurant. Overnight guests lodge at the spacious campground or the beautiful Heritage Inn, replete with exercise rooms, a gorgeous 25-foot tree, and WiFi access powered by a horse on a treadmill.