Tweet The following is a guest post by Sam at Have Sippy Will Travel.
Why would anyone want to destroy a historic German settlement in Ohio? Our federal government, that's who. Zoar was founded in 1817 by German religious separatists to set up a communal society in a new way of life. Zoar is unique in the way it is preserved. A walk around Zoar is like stepping into a time machine. Everything is pristine, and you will be taking a stroll though our history.
historic Zoar- we checked out a metal-working shop, amazing gardens, a bakery, a tin shop where the town's cups, bowls, etc were made. We saw the actual artifacts that the residents used, and were led on a tour by a descendant of the people of Zoar- her father had lived and worked there all his life. A quiet, hardworking, unassuming people who came to America for a better life and an opportunity for their families, they were often separated from each other for months and years at a time trying to pay back the loan from the land.
more of our photos from our trip to Zoar here- and let me tell you, fall is a great time to visit.
These people wasted nothing- and especially not time- and did not have easy lives. These German separatists, mostly farmers, were persecuted in their own land and came here to live and work freely. Zoar is a living, breathing testament to the American dream and the values that we claim to hold dear. As a young country, it would be a shame to allow a historical settlement to be flooded- we may not have the history that England or Spain does, but that doesn't mean it is not just as important. Here is where your hand is needed.
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