Museums & Historic Sites

Tuscarawas County’s small towns boast the biggest stories in Ohio. From our nation’s early history and Revolutionary War to the Industrial Revolution and World Wars I and II, you’ll find history every where you turn in our museums and historic sites.

Bolivar/Zoar Area

Elizabeth’s Dollhouse Museum (Located inside the Wilkshire Banquet Center)

474 Jeanne Anne Lane, Bolivar, Ohio 44612
Phone: (330) 447-9710

Details: Elizabeth’s Dollhouse Museum houses a collection that spans 25 years and 50 dollhouses.

Hours:
Open to individuals and groups anytime by appointment.

Admission:
Call for appointment pricing and fees.

Fort Laurens State MemorialFort Laurens

Mailing Address: 124 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Physical Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Road NW, Bolivar, Ohio 44612
Phone: (330) 874-2059 or (800) 283-8914
Web: http://www.fortlaurens.org/

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.639307, W81.457315
Degrees, Minutes – N4038.3584, W8127.4389

Details: Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort was built in 1778 at Fort Laurens. Today, a museum contains an audio-visual presentation, artifacts from the fort’s excavation and examples of weapons and uniforms used there. Visitors can also see the outline of where the fort once stood, and the Tomb of the Unknown American Patriot, a crypt containing the remains of 21 soldiers that died defending the fort. The museum grounds also include a picnic area, and a covered pavilion available for rental. This site is managed by the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau through an agreement with the Ohio Historical Society.

Hours:
May-August Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
September-October Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Admission: $3 Adults, $1 Students; All veterans and active military personnel free.

Historic Zoar VillageHistoric Zoar Village

Mailing Address: PO Box 621, Zoar, Ohio 44697
Physical Address: 198 Main Street, Zoar, Ohio 44697
Phone: (330) 874-3011 or (800) 262-6195
Web: www.ohiohistory.org/places/zoar; www.zca.org

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.6141, W81.4225
Degrees, Minutes – N4036.846, W8125.35

Details:
Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by a group of German Separatists seeking religious freedom. In 1819, to survive and pay for their land, they formed the Society of Separatists of Zoar, a Christian Communal Society. Due to pressures from the outside world, it disbanded in 1898. Today, visitors can revisit the 19th Century at this German-style village. The historic district abounds with restored private homes, shops, and ten buildings open to tour by the Zoar Community Association through an agreement with the Ohio Historical Society. Specialty group tours, bus tours, luncheons and dinners in historic buildings available.

Hours:

Zoar Store & Visitors Center -
March: Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
April-December: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Zoar Village Historical Site -
April-May: Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm
June-September: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
October: Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm

Admission:

Zoar Store & Visitors Center – Free
Zoar Village Historic Site -
Self Guided Tour – Adults $4, Children (12+) $2
Guided Tour  – Adults $8, Children (12+) $4, OHS & ZCA Members Free, School Groups $3 per student


Dover Area

American Gas Pump Heaven Museum

99 North Tuscarawas Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622
Phone: (330) 343-6883

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.5183536, W81.4770431
Degrees, Minutes – N4031.1012, W8128.6226

Details: Home to Americana and automobilia. Fifty vintage gas pumps with Coca-Cola, pop culture, and gas station memorabilia.

Hours:
Anytime by appointment

Admission:
Adults $5

Auman Museum of Television & RadioAuman Museum of Radio & Television

215 North Tuscarawas Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622
Phone: (330) 364-1058
Web: www.aumantvmuseum.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.519504, W81.478368
Degrees, Minutes – N4031.17024, W8128.70208

Details: Take a look into history and enjoy the sights and sounds of years gone by as you experience two of our greatest pasttimes, radio and television, from their beginnings. The museum has on display mechanical televisions from the 1920′s and 30′s, a 1939 RCA TV from the New York World’s Fair, Marconi’s first TV from 1938, the first color TV (1954) and many, many more. Our visitors can view many games, toys and comic books relating tot he very early shows of the 1940′s and 50′s, along with props from movies and TV shows. Memorabilia from early Cleveland TV includes Dick Goddard’s first weather gauges and posters of the Gene Carroll show. Relive your memories as you view scenes from various vintage shows. Bus tours are welcomed.

