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Zoar 1817

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Zoar was founded by the German religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists of Zoar in 1817 as a communal society.
They contracted to buy a 5,500 acre tract of land along the Tuscarawas River.

The first cabin in the new village was completed by December 1, 1817.
The Village grew. Crops flourished and cattle and sheep farming prospered. New houses and shops were built.






The Tuscarawas River powered a saw mill, flour mill, planning mill, and woolen mil. Brick and rope making developed as local industries.
By the mid 1830's, Zoar was self-sustaining.

The Zoarites were contracted to build a portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal that crossed their land.
Zoar Village 1817
Zoar,Ohio
Courtney Bowling
Ohio History Connection.(n.d.).
Retrieved November 11,2014,
form http://www.ohiohistory.org
A group of German Separatists left southeastern Germany to escape persecution for their religious beliefs.
A group of pioneers came to Ohio and founded Zoar Village one of the most notable experiments in communal living on our nation's history.

The leader of the group was Joseph Baumeler.

The settlers called the new community Zoar, meaning " a sanctuary from evil."
The religious beliefs shown in the Zoar garden design bound the villagers together.
When the leader, Joseph Baumeler died in 1853, the society never recovered.
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Zoar is still around today. It is a quiet oasis away from modern life.






Zoar retains the simplicity and charm with which it was endowed by its settlers.
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