Explore this one-of-a-kind village and National Historic Landmark, settled in 1817 and home from 1819 to 1898 of a communal society of German religious dissenters. Visit restored Zoarite buildings and businesses and enjoy a walk in Zoar’s big public garden, preserved and maintained as it was in the 1800s. Stop by the Zoar Store, built in 1833—the commercial center of the 19th-century community. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours
Zoar was settled in 1817 by German religious dissenters. In 1819, they organized a communal society—the Society of Separatists of Zoar—which operated until 1898 when the group disbanded. Zoar Village is an island of old-world charm in east central Ohio. German Separatists left southeastern Germany to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The Separatists thought that the church should be simple and bereft of all ceremony; they emphasized a mystical and direct relationship with God.
Zoar Village is managed locally by the Zoar Community Association.