Zoar 2017 Bicentennial Events

Zoar 2017 Bicentennial Events

The village will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2017 with an expanded list of events, new exhibits, grand openings and even a traveling show.


Bicentennial celebrations kick off on March 26th with a gala and concert by the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, in honor of Zoar.* The event will be held at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center, and will include Zoar exhibits and interpreters, strolling musicians, appetizers, and a cash bar, followed by a presentation of Violin and Vocal Virtuosity by the Philharmonic.

Zoar Hotel Tours* return for a rare treat on April 7, 8 & 9 and 21, 22 and 23. The guided tour covers all three floors and the long history of the building. Reservations are required.

DogFest returns for a fourth year on June 10th and 11th. Look for the Buckeye Dock Dogs along with canine friendly contests and pet vendors. Tours of the village are free, but pets are asked to stay outside the historic buildings. Minimal charge for parking, but the event is free.

The Bimeler Museum reopens at last during Maifest on May 20th. Maifest is a new Zoar festival premiering in 2017, and will feature German beers, food, and speakers. It will center around the grand opening of an art gallery to be housed in the recently refurbished Bimeler Museum. The “Bimeler” was almost destroyed by floods in 2005, 2008 and 2011, and has painstakingly been brought back to life.

The entire building has been rehabilitated over the last few years, beginning with the lifting of the house and laying of a new basement and foundation. The exterior brick, once painted white, was sandblasted to remove the color and repaired. A new period porch was added, and some of the original windows and shutters were cleaned and re-applied. It is truly a stately looking building at the corner of the Zoar Garden!

Harvest Festival* changes dates and coincides with a new feature exhibit in the Number One House on July 29th and 30th, 2017. All your favorites will return with the Antique Sale and Show, juried crafters and artisans for the festival. In addition, the first floor of the Number One House will focus on the people and everyday lives of the Separatists of Zoar.

On September 9th and 10th the Battle of Antietam returns to Zoar for a Civil War Reenactment*. The entire village becomes “tent city” with civil war soldiers, their women and children camping out and reenacting life as it was in the war zone of the 1860’s. Great family friendly fun!

Celebrate the Zoar founders during the week of October 5th through 8th, 2017. The entire week centers around “Heimatfest” and will feature speakers, food, beer, a community dinner, a Separatist style church serive, a photography then and now activity, and much more.

The always popular Ghost Tours* dates for 2017 will be October 20th & 21st, and 27th & 28th.*

Christmas in Zoar* will be celebrated on December 2nd and 3rd, 2017. The old-fashioned event will help you get into the spirit of the season and get a great start on your holiday shopping! Juried artisans, food, entertainment and even horse drawn wagon rides are featured.

Zoar Community Association will introduce a pair of traveling exhibits during 2017 that will be featured around the state. If you’re unable to physically come to Zoar, these exhibits will be ideal for you. Local schools will have a chance to do some “hands-on” with a History in a Box enhancement to the exhibits.

The free Zoar Speaker Series will continue on the first Saturday of most months during 2017.

Come join in our Bicentennial Celebration!

Make your reservation for a stay in The Cobbler Shop now.

* denotes tickets will be required. Visit Historic Zoar Village for additional information.