Hours:
Anytime by appointment

Admission:
Adults $5

J.E. Reeves Victorian HomeJ.E. Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum

325 East Iron Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622
Phone: (330) 343-7040 or (800) 815-2794
Web: www.doverhistory.org

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.515560, W81.463617
Degrees, Minutes – N4030.9336, W8127.8170

Details: Step back into the elegance of the late 19th Century by visiting the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum. This opulent mansion, the former home of prominent Dover industrialist, Jeremiah E. Reeves, has been restored by the Dover Historical Society. The 17-room home, topped by a third-floor ballroom, has been carefully restored to its original splendor. This lovely mansion features the unique treasure of containing all of the original furniture and antiques that were the property of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Reeves – all of which are arranged as they would have been 100 years ago. Visitors to the home acquire the feeling that the Reeves Family has just stepped out of the home. The beautiful family furniture and decorative objects can be viewed up close, as there are no ropes or barriers prohibiting your entrance into the rooms. Adjacent to the Home is the Carriage House Museum, which contains an interesting collection of vehicles, including a handsome horse-drawn carriage, the Reeves Family sleigh, a rare 1922 Rauch and Lang electric car, and a doctor’s buggy. Throughout the Carriage House are special display areas which include records, photographs, local products, and mementos tracing the events of Dover’s past. A gift shop is also available.

Hours:
June through October – Wednesday through Sunday Noon-4pm
November 11-December 22 – Daily 1pm-7pm

Admission:
Adults $7, Students (K-12) $3. Groups and Seniors $6.

Toland Herzig Famous Endings MuseumToland Herzig Funeral Home – Famous Final Endings

803 North Wooster Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622
Phone: (330) 343-6132
Web: www.tolandherzig.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.527311, W81.480539
Degrees, Minutes – N4031.63866, W8128.83234

Details: A great collection for all who yearn for a last glimpse of their favorite actor of sport star. This memorabilia display has a large collection of memrorial folders, mourning vests and ribbons from such notables as Ed Bradley, Roy Rogers and Houdini.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, or Anytime By Appointment

Warther CarvingsWarther Carvings & Gardens

331 Karl Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622
Phone: (330) 343-7513
Web: www.warthers.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.525267, W81.487386
Degrees, Minutes – N4031.5160, W8129.2432

Details: Truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit. Along with incredible carvings done by the World’s Master Carver, Ernest “Mooney” Warther, you will enjoy beautiful Swiss gardens, Freida Warther’s Button House of 73,000 buttons, and the Warther Family Home. Warther’s is also home to a 5,000 point arrowhead collection, a working knife shop, and a gift shop featuring the exclusive Warther’s cutlery. Ernest Warther carved steam engines made of ebony and ivory that are considered the World’s finest. The tour also includes an animated replica of the steel mill where Warther once worked, the famous pliers tree and an eight-foot carving of the Lincoln Funeral Train – the largest ivory carving in the world with over 11,000 pieces carved out of solid ivory.

Hours:
Daily 9am-5pm (Last Tour Begins at 4pm)
Closed Sundays in January

Admission:
Adults $13, Children $8


Sugarcreek/Amish Country Area

Alpine Hills Museum & Sugarcreek Information CenterAlpine Hills Historical Museum & Sugarcreek Information Center

Mailing Address: PO Box 293, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Physical Address: 106 West Main Street, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Phone: (330) 852-4113 or (888) 609-7592
Web: www.villageofsugarcreek.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.503038, W81.641251
Degrees, Minutes – N4030.18228, W8138.47506

Details: Features three floors of audio-visual displays of Sugarcreek’s Swiss, German and Amish heritage. Local area and Ohio Swiss Festival information available.

