Historical sites & Museums within the Tuscarawas Valley
Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by a group of 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.
Dennison Depot was the site of a famous WWII Servicemen's Canteen that served 1.5 million GI's, and was nicknamed "Dreamsville." The restored 1873 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot now houses a museum with exhibits that fill the original Women's Waiting Room, baggage room, ticket office, and Railway Express building.
The Warther Museum is dedicated to Ernest “Mooney” Warther, the world’s master carver. Learn about America’s unknown genius and how he lived his life and philosophies. We have guided tours that lead you through the museum and explain how he created the carvings as well as his life story. The Warther home is open to view as we took it back to the 1920s era to show you what their home would look like during that time. Browse through our gardens and check out the Button House where Freida, Mooney’s wife, collected and mounted over 73,000 buttons. Tours run continuously throughout the day and the last guided tour will begin around 3:45PM each day.
Details: The Temperance Tavern Museum was once a stopover for travellers on the Ohio & Erie Canal or on local stagecoach routes. Built in 1841, its displays include items from such famous native sons as baseball pitcher Cy Young and Ohio State Football Coach Woody Hayes.
Gnadenhutten, Ohio's oldest existing settlement, prospered until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War when the Indians were driven from their homes. In February 1782, they were allowed to return to their village. On March 8, 1782, following a night of hymn singing and prayer, 90 men, women and children were massacred and all of the cabins were set on fire by the Pennsylvania Militia. Today, a museum, mass grave and monument, and two reconstructed log buildings commemorate this tragic event. In 1798, the village was re-established as a white settlement. A 35-foot monument was erected on the grounds of the Historical Park. The museum houses artifacts as well as an extensive arrowhead collection.
Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort was built in 1778 at Fort Laurens. Today, a museum contains an audio-visual presentation, artifacts from the fort's excavation and examples of weapons and uniforms used there. Visitors can also see the outline of where the fort once stood, and the Tomb of the Unknown American Patriot, a crypt containing the remains of 21 soldiers that died defending the fort. The museum grounds also include a picnic area, and a covered pavilion available for rental. This site is managed by the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau through an agreement with the Ohio Historical Society.
Take a look into history and enjoy the sights and sounds of years gone by as you experience two of our greatest pasttimes, radio and television, from their beginnings. The museum has on display mechanical televisions from the 1920's and 30's, a 1939 RCA TV from the New York World's Fair, Marconi's first TV from 1938, the first color TV (1954) and many, many more. Our visitors can view many games, toys and comic books relating tot he very early shows of the 1940's and 50's, along with props from movies and TV shows. Memorabilia from early Cleveland TV includes Dick Goddard's first weather gauges and posters of the Gene Carroll show. Relive your memories as you view scenes from various vintage shows. Bus tours are welcomed.
Step back into the elegance of the late 19th Century by visiting the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum. This opulent mansion, the former home of prominent Dover industrialist, Jeremiah E. Reeves, has been restored by the Dover Historical Society. The 17-room home, topped by a third-floor ballroom, has been carefully restored to its original splendor.