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The Historic Village of Zoar has been named to the 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has identified the Village of Zoar, OH as an important historic site that is at risk. The Village sits at the base of a levee constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) nearly 75 years ago to hold back potential floodwaters. The levee is in need of major repairs. By being named to the list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” the historic Village of Zoar moves into a national discussion. The additional attention generated through this designation by the NTHP is expected to encourage more people to learn about Zoar and to become supporters of saving the village.

The historic village on the Tuscarawas River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It tells a unique story of a group of German immigrants escaping religious persecution to establish a commune in 1817. Descendents of original founders continue to live in some of the historic homes. It is an easy stroll through town to visit shops, the beautiful garden in the center of town, and to see original homes, the school, the hotel, and more.

Please read about the community here and follow the links to express your support.

photo of Zoar Villagers Harvesting Crops links to Ohio Pix database page, AL00828 "...Zoar is the quaintest, most interesting and most absolutely unique village that...[you] could find in all the length and breadth of our magnificent country. It is situated in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and is owned and occupied exclusively by a most singular sect of German pietist-mystics, socialists and communists known as Zoarites, who founded it in the year 1817."

--Geoffrey Williston Christine
Peterson's Magazine
January 1889

Founded by the German religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists of Zoar in 1817 as a communal society, Zoar today is an island of Old-World charm in east-central Ohio. Many of the German-style structures built by the Zoarites have been restored and are open to the public as Zoar Village State Memorial. Others are privately-owned, and serve as residences, shops, restaurants and bed and breakfast inns.

Visitors can experience the life of the agrarian Separatists by visiting the ten restored buildings (Number One House, Kitchen/Magazine Complex, Garden House, Bakery, Tinshop, Dairy, Wagon Shop, Blacksmith Shop and Zoar Store), which are staffed with costumed interpreters and furnished with items made or used by the Separatists. Some buildings are staffed, others open by guided tour. Volunteers give craft demonstrations during the many yearly special events.

Photos of Zoar Village - OHS Photo

Additional Information:
Zoar Village National Designation from National Trust For Historic Preservation (62KB PDF)
Named one of 11 Most Endangered (70KB PDF)
The People of Zoar (44KB PDF)
Express your opinion about Zoar to the US Army Corps of Engineers
Zoar in the list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places”
Shared Photos and Personal Stories
Donate through the National Trust for Historic Preservation here


April – December

Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday noon - 5 p.m.


June - September

Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday noon - 4 p.m.

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Admission: Guided Tours Tours may be arranged at any time during the year with advanced registration.
Includes Town Hall, Number One House, wagon Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Tin Shop, Garden House, and Bakery.

Adults $8.00
Ages 5 - 17 $4.00
OHS Members, ZCA Members and ages 5 & under FREE

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Zoar Village is located 2.5 miles east of I-77 (exit 93) on State Route 212. It is between New Philadelphia and Canton in Tuscarawas County.

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General Information

Zoar Village is administered by the Ohio Historical Society and managed locally by the Zoar Community Association.
Zoar Village
Box 508
Zoar, OH 44697

(330) 874-3011
1 (800) 262-6195 (toll free)


Site Contact:
S. Baughman

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Handicapped Accessibility
Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.

The Garden House, Wagon Shop and Baker are accessible with assistance. An orientation video of Zoar Village, located in the General Store, allows an opportunity to view areas that are not handicapped accessible.

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