Hours:
April through November – Monday through Saturday 9am-4:30pm

Admission:
Suggested Donation of $2 per Student or Adult, Children Under 6: Free

Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center

Mailing Address: PO Box 324, Berlin, Ohio 44610
Physical Address: 5798 County Road 77, Berlin, Ohio 44610
Phone: (330) 893-3192 or (877) 858-4634
Web: www.behalt.com

Details: Home of the 265-foot cyclorama, “Behalt,” created by the late internationally-known artist, Heinz Gaugel. The mural tells the story of the Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite people. In addition, a video presentation of the Amish and Mennonite community orients your visit to the area. A bookstore and gift shop offers cards, crafts and books about Amish and Mennonite people. Amish education is presented in a one-room, pre-Civil War era schoolhouse. The Pioneer Barn houses a restored Conestoga Wagon that brought early settlers to Holmes County.

Hours:
November-May – Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm
June-October – Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-8pm

Admission:
Adults $8.50, Children (6-12) $4.25, Children Under 6 Free
Senior and AAA Discounts Available

Baltic Mills

Mailing Address: PO Box 55, Baltic, Ohio 43804
Physical Address: 111 Main Street, Baltic, Ohio 43804
Phone: (330) 897-0522

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.440163, W81.703305
Degrees, Minutes – N4026.40978, W8142.1983

Details: The Miller Family has renovated the mill as a large bulk foods store where you can purchase special cornmeal, fresh stone-ground flour, and whole grain products. One end of the Mill is an unusual gift shop with Amish crafted items, as well as baskets, wreath and flower arrangements, birdhouses, and feeders.

Hours:
Monday through Thursday 9am-6pm; Friday-Saturday 9am-7pm

Admission:
Free

Baltic Area Historical Society Museum

Mailing Address: PO Box 40, Baltic, Ohio 43804
Physical Address: State Route 93, Baltic, Ohio 43804
Phone: (330) 897-7794
Web: www.balticohio.com/bhs.htm

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.4446107, W81.7001623
Degrees, Minutes – N4026.6766, W8142.0097

Details: Three historic buildings showcasing the history of the village of Baltic, once known as Rowville.

Collector’s Decanters & Steins

Mailing Address: PO Box 473, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Physical Address: 119 East Main Street, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Phone: (330) 852-9191
Web: www.collectorsdecanterssteins.com

GPS Information:
Degrees:N40.50273, W81.640143
Degrees, Minutes: N4030.16338, W8138.40858

Details: Ohio’s largest collection of decanters and steins. Visit our premier decanter museum, featuring nearly 3,000 decanters. Also, there are 80 different brands of decanters including Ski Country, Jim Beam, Ezra Brooks, Lionstone, McCormick, Kontinental, Wild Turkey, Grenadier, Hoffman…And More.

Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Admission:
$5, but refunded with $25 minimum purchase

The Farm at Walnut Creek

Address: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek (Walnut Creek), Ohio 44681
Phone: (330) 893-4200
Web: www.thefarmatwalnutcreek.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.5224871, W81.7331328
Degrees, Minutes – N4031.3492, W8143.988

Details: Tucked in the rolling hills of Ohio’s Amish Country, The Farm at Walnut Creek offers a peaceful way to enjoy a taste of life here in Holmes County, Ohio. Experience feeding the exotic animals (my favorite is the giraffes) or simply kick back on the porch of the farm house and watch life happen at a slower pace.

Hours:
Monday-Saturday 8:30am – One hour before sunset; Closed Sundays

Admission:
Adults $11.75, Seniors and Children (2-12) $8.75
Wagon Ride with Feed available for additional $5 per adult and $3 per senior or child

John S. Yoder Home

Mailing Address: PO Box 704, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Physical Address: 116 Andreas Drive, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681 (Behind Beachy’s Country Chalet Restaruant)
Phone: (330) 852-4644

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.499190, W81.635910
Degrees, Minutes – N4029.9514, W8138.1546

Details: An authentic Amish home built in 1869. Find answers to your questions about the Amish lifestyle.

