The Christmas Tour of Homes, presented by the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County, has become a welcome tradition to kick off the holiday season.
This year’s tour will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 12 noon to 5:00 PM. Nine special homes and two unique churches are featured. The nine homes are located in Gnadenhutten, New Philadelphia, Port Washington, and Uhrichsville, and two historicchurches in Uhrichsville and Gnadenhutten.
One of four tour sites in the historic village of Gnadenhutten is theJohn Heckewelder Memorial Moravian Church. As written inCelebrating Two Hundred Years, 1800-2000, David Zeisberger and John Heckewelder established an Indian mission at Gnadenhutten on October 9, 1772. On March 8, 1782, during the American Revolutionary War, ninety Christian Indians were massacred. The site of the village has been preserved. A reconstructed cabin and cooper’s house were built there, and a monument to the dead was erected.
In the interim, though, sixteen years passed after the massacre before anyone returned to re-establish the village. On July 6, 1800, the church was organized. The first meeting house was a simple log structure that was consecrated on July 10, 1803. In 1819, a new church was built in front of the existing church with a covered walkway connecting the two buildings. Thirty-two years later, in 1898, the congregation dedicated the third church building, a brick and frame structure on South Walnut Street, and the new brick colonial-style building was dedicated on May 10, 1903. The church hosts a variety of events and services, including a special Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, which features a chancel choir, lovefeast, brass bell choir, a youth soloist, grand pipe organ, and piano music.
The Village was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November of 1970.
Tickets for the 19th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will go on sale two weeks in advance of the event at: Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at 116 Second St. NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio (Phone 330-343-5506, Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9- Noon) and Geib Funeral Center at 5600 North Wooster Ave., Dover, Ohio (Phone 330-602-5506- Mon.- Fri. 9-5, Closed Sat.); the First National Bank of Dennison at 105 Grant St., Dennison, Ohio (Phone740-922-2532- –Mon. Tues, Thurs. 9-5, Wed. and Sat. 9-Noon, and Fri. 9-5:30); and the Village Gift Shoppe, 106 N. Walnut St., Gnadenhutten, Ohio (Phone 740-254-9530).
Purchase tickets for $10 in advance. On the day of the tour, visit the homes and churches in any order you like, and purchase tickets for $15 each at your first tour stop.
Visit the Tour Website: http://www.tuschha.org/index.