Travel: At living-history farm, residents toil a la 19th-century artisans


ARCHBOLD, Ohio — They don’t make ’em like they used to.

Except at Sauder Village.

Visitors to Ohio’s largest living-history farm and village can watch as talented artisans produce the household necessities and luxuries of yesteryear using old-fashioned tools, craftsmanship and creativity.

They’ll also learn how the earliest settlers turned the Great Black Swamp, one of the largest swamps in North America, into the fertile fields and bustling towns of northwestern Ohio.

Sauder Village was founded in 1976 by Erie Sauder (rhymes with “chowder”), whose Archbold-based Sauder Woodworking Co. became one of the largest ready-to-assemble furniture companies in the world.

Sauder grew up in the area, and the workshop where he began his company at age 16 now has a place of honor on the village green, along with a picturesque collection of other historic and reproduction shops and buildings moved to the site.

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