The village is the home of the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, now located on the square at the corner of Main and Broadway streets.
Featured on the cover of the Guinness Book of World Records in 1977, the clock has made an amazing journey from Schwartzwald, Germany, to Sugarcreek.
In the early 1970s the family that owned the Alpine Alpa Restaurant on U.S. Route 62 near Wilmot commissioned the clock to be built. For years, it was a featured attraction on the hill behind the restaurant.
In 2007, after years of weathering, and after the restaurant had changed owners, the clock was in a state of disrepair.
The Hampton Hotel chain selected the clock as one of its landmarks to save in its “Save-A-Landmark” program. The sponsorship included a $20,000 cash grant, and work was begun in August of that year toward its restoration.
Two years later, the restaurant closed and everything was auctioned, including the clock, to the highest bidder. It was purchased by Mark Coblentz, owner of Walnut Creek Cheese.
Coblentz eventually donated it to Sugarcreek, also known as “Little Switzerland of Ohio,” and in the spring of 2009, it was moved to the village and placed on a vacant lot on Factory Street.
The village purchased its final destination/location — at Main and Broadway — and the clock was moved to its current location on May 30, 2012.
The clock stands more than 23 feet tall and is 24 feet wide. Every half-hour, a cuckoo bird pops out and then Swiss polka music begins playing as the band emerges and hand-carved dancers dance. The performances run every half hour from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during warmer weather. The clock remains viewable, but the shows don’t take place in the cold winter months.
Need directions? GPS it at Main and Broadway streets, Sugarcreek.