Hours:
May through October – Friday and Saturday Noon-5pm

Admission:
Donation

Ragersville Historical Society

Mailing Address: 2238 Ragersville Road SW, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Physical Address: 8800 Crooked Run Road SW, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
Phone: (330) 897-9204

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.452528, W81.630175
Degrees, Minutes – N4027.1517, W8137.8105

Yoder’s Amish Home

Address: 6050 State Route 515, Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Phone: (330) 893-2541
Web: www.yodersamishhome.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.5707639, W81.71392
Degrees, Minutes – N4034.2458, W8142.8352

Details: Friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you on conducted tours through the two houses and a barn full of farm animals. The history and customs of the Amish faith will be explained.

Hours:
April through October Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Admission:
Tour Only – Adults $7, Children (2-12) $4
Buggy Rides – Adults $4, Children (2-12) $3


New Philadelphia Area

Historic Schoenbrunn VillageHistoric Schoenbrunn Village

Mailing Address: PO Box 11, Dennison, Ohio 44621
Physical Address: 1984 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Phone: (330) 663-6610 or (877) 278-8020
Web: www.ohiosfirstvillage.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.466697, W81.413145
Degrees, Minutes – N4028.0018, W8124.7887

Details: Founded in 1772 as a Moravian mission, the village is reconstructed to appear as it did over 200 years ago. As the Moravian missionaries, led by David Zeisberger, spread education and Christianity throughout the region, the Christian Indian population of Schoenbrunn Village grew. Crops, the tending of livestock, hunting and craftwork in addition to schoolwork and religious teachings made up a day in the life of a Schoenbrunn resident or visitor. David Zeisberger’s grave may also be visited nearby in Goshen on State Route 416. Goshen was a mission village founded after Schoenbrunn. Today, 17 reconstructed log cabins, the original cemetery, and 2 acres of planted fields are available to tour. This site is managed by the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum through an agreement with the Ohio Historical Society.

Hours:
Memorial Day through Labor Day (Closed July 4) Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm;
September-October Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm

Admission:
Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children $4; Ohio Historical Society Members Free


Dennison/Uhrichsville Area

Dreamsville USA – Dennison & Uhrichsville, Ohio

www.dennisondepot.org

Dennison Railroad Depot MuseumDennison Railroad Depot Museum

Mailing Address: PO Box 11, Dennison, Ohio 44621
Physical Address: 400 Center Street, Dennison, Ohio 44621
Phone: (740) 922-6776 or (877) 278-8020
Web: www.dennisondepot.org

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.392063, W81.332719
Degrees, Minutes – N4023.52378, W8119.96314

Details: The Dennison Depot was the site of a famous WWII Servicemen’s Canteen that served 1.5 million GI’s, and was nicknamed “Dreamsville.” The restored 1873 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot now houses a museum with exhibits that fill the original Women’s Waiting Room, baggage room, ticket office, and Railway Express building. Displays feature local history such as the baptism of Hollywood Film Star, Clark Gable, the Pennsylvania Railroad Baseball Teams, which George W. Bush’s Great-Grandfather, Samuel Prescott Bush played, a large N-scale model railroad layout depicting the town of Dennison, clay artifacts from when the area was the clay capitol of the county and of course, railroad and canteen artifacts. The Depot stands exactly 100 miles from Columbus and Pittsburgh, and is located specifically at that point because a steam engine could only go 100 miles before requiring water. At its peak, the Dennison Yards were considered to be the most complete and extensive in the country. In addition to the Museum, the “Trax Diner” features family dining and the “Whistle Stop Railroad Shop” features unique gifts for train enthusiasts of any age and 1940 and WWII memorabilia.

