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2017 will be filled with unique activities as our two historic sites observe anniversaries.

Fort Laurens offers a salute to 100 years as a state memorial in August; and the historic village of Zoar will fill out the year with multiple events celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding by German Separatists in 1817.

Fort LaurensFort Laurens commemorates 100 years as a state memorial with a Centennial Celebration on August 12, 2017. 

Throughout the day, enjoy tours of the museum and grounds, speakers in the auditorium, nature and history walks along the towpath and much more. Families are welcome to participate in canal boat races, colonial kids games and crafts, as well as a Dressed for Battle timeline where visitors can interact with soldiers from American conflicts from the Revolutionary War through World War I. As a way of thanking the community for a great 100 years, this entire event is FREE! The Centennial Celebration will run from 10:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Historic Zoar Bicentennial Special Events

In addition to regular events such as the monthly speaker series, DogFest (June), Harvest Festival (July), Civil War Reenactment (September), Ghost Tours (October), and Christmas in Zoar (December); the historic village of Zoar kicks off its Bicentennial with “Bicentennial Sounds” on March 26th – a reception and concert for Zoar Village. The Zoar site is partnering with the Philharmonic to bring you an afternoon of music, food and objects from Historic Zoar’s collection. A cash bar, dessert bar and appetizers will be served. Immediately following the event, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic will be performing “Violin and Vocal Virtuosity.”

Tickets ($70/pp) for the Gala and concert are required. Please note that this event is located at the Performing Arts Center at the Kent State University- Tuscarawas Campus located at 330 University Dr NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

To purchase tickets please visit: or call the box office at the Performing Arts Center at 330-308-6400 (M-F 9:00-5:00 & Sat 10:00-2:00)

Zoar Hotel photo by Holly ThouveninZoar Hotel Tours

Last year the first tours in over a decade inside the historic Zoar Hotel were held. On April 7, 8, 9, 21, 22 and 23 the opportunity to view the 1933 interior will be held again. Reservations are required for both weekends. Starting March 20, 2017, reservations can be made by calling (330) 874-3011. This guided tour will cover all three floors and the long history of the building. The cost of the tour is $3 per person.


BimelerOn May 20th, celebrate the coming of Spring with a traditional German Maifest! New for Zoar’s Bicentennial Celebration, Maifest will include German food and drink, games, make-and-take art projects, and a Maypole.

The grand-opening of the restored Bimeler House, which will feature the Bimeler Art Gallery, will occur during the weekend. In 2017, the Bimeler Gallery will highlight artworks of Zoar by the Cleveland School of Artists, including works by August Biehle. Other exhibits in the gallery will feature Zoar decorative arts and artworks done by the Zoar artist.


HeimatfestVisit Historic Zoar October 5-8 for a festival of history, culture, and coming home. New for Zoar’s Bicentennial Celebration, the festival will include activities celebrating the legacy and history of the Separatist Society of Zoar. Throughout the week, enjoy speakers, a photo collection of Zoar’s heritage, German music, and more. Zoar descendent Eleanor Sullivan will premier her play on Zoar history, and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic will dedicate a concert to Zoar.

For additional information on these and other history programs, visit or