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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The purpose of sauder village is to depict the lifestyle and customs of the rural inhabitants of northwest ohio, as they took place more than a century ago, through demonstrations, activities and exhibits. Patrons are primarily from the surrounding tri-state area.

Programs: Sauder village operates a restaurant, bakery, inn, campground and banquet hall for the patrons of sauder village and the surrounding community. The revenue generated from these hospitality services is used to directly support the non-profit mission of sauder village. Note: total revenue from the restaurant, bakery, inn, campground and banquet hall is $3,932,299. A large portion is deemed to be unrelated to the organization's exempt purpose and is therefore considered taxable income.

the historic village continues to collect, preserve and communicate all available knowledge concerning the natural, cultural, and artistic heritage of the people in the northwest ohio region from the time of the first settlement through the present. There were 78,629 visitors during the current year.

a complete calendar of extra special events and activities is offered throughout the historic village season, ranging from our annual quilt show to hands-on "farm days" to a vintage base ball tournament. These special events are rooted in the heritage and activities from the past, attracting expanded audiences to the historic village experience, and providing our members opportunities to enjoy a variety of special programming throughout the season.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have visited the Sauder Village museum more times than I can count and have watched it grow and expand over the years since it opened in 1976. The exhibits represent the various craftsmen of the early NW Ohio settlers and show what life was like for them. The Black Swamp was conquered by these strong German immigrants, my ancestors being some of those settlers . Plan to spend a day if you have never been before. And try to come for one of the events. Apple Butter Makin' has become annual family favorite - well worth the four hour drive.

The Heritage Inn is almost a home away from home. We have stayed there so often we know which room number to request when making reservations. The new wing with indoor swimming pool greatly expanded the quantity of rooms, but the room size in the original wing is very spacious.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I first visited the Barn Restaurant in October 1976 when we held our wedding reception there in the manger. It must have worked as we are still married. The food was excellant then and still is. We enjoy the generous family portions, the apple butter at each table and the house salad dressing is the best. Of course since the building was originally a barn, the decor is fascinating to see the post and beam construction and all the other old farm implements adn quilts that decorate the walls.

We have visited the Sauder Village museum more times than I can count and have watched it grow and expand over the years. The exhibits represent the various craftsmen of the early NW Ohio settlers and show what life was like for them. The Black Swamp was conquered by these strong German folk, some of them being some of my ancestors. Plan to spend a day if you have never been before. And try to come for one of the events. Apple Butter Makin' has become a family favorite. We even attended Butchering Day once when our children were younger but they didn't appreciate it as much as their parents.

The Dough Box has the BEST peanut butter pie, and Belly Stickers are a special local treat.

The Heritage Inn is almost a home away from home. We have stayed there so often we know which room number to request when making reservations. The new wing with indoor swimming pool greatly expanded the space. Room size in the original wing is very spacious.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

wonderful place to visit. I love the whole atmosphere. Simple yet a very great learning experience for young and old. Peaceful atmosphere. Wonderful restaraunt and store! My family and I are definitely coming back!

Review from Guidestar