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Visit Zoar Village

Tour the museum buildings, see early American architecture, and enjoy the quaint village scenery.

Out and About in the Zoar Area

Historic Zoar Village is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history, art, or architecture. But the greater Zoar area isn’t just for history buffs! With a central location convenient for plenty of shopping, dining, museums, theaters, music, gardens, and wineries, we can promise you Historic Zoar Village and the surrounding area is well worth the trip.

Jan-Mar: Closed
Apr-May: Sat (11am-4pm); Sun (12pm-4pm)
Jun-Sep: Wed-Sat (11am-4pm); Sun (12pm-4pm)
Oct: Sat (11am-4pm); Sun (12pm-4pm)
Nov-Dec: Closed

Please note the museum is closed on all major holidays. Our office is closed on Mondays.

Tour Times
Wed-Sun: (11am, 1pm & 3pm)

Outdoor Tour Series
The Outdoor Tour Series is available by appointment only. Please call 330-874-3011 or email [email protected] to book today!

Wed-Sun: (11am, 1pm & 3pm)

These tours DO NOT take you inside any buildings.  

-The Dairy Industry: A special look at one of the biggest industries for the community.

-The Textile Industry: From Sheep to Shawl. The process, buildings, and people responsible for the Zoar textile industry.

-Back to School: A look of the many buildings associated with children’s lives in Zoar.

-The Art of Zoar: Zoar was a popular destination in the early 20th century for artists. See the buildings and paintings that made Zoar a haven for artists.

Visiting the village is free.
Paid tours are available regularly.

Tour Price: $10/adult (18+), $5/child (5-17)*
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NEW Combo Tickets: $12/adult (18+), $6/child (5-17) for Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens Museum**
To buy combo tickets, please call our office at 330.874.3011

*Ohio History Connection and Zoar Community Association members are free (excluding special events)
**Must be used same day

Tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged at any time during the year with advance reservations.

Jan-Feb: Closed
Mar: Fri-Sat (10am-5pm); Sun (12pm-5pm)
Apr-Dec: Wed-Sat (10am-5pm); Sun (12pm-5pm)

Please note the Zoar store is closed on all major holidays. Our office is closed on Mondays.

Visit Historic Zoar Village

The Zoar Store & Visitor’s Center
198 Main St
Zoar, Ohio 44697
1.800.262.6195
330.874.3011

Get directions here.

Special Tours & Programing

Classes for Adults

To make reservations for a class, call (330)874-3011.

This six-week class meets once a week on Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm at the Zoar Schoolhouse. Instructor Bill Koch will lead you through the basics of material layout and design as well as watercolor painting techniques.

Cost is $60/participant and reservations are required. A supply list will be given when you make your reservation.  Check our calendar for dates and other upcoming classes and events.

Learn the basics of blacksmithing as you forge a hook and nail from 8am-5pm. This class features plenty of time at the anvil while you discover the history of smithing.

Limited to 4 apprentices and reservations are required. $110/participant.

Must have completed the Beginning Blacksmithing Class to register.

Students spend all day at the forge working on a project to take home. Project may include leaf work, fullering, horseshoes, fire poker, rake, or a paper towel or bathroom tissue holder.

Limited to 3 apprentices and reservations are required. Class is from 8am-5pm and $135/participant.

Must have completed the Intermediate and Beginning Blacksmithing classes to register.

Students will spend the day learning forge welding and fire welding at the old forge. Working projects may include a welded fire poker, nail header, and chain.

Limited to 2 apprentices and reservations are required. Class is from 8am-5pm and $145/participant.

An introduction to blade making at the old forge. Students will be introduced to the mechanics of the timeless art of blade making. Participants will create projects to take home and includes all instruction, materials, and lunch.

Participant must have completed the Beginning and Intermediate Blacksmithing Classes to register.

Limited to two apprentices. Reservations are required.Class is from 8 am – 5 pm and $155/participant (or $139.50/participant for ZCA members).

Learn the basics of cross stitching and needle point. Instructors will give you a brief history of the craft followed by a hands on interactive class. Materials and pattern will be provided. Breakfast and lunch are included.  Reservations are required. Class is from 9am- 2pm and is $50/participant.

Learn the art of baking an authentic Zoar Pretzel. Baker Nancy Gordon Wyatt will instruct participants on the art of making their own batch of Zoar pretzels, while learning the history of the baked good. Nancy’s pretzels frequently sell out during Zoar festivals, so learn to make this delectable treat for you and your family.

Cost for the class is $50/person and includes all baking supplies needed. There is a limited amount of space available in the course, so call (330) 874-3011 to make your reservation today.

Saturdays in Zoar: Free Speaker Series

This award-winning series takes place on the first Saturday of every month, at 11am in the Zoar Schoolhouse. Topics focus on the people and events that made local, state and national history. Check our calendar for upcoming speaker events.

Tours

Explore Historic Zoar Village with one of our many specialized tour options.

Group tours may be booked any time of the year. Groups of 10 or more may tour our historic museums with a costumed guide for $8/person. Add a tour of the Zoar Church for $50.

Lunch Options:

Enjoy a boxed lunch in the Zoar Schoolhouse from local eatery Zoar Market, or choose a German menu catered by Benson’s Market and Catering.

