Historic Zoar Village
198 Main St.
Zoar, Ohio 44697
Zoar Village was founded as a communal society in 1817 by a group of 200 German religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists of Zoar seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. These Separatists thought that the church should be simple and bereft of all ceremony; they emphasized a mystical and direct relationship with God. They thrived as a unique Society for more than 80 years, from 1819 to 1898, making Zoar Village one of the most successful communal settlements in American history. Today, Zoar Village is made up of approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to the present. Visitors can tour the museums, see early American architecture, including two schools, take a walk in Zoar’s big public garden, and enjoy the quaint village scenery.
The Zoar School Inn Bed & Breakfast, 160 3rd Street, Zoar, OH, located between Main and Foltz Streets, on the south side of Third St., was originally a one-story 2 room school house built in 1836. At the age of six, children were sent to school where they were taught from texts of a religious nature, although later McGuffey Readers were used. Both German and English were taught to the children. German was their mother tongue, and they were not to forget it. When a new brick school was built in 1868, the First School house become a family residence with the house number 13. Years later an addition complete with rathskeller and a second floor were added. It is now a privately owned bed and breakfast, consisting of four private bedrooms with bath in suite that have been decorated for patrons’ pleasure and comfort.