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The Historic Village of Zoar Ohio has been preserved and is brought to you by the Ohio Historical Society and the Zoar Community Association.

Some 200 German Separatists founded Zoar Village in 1817 as they sought to flea from persecution in their homeland.

The original 5000 acres of land were purchased in Ohio's Tuscarawas Valley for $3.00 an acre.

The Separatists arrived in October of 1817 an immediately set to work building shelters for their families.

A community society was formed in 1819 called "The Society of Separatists of Zoar."

Its purpose was allow the families to band together and help them survive the hard times.

Zoar Society was self-sufficient, accumulating assets of over a million dollars, until 1898 when its members voted to dissolve the Society.


Today, the Village of Zoar is a simple little country town. There are approximately 75 families living in the village's original homes built back in 1817 and others built more recently.

Most of the original homes have been preserved and restored.

Many of the buildings of Zoar are privately owned and are utilized as residences, restaurants, shops and even Bed & Breakfasts.

zoar-gardenThe Village of Zoar hosts three major events each year.

They host a Harvest Festival and Antique Show & Sale held the first weekend of August.

There's a Civil War re-enactment held in September.

And they have a special "Christmas in Zoar" celebration in December with candle and tree lighting services.

For more information on any of these and other events in the Village of Zoar, Ohio call 330-874-2646.

For more things to see and do in the Zoar Ohio area, check out the following links:

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Historical information adapted from "The Zoar Star" the quarterly newsletter of the Zoar Community Association.

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