Whether you are an avid train collector or just a kid at heart . . . the "All Aboard" Train event on October 6 & 7 will provide a fun-filled way to celebrate fall. Guests will certainly be smiling as they watch tiny trains travel 'round the tracks, through tunnels, and pasty tiny homes. With special train displays, a train safety presentation and the chance to be a "guest conductor" on the Erie Express – this event is sure to be popular with guests of all ages.
Again this year, the Swanton Area Railroad and Model Club will have a variety of model trains set-up in the Festival Barn. A garden-scale train display will also be set-up in the Historic Village. On Sunday afternoon guests will have the opportunity to learn more about train and car safety. Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit group from Montpelier, will be on hand to share important safety information with guests.
A visit to Sauder Village would not be complete without a ride on the Erie Express. The Erie Express is the 24-gauge "big boy train" that replaced the small train that was in the Historic Village since 1976. A replica of the C.P. Huntington, the Erie Express has five train cars, including one car that is wheelchair accessible. Guests can ride the train not only for fun but also as a way to travel to Pioneer Settlement, the new 5-acre addition to Sauder Village. With a train stop at Pioneer Settlement, guests can get off the train at this new area to visit historic homes, the log school, church, jail and more!
Throughout the weekend, guests can also register for a chance to be a "guest conductor" on the Erie Express train. There will be drawings held each day for both youth and adults guest conductors.
There are many fall activities planned at Historic Sauder Village through the end of October. Some of the special events include Fall on the Farm and Scout Day October 13, Community Health Day October 20 and Woodcarver's Show & Sale October 27 and 28.
Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4:00 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season! For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage.