Historic Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by a group of over 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. These Separatists thrived as a unique society for more than 80 years making Zoar Village one of the most successful communal settlements in American history. In 2016, Zoar was designated a National Historic Landmark District.
Today, visitors to Historic Zoar Village are invited to tour up to 10 museum buildings including the Bakery, Green House, Blacksmith Shop, Town Hall Museum, and the Tin Shop to name just a few. Historical demonstrations are conducted throughout the season by costumed interpreters.
In addition to the numerous historical buildings that will be open free to the public on Museum Day, visitors will enjoy the art exhibit, "Sense of Zoar," in the Bimeler House Art Gallery. This exhibit pairs paintings of locations throughout the village with different scents for the visitor to smell, providing a unique and more in-depth sense of Zoar's history.
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