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“Amazing garden!”

Zoar Village State Memorial
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Zoar
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded as a communal group by 19th-century religious dissenters, Zoar has been partially restored as the Zoar Village State Memorial. Other buildings are private residences, shops, restaurants and inns.
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We were on our way to New Philly and the gardens at Zoar caught our attention! On the way back we stopped to walk the grounds. So pretty!!

Thank Andrea B
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"civil war reenactment"
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"meeting house"
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"art gallery"
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"interesting place"
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"nice walk"
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"great place to visit"
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"central garden"
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Since we got a $35, 18-month membership to the Ohio History Connection, which provides free admittance to many historic sites around Ohio, we have been taking little two day explorations. The neat thing about Zoar is that it has so many original buildings, not replicas. It was settled in 1817 by German religious dissenters who wanted to be more pietist and ascetic than the mandated state religion. They were communal, the Society of Separatists of Zoar, and worked as a group to accomplish their larger purpose. They agreed to dig the canal through their area and thus pay off their land loans. There were about 150 women to about 50 men, and the women dug right alongside the men. When you come into town, park behind First Street and come up the steps to the Zoar Store to get a wristband ($8 adults unless you're OHC members), and you will receive a map showing which of the public buildings are open that day. There are also private residences mixed in. We visited The Town Hall (including a film, very interesting museum with many articles from the time on the 2nd floor, and indoor restrooms), the #1 House including kitchen and magazine (supply center), with many original household items, newly renovated after flood Bimeler House & Art Gallery, Garden, and Bakery (rye bread samples and German pretzels for $2!) and walked across the street to look at the Meeting House (which today is a Church of Christ). The costumed docents were very knowledgeable about their areas and gave a wealth of info in very interesting fashion. The village operated until 1898 when the group disbanded.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you like history, old buildings, and artifacts, you'll love this place. There are plenty of artifacts to look at, pictures, tools, clothing, materials, etc. Everything is very well kept and in great condition. Pains were taken to restore buildings to what they once were. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Only reason it wasn't a 5 is because several of the buildings were not open, but there wasn't a reduction in pricing.

We crossed paths with a family with several kids several times, and even their kids seemed to enjoy looking - of course, it's a look don't touch policy.

Thank SnMMcD
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Local interpreters tell the 80 year long story of the German Separatists who lived, thrived, and then died in this middle Ohio community in the 19th century. Several buildings are restored and open to the public including a #1 house, hotel, meeting house (church), garden house, art gallery, and others.Scheduled weekend festivals add to the attraction of the village. Definitely a great place to Visit!

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Reviewed 6 July 2017

Took about 3 hours on self guided tour. About 7 buildings were open with knowledgeable costumed interpreters. Unique historical site. Hopefully efforts to restore additional buildings will continue.

Thank ballen122
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