You may also contact Donnie’s Tavern (330-874-7097) for lunch in a historic Zoar building.

Nearby Bolivar offers American dining at the Towpath Tavern (330-874-6141) or a diner-style menu from Canal Street Diner (330-874-4814)

Tours leave each night at 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, or 7:30. Costumed interpreters share spooky tales of the former inhabitants as you walk through the historic buildings and streets by lantern light. Encounter ghosts in the buildings and gardens of Zoar!

Cost for these tours is $15/adult (11+), $10/child and reservations are required

Learn the Christmas legends and traditions of Zoar like the broomstick tree and the clay horn. See the buildings decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy Christmas carols played on the organ in the original Meeting House — now the Zoar United Church of Christ.

Cost is $10 per person. Children under 12 receive free admission. Tours are by appointment only, so call to make reservations and to add an authentic German lunch to your day!

School Programs

Visit our Learning page for information about our School Programs, Outreach Programs, Homeschool Days and Camps.

More Visitor Information

Places to Eat

Canal Street Diner

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual family setting.

Sublime Smoke

Serving deep, bold flavors of BBQ with the area's finest craft beer menu.

Towpath Tavern

Serving fun, food, and drink in a welcoming historical tavern.

Donnie's Tavern

Serving a casual fine dining menu this Chef driven tavern is dedicated to the memory of the owner's son Donovan.

Simply Cinnamon

Serving soups, sandwiches, salads, specialty coffees, and homemade pastries.

Lockport Brewery

Serving high-quality craft beer, delicious menu items, and a fun, community-centric environment.

Other Places to Eat

Number 1 Kitchen, Bolivar Pizza, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Subway, Zoar Market

Places to Stay

The Cobbler Shop Bed & Breakfast & Antique Shop

Beautifully-restored 19th century Zoar home is decorated with antiques dating back to 1828.

The Keeping Room Bed & Breakfast & Antique Shop

Victorian-themed inn located in the historic Zoar Treasurer’s House.

Historic School Master’s Home

Historic Zoar property offering a place to unwind for a weekend away.

The Farmhouse by Zoar

Experience the country life and all it has to offer in this historic farmhouse minutes away from historic Zoar.

Zoar Gästehaus zum Stern

Located in Historic Zoar Village on the site of one of the original barns of the Society of Separatists of Zoar.

Other Places to Stay

Sleep Inn

Hotel located close to Interstate 77 – just a mile from Zoar and 10 minutes from Ohio’s Amish Country.

The Garver House B & B

Quaint foursquare colonial built in 1902 located just off of Interstate 77 - request the Zoar Village room!

Ramada Limited

Pet friendly hotel near Warthers Museum, Historic Zoar Village, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame with indoor pool.

Shopping

Zoar Store & Visitor’s Center

Visit or store in-person when you visit the village or shop online.

Assembly House Antiques

Offering fine antiques and collectibles.
Tel: 330.754.9974

Stars of Zoar Artisan Co-op

Homemade and handspun items from local artisans.

The Cobbler Shop Bed & Breakfast

Offering fine antiques and collectibles.

The Keeping Room Antiques in the Wash House

Featuring Country and Primitive Antiques.

Zoar Market

Open seven days a week, offering deli meats, snacks and produce.
Tel: 330.874.2421

Local Attractions

Zoar Wetland Arboretum

Natural wetland ecosystem with a 30-acre marsh and 50 acres of woodland. Includes walking trails, a picnic pavilion, and occasional educational programs.

Canal Lands Park/Zoar Trailhead

Located at 5 Dover-Zoar Rd., Zoar, Ohio, 44697. Links Zoar to 110 miles of Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trails extending to Cleveland. Hikers, cyclists and horses welcome.

Fort Laurens

Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort. Site features a museum, special events, a towpath trailhead, and picnic pavilions. Museum is open May 1 – Oct. 31, Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5.

NTR Canoe Livery

Providing memorable eco-adventures on the Tuscarawas River.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Multi-use trail system running from Cleveland to Dover.

Other Destinations

Many visitors combine a day in Zoar with visits to these other fine destinations:

North

Stark County – Canton, Ohio

The birthplace of President William McKinley features his National Memorial, the National First Ladies’ Library, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and so much more.
South

Tuscarawas County – Dover & New Philadelphia, Ohio

Tuscarawas County is home to the Trumpet in the Land outdoor amphitheater and Warther’s Museum, which houses the magnificent works of master carver Ernest “Mooney” Warther. Small communities throughout the country feature quaint wineries, museums and attractions.
East

Carroll County – Carrollton, Ohio

Visitors can explore the historic Algonquin Mill and the McCook House Civil War Museum, or opt for some down time at Atwood Lake Park.

Harrison County – Cadiz, Ohio

The rolling hills of Harrison county features the birthplaces of General Custer and actor Clark Gable. Tappan Lake offers camping, boating and recreational areas.
West

Holmes County – Millersburg, Ohio

From shopping Main Street in Berlin to cultural experiences like the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, there is something for everyone in Ohio’s Amish County.

Coshocton County – Coshocton, Ohio

Historic Roscoe Village offers a glimpse into another 1800s canal town. Visitors can also stop for a wine tasting at one of the several wineries near Newcomerstown.
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