• Village of Zoar Named a National Historic Landmark

    November 2, 2016

    Village of Zoar

    photo by: Andy Donaldson

    Exciting news from the Department of the Interior (DOI) for one of our National Treasures: The Village of Zoar in Ohio has been named a National Historic Landmark (NHL). From the press release:

    "The Zoar Historic District expands the understanding of communal utopian societies in 19th-century America by representing a significant and distinctive community reflecting the traditional landscape design, architecture, and way of life inherent in the Society of Separatist’s world view and beliefs."

    National Historic Landmarks are designated by the Secretary of the Interior to "[recognize] historic properties of exceptional value to the nation. Nine other sites — including Man Mound in Wisconsin, St. Bartholomew's Church and Community House in New York City, and Ames Monument in Wyoming — were also named to the list of NHLs today.

    Learn more via the complete DOI release: Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis Announce 10 New National Historic Landmarks Illustrating America's Diverse History, Culture

  • Zoar Closer to National Historic Landmark Status

    November 19, 2015

    Earlier this month, the Village of Zoar moved one step closer to being designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service recommended approval of Zoar’s NHL nomination. It now goes to the NPS Advisory Board, with a final decision expected next spring. This designation would be a long-overdue recognition of the Village of Zoar’s significance as one of America’s most important and influential utopian communal societies. The National Trust wrote a letter of support for the NHL nomination and looks forward to celebrating the Village’s designation next spring, fingers crossed!

  • Zoar Brewery Foundations Uncovered

    March 25, 2015

    Exciting news for the Village of Zoar – the long-buried foundation and cellar of the former Zoar Brewery is being uncovered and will be a focal point of a new pavilion at Zoar Wetland and Arboretum. The work is being made possible by an $85,600 grant from the Timken Foundation to the Earth Action Partnership, which owns and manages the Zoar Wetland.

    According to the Historic Property Baseline Study produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Zoar Brewery was built in 1832 and provided beer and cider for town residents, made from ingredients produced in Zoar. It operated until 1901, was converted into a dance hall in the 1920s, and burned in the 1950s. The new pavilion will greatly enhance the visitor experience at Zoar Lake and will include an interpretive display about the brewery’s history.

  • Village of Zoar featured in Forum Journal

    February 5, 2015

    The Village of Zoar is featured in the National Trust’s winter volume of Forum Journal, released today. The article tells the story of the National Trust’s involvement in the effort to save Zoar from inundation or relocation.

    The great partnership between the Trust and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is highlighted as an example for other communities that may be working with this federal agency on issues impacting historic resources.

    If you are a National Trust Forum Member, you can check out the article online. And if you are not a Forum member – join today!

  • Local Residents Support Zoar Levee Proposal

    February 3, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared their plan for Village of Zoar’s levee with local residents last week, and the proposal was warmly received. Check out the news coverage in the Columbus Dispatch. The Mayor and local residents are hopeful that the proposed plan will fix the issues with Zoar levee with minimal impact on the historic village.

    The next step in the process is final approval of the Final Dam Safety Modification Report, which should happen this summer. The overall project will cost $11.5 million dollars, but construction won’t begin until funds are secured in the Army Corps budget.

    Meanwhile, the National Trust continues work on a Programmatic Agreement with the Army Corps, State Historic Preservation Office, and other consulting parties, which will guide implementation of the project, ensuring that the Corps will consider the effects of their work on Zoar’s historic character and mitigate any negative impacts.

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