210 Main St.
Zoar Ohio 44697United States
Zoar's history as a commune of German separatists is well-documented in these artifact-filled museums.
Immersing yourself in Zoar's history is easy at this dual-themed museum run by the town's community association. There are thousands of photographs and artifacts covering the walls and crammed in glass cases, such much so that it feels a bit like being in your grandma's attic. Items include original Bibles, pottery, bricks, furniture, maps, quilts and various textiles. Visits begin with a nicely produced video explaining Zoar's history as a communal society founded by German separatists in 1817. The museums include artifacts from the Ohio & Erie Canal construction era, which eventually led to an influx of newcomers, cultural changes and the disbanding of the commune. The town hall was built in 1887 and housed the mayor's office and volunteer fire department with a basement stable for the fire wagon horses. Plan to spend an hour touring the hall and its museums, which are closed from January through March.