Zoar Village State Memorial is a 20-minute drive to yesteryear. The Zoarites were self-sufficient Germans who fled in the early 1800s to escape religious persecution.

Called the Society of Separatists of Zoar, they established a village in Tuscarawas County; all property was held communally. Village restorations by the Ohio Historical Society spotlight this, including a blacksmith’s shop, tin shop, bakery and dairy.

The Number One house (shown here) was a dormitory and is now a museum. Country items are available for purchase in the general store.

The village is south of Canton on Interstate 77. Take the Bolivar exit and turn left on Route 212 through Wilkshire Hills. Hours are Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. in May. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.

Admission to the buildings is $7 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 12. Members of the Ohio Historical Society are admitted free.

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