In 1817, German immigrants founded this communal village. To pay for their land, they hand-dug a 7-mile stretch of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Many homes are privately owned, but several buildings are open for tours.
Zoar historic home.

What to do

Ohio Historical Society Walking Tours Costumed guides greet visitors on self-guided tours of town April–October. (800) 262-6195;

Historic Zoar Bakery Buy fresh breads and cookies made from old German recipes at this all-volunteer store. Saturdays and Sundays. (800) 262-6195

Town Hall Museum This fascinating spot feels like Grandma's attic with photos on every inch of the wall and cases crammed with Bibles, tools and maps. (800) 262-6195;

Where to eat

Firehouse Grille and Pub A pleasant setting and a large menu await; try chicken nachos or the huge club sandwich. (330) 874-2170;

Where to stay

Cobbler Shop Bed and Breakfast Relax on the porch at this retreat in an 1828 cobbler shop. (330) 874-2600;

For information: Zoar Village (800) 262-6195;