Tours are part of an Ohio History Connection initiative celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act
Historic Zoar Village will offer free tours of the Zoar Hotel on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional tours are available on Sunday, September 11 from noon to 3 p.m.
The tours are part of Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Open Doors – a statewide effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act through behind-the-scenes tours and lectures.
According to Tammi Mackey-Shrum, site manager, the Zoar Hotel is an ideal location due to its historic significance and partially-renovated condition.
“The hotel was built in 1833 and during it’s time, accommodated people from all walks of American life – from a U.S. president to the middle class merchant to the beggar,” she says. “Today, the hotel’s exterior looks much like it did during its peak, but the interior is awaiting restoration. Many people are curious about what the hotel looks like on the inside. This is their chance to take a look and also learn more about the building’s history.”
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-874-3011. While free admission applies to the hotel tours, visitors that wish to tour the rest of Zoar Village can purchase tickets at the Zoar Store. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under.
The National Historic Preservation Act Turns 50
Ohio Open Doors is commemorating the National Historic Preservation Act. Established in 1966, the act has been instrumental in preserving the historic fabric of U.S. cities and neighborhoods. It has transformed the face of communities by establishing a legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeology. The act drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.