Step into history at Auglaize Village

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Our area is full of interesting historical sites and museums.

Some of them are better known than others, but there is a real gem in Defiance County.

History is in the spotlight at Auglaize Village and it began over fifty years ago. The village is a project of the Defiance County Historical Society and Tim Frederick is one of the volunteers helping to make it all possible.

“The first 40 acres were donated and the additional 80 acres were purchased later,” Frederick said.

The village is home to an incredible collection of historic buildings from across the region.

“We have a school, a church, a post office, a doctor’s office and a train depot dating back to the mid-1800s,” Frederick said.

And that’s just to name a few of the learning opportunities here. It really is a place where kids can take a break from technology.

“They put their phones down,” Frederick said. “Some will take pictures and ask questions and we’re always happy to see that because they ask good questions.”

Although history is the focus here, modern technology can help you navigate the site. You can use your phone to learn more about some of the buildings like the Kinner Cabin.

The two-story log cabin is one of many buildings full of stories dating back over a century. There is also a sawmill, a natural history museum, fire and farm exhibits, a railroad system, and a military museum.

This building started out as a CCC camp, then during WWII it later became a POW camp. There are also fruit and vegetable crops grown here.

According to the story, some of these apple trees are linked to one of the most famous apple promoters of all time, Johnny Appleseed. He planted trees in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

“We actually have some on site from trees that he planted,” Frederick said.

As you can imagine, it’s a lot of work to maintain the vast grounds.

“We have people helping paint buildings, mow grass, fix roofs and siding,” Frederick said.

Auglaize Village isn’t open every day, but there are special events throughout the year, from a settler’s encampment to an antique farmhouse display and fiber show.

There is also a Johnny Appleseed Festival and a Hobo Supper. They are always looking for volunteers.

“They can do anything from painting and building to helping with events, admissions or cooking,” Frederick said.

Frederick and the other volunteers here love sharing this place and all of its history.

“I love the story. It’s important to pass it on to young people and help them learn, as well as adults,” Fredrick said.

The Johnny Appleseed Festival runs from October 1-2, followed by the Hobo Supper on October 15.

There are usually five to six events each year. To find out more about Auglaize Village and its activities, Click here.

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