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February 5, 2011

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February 5, 2011

When you walk through the doors of the welcome center of Sauder Village, its like walking back in time 150 years! From the moment you enter the village, the interpreter's make their shop come alive! They tell of the history of their shop and what it was like working in the environment back in the early 1800's. From the smells of the farm house as the ladies cook, to the barn full of livestock ready to put in a good days work! The craftsmen that work there are incredible and knowledgeable. You can see glass blowing, pottery, tinsmith, cooper shop, blacksmith, basket making, spinning shop, rug weaving, quilting... and so much more!

The village has an incredible timeline from Natives and Newcomers area to the latest addition, the pioneer settlement! All with authentic homes and people working in them as they did back in the day.

I've volunteered at Sauder Village for five years and its the most enjoyable experience I've had! Its a great place to meet guests from all over the world! And a great family destination!

They do have excellent facilities: Barn Restaurant, Doughbox Bakery, Founders Exhibition Hall, Campgrounds and the Heritage Inn! All on the Village property! Stay for a day or for a week and enjoy spending your time at one of the largest living history museums in the country!

The Great!

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History! Seeing thousands of school kids come through learning history! This is a part of everyone's heritage! The back breaking and heartbreaking pioneers who settled here. Draining the black swamp to make it a farming community!

Ways to make it better...

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Set hours for season long. Not a spring schedule, summer schedule and then fall schedule. Continuity for guests so they know our schedule.

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