At the very tippy top of our bucket list of things do to in Ohio
is a day trip to what has become, in the last 40 years,
my favorite place on earth.
Sauder Village opened in 1976 and I remember visiting there
on a school field trip not many years after that.
When it simply comprised the "inner circle" of historical buildings,
the general store, and the museum building.
Today, it is a living historical area complete with a bakery,
incredible inn (where my husband and I spent our wedding night!), campground,
and expanded historical village that should be on everyone's destination list
when visiting northwest Ohio!!!
I love it here so much that I worked here as a historical costumed interpreter
for a few weeks the fall before I got married
just after moving home from New Hampshire.
My Mom now works here in both the Holdeman Mennonite Church
as well as the St. Mark's Lutheran Church
where she plays the pump organ for the daily visitors.
My children all look forward to the day we visit Sauder Village
and they save up their money to shop in the General Store,
the Stella Leona Chocolate Shop,
and the gift shop!!
We so enjoyed another leisurely afternoon of wandering
the stony pathways, riding the train and buggy,
and enjoying even more ice cream!!