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Explore American Mennonite History – Archbold, OH

Meet your family in Archbold, OH to explore your Mennonite heritage and see some local sights on a refreshing weekend getaway. This is the perfect local tour for family groups of 5-10. Invite your kids and grandkids. Connect with your siblings and cousins.

At A Glance

  • Choose your own dates
  • 3 Days



Day 1: Enjoy a presentation about the local Mennonites and learn more about your family history. Spend the afternoon shopping at the shops in Bluffton or head to Archbold to settle into your hotel and enjoy the on-site amenities. For families with children, you can check out this Itinerary for Families at Sauder Village. Enjoy a filling home-cooked meal at the Barn Restaurant.

Day 2: Day trip to Bluffton or Holmes county.

Day 3: Spend the morning exploring more of Sauder Village (or the whole day, as there is much to do) or perhaps take a morning hike at Goll Woods State Nature Preserve. Depart for home or extend your stay to experience even more of the unique local activities.


 *This itinerary is fully customizable. We would be happy to assist you with customizing this program to meet your family’s needs.


Step 1: Reserve your family’s adventure and choose one of the following Hotels.

Sauder Heritage Inn

22611 OH-2, Archbold, OH 43502, United States

Adjacent to Sauder Village, this straightforward inn is 3.9 miles from Goll Woods Nature Preserve. Casual rooms feature minifridges, coffeemakers, desks and free WiFi; some have balconies with courtyard views or pull-out loveseats. Suites add separate living areas, pull-out sofas, and bathrooms with separate powder rooms; some offer enclosed sun porches, full kitchens and washer/dryers. Amenities include a gym, a hot tub and an indoor pool with a waterfall. A game room and business center are also on-site. Continental breakfast and parking are free.

Carlisle Inn

4949 Walnut St, Walnut Creek, OH 44687, United States

In Ohio’s Amish Country, this homey hotel is 3 miles from Yoder’s Amish Home farmstead and 4 miles from the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center. Quaint rooms have handcrafted wooden furniture, TVs, and free Wi-Fi, as well as minifridges and coffeemakers. Some have Amish quilts and most have private balconies or porches. Upgraded rooms and suites add sitting areas, whirlpool tubs, and microwaves. Complimentary continental breakfast is served in the sitting room. There is a fitness room, and massages are available for a fee.


Step 2: Enhance your tour by visiting other local attractions. Click below for more exciting options.


Ohio River by Darshan Simha, Flickr

Mennonite History Tour in Ohio – Other Attractions






Step 3: Add an Extension to your Trip.

Cleveland, Ohio – Here you will find a vibrant downtown scene that offers world-class arts and culture and plenty of waterfront fun! Cleveland offers many major attractions such as their Botanical Garden; the Greater Cleveland Aquarium; the classic “Christmas Story” house; the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and of course professional sporting teams and events. Enjoy pockets of greenery with parks within the city limits -or take a trip out to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Enjoy their hiking trails or paddle down the river by kayak. Experience the cities rich culinary history at the West Side Market. With more than 100 vendors, this market has been in operation for over a century and still looks like it did when it catered to the immigrant community all those years ago.

Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh is a city located on the junction of 3 rivers and is known as “the Steel City”. The many museums and galleries speak to its history as the 20th century industrial capital. Enjoy the many family attractions such as the Carnegie Science center; the Children’s Museum, the Pittsburg Zoo or even try zip lining! Visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens or enjoy a Pittsburgh river cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Experience a 143 year old Incline car for a spectacular panoramic view of the city! Step back in time with a short drive to explore the countryside with a visit to Beaver County, PA.  With amazing architecture, professional sporting events as well as the many historical landmarks – there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.


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Header Photo: Ohio Countryside by Mike, Flickr