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Apple Week

Tuesday, September 17 –  Saturday, September 21, 2019  Apple Butter Making 165  400x400

Tues. - Fri. 10:00 am – 3:30 pm,  Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The aroma of apples and spices mixed with the scent of wood fires and falling leaves marks a change of season and the celebration of Apple Week at Sauder Village in Archbold (OH). From Tuesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 21 guests will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy apple-related activities throughout the Historic Village. The week is sure to delight all of your senses with activities including cider pressing, apple cooking demonstrations, apple-themed activities, and apple butter making (Saturday only).

One way to preserve apples was to press them into cider.  Throughout the week the 130-year-old wooden press will be put to use to make apple cider. There will be many other apple-related activities taking place during this 5-day event. Guests can watch apple drying demonstrations, apple cooking in many of the historic homes, and try samples of apple butter from the Barn Restaurant. There will be apple-themed activities for young guests to enjoy at Little Pioneers Homestead and hands-on apple activities at the Eicher Cabin. Throughout the week guests can also watch beekeeping presentations, animal programs, goat milking demonstrations, help pack a wagon and much more! On Saturday guests can help press apples into cider with an old-time, hand operated cider press!  Guests can also enjoy a variety of delicious apple treats while visiting Sauder Village. There will be apple dumplings, apple pies, apple fritters and other tasty treats for guests to purchase at the Doughbox Bakery.

Produced in the fall as a way to preserve part of the apple crop, apple butter was historically a community project – bringing families and neighbors together each fall. Again this year, guests of all ages will gather to celebrate this time-honored fall tradition at Sauder Village. On Saturday only, the delicious apple butter will be cooked in a copper kettle near the Stuckey Home in the Pioneer Settlement Area. Guests can enjoy apple schnitzing demonstrations and then watch as gallons of apple cider and bushels of the thinly sliced apples are simmered over an open fire and stirred until the mixture reduces to form the thick, sweet spread.

Saturday, September 21 is also Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day Live event. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live allows free admission to Sauder Village to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket (or admission to other participating museum or cultural institutions)! Museum Day Live represents Smithsonian’s commitment to making learning and knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants across the country. Museum Day Live tickets may be downloaded at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live ticket will gain free entrance for two people at Sauder Village. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.