Grand Opening - First Phase of 1920s Main Street Community

1920s-Main-Street-logoGrand Opening 
Saturday, September 15

The first phase of the new 1920s Main Street Community at Sauder Village is slated to open on Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m.  Part of the “Walk Through Time Experience” at Sauder Village, this new project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio. The Grand Opening festivities will include special musical entertainment to celebrate this new addition to Ohio’s largest living history destination.

Construction of the first phase of this project began last fall and includes infrastructure for the expanding community, relocation of existing buildings and the construction of other key buildings representative of the 1920s. A cornerstone of the Main Street project, the relocated Elmira Depot has been renovated and is ready to serve as a stop on the Erie Express Train. The impact of the railroad on rural daily life was significant in the 1920s, bringing rural communities in contact with the world through travel, commerce, and communication. The Elmira Depot was originally located just two miles north of Sauder Village along an extension of the Wabash Railroad. The Depot includes a waiting room for passengers, an office for the stationmaster, and a freight room for storage. It will also feature a telegraphy collection to share these vital communication tools used by the railroads. An original 1920s era Caboose has been relocated next to the Depot, preserving this classic symbol of American railroading. Once a vital part of the railroad, the Caboose was the last car of a freight train and provided shelter for the crew.

Businesses that catered to train passengers, like the barbershop, were some of the first to locate near the train depot. As part of the Main Street Project, a new Barbershop has been constructed near the Depot. The Barbershop includes the complete collection of artifacts from the Okuley Barbershop in Continental, Ohio. Historically the barbershop was not only a place to spruce up from your travels or to have your hair cut, it was also a hub of communications in a small town. Locals and visitors alike could stop by and find out what was happening with others in the areas and across the country.

Finally, a plaza and classic community bandstand has been constructed to accommodate events and special programs at Sauder Village. The plaza features a beautiful clock and original bricks from the streets in downtown Archbold. Special entertainment will take place at the bandstand on select weekends throughout the season.

As part of the Grand Opening Celebration there will be special music throughout the day on Saturday, September 15. Guests will have an opportunity to take a ride down the Main Street in an antique automobile and get a ride on the Erie Express Train from the newly remodeled Elmira Depot. Come see this initial phase and envision the potential for continued expansion of the 1920s community!