Hours:
Open Year Round – Tuesday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

Admission:
Adults $8, Seniors and College Students $6, Children (7-17) $4

Gnadenhutten Museum & Historical Park

Mailing Address: 156 Spring Street, Gnadenhutten, Ohio 44629
Physical Address: 352 South Cherry Street, Gnadenhutten, Ohio 44629
Phone: (740) 254-4143
Web: http://gnaden.tusco.net/history/museum.htm

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.355331, W81.435302
Degrees, Minutes – N4021.3199, W8126.1181

Details: Gnadenhutten, Ohio’s oldest existing settlement, prospered until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War when the Indians were driven from their homes. In February 1782, they were allowed to return to their village. On March 8, 1782, following a night of hymn singing and prayer, 90 men, women and children were massacred and all of the cabins were set on fire by the Pennsylvania Militia. Today, a museum, mass grave and monument, and two reconstructed log buildings commemorate this tragic event. In 1798, the village was re-established as a white settlement. A 35-foot monument was erected on the grounds of the Historical Park. The museum houses artifacts as well as an extensive arrowhead collection.

Hours:
June 1- August 31 Tuesday-Friday & Sunday 1pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm
May, September & October Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Also Open by appointment – Please Call Ahead

Admission:
Free-will Donations Appreciated

Uhrichsville Clay Museum

330 North Main Street, Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683
Phone: (740) 922-5455

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.391498, W81.345180
Degrees, Minutes – N4023.48988, W8120.7108

Details: The new Uhrichsville Clay Museum shares the incredible story of when Uhrichsville was known as the Clay Capital of the World with over 30 Clay Manufactures. The Museum offers two floors with rare folk art created by clay workers in their spare time, unique pipes and tools, miniature salesmen samples, and much more. Visit the Clay Workers’ Theatre to hear the living history of some of the men who say when clay was king and stop by the Museum gift shop for some one-of-a-kind gift souvenirs.

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm

Admission:
Adults $3, Seniors, $2, Children $1


Newcomerstown Area

Historic Roscoe Village

600 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812
Phone: (740) 622-9310 or (800) 877-1830
Web: www.roscoevillage.com

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.2809351, W81.8758005
Degrees, Minutes – N4016.856106, W8152.54803

Details: A beautifully restored 1830′s canal-era village offering living history tours with costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, quaint shops, casual dining, the Montecello III Canal Boat, and the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.

Olde Main Street Museum & Social Center

Mailing Address: PO Box 443, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43832
Physical Address: 213 West Canal Street, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43832
Phone: (740) 498-7735

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.2755912, W81.6041510
Degrees, Minutes – N4016.535472, W8136.24906

Hours:
Memorial Day-Labor Day Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday & Holidays 1pm-4pm

Admission:
Adults $3

Temperance Tavern Museum

Mailing Address: PO Box 443, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43832
Physical Address: 221 West Canal Street, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43832
Phone: (740) 498-7735

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.274446, W81.608944
Degrees, Minutes – N4016.4668, W8136.5366

Details: The Temperance Tavern Museum was once a stopover for travelers on the Ohio & Erie Canal or on local stagecoach routes. Built in 1841, its displays include items from such famous native sons as baseball pitcher Cy Young and Ohio State Football Coach Woody Hayes.

Hours:
Memorial Day through Labor Day – Tuesday through Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm

Admission:
Adults $3, Seniors $2, Children (5-11) $1

Union Hall

Mailing Address: PO Box 12, Port Washington, Ohio 43837
Physical Address: 109 East Main Street, Port Washington, Ohio 43837
Phone: (740) 498-8597

GPS Information:
Degrees – N40.328150, W81.518707
Degrees, Minutes – N4019.689, W8131.12242

Details:
Former town hall for the Village of Port Washington. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hours:
Open by Appointment

Admission:
Donations