Snowy street in Zoar photograph   Save
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Description: Photograph showing the Number 1 House in Zoar Village, ca. 1930, during the winter. Built in 1835 near the center of town, the Number One House is also referred to as the "King's Palace." Zoar is a small community in Tuscarawas County founded by a group of German separatists in 1817. The group's leader, Joseph Bimeler (sometimes spelled Bäumeler), decided to bring the separatists to the United States to escape persecution in their native country. The separatists chose to name their new town Zoar after the Biblical account of Lot, who escaped to Zoar from Sodom in the book of Genesis. The community of Zoar was not originally organized as a commune, but its residents had a difficult time surviving in 1818 and early 1819. As a result, on April 19, 1819, the group formed the Society of Separatists of Zoar. Each person donated his or her property to the community as a whole, and in exchange for their work, the society would provide for them. In the decades following the establishment of t View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Series6560AV_B10F012_001_001
Subjects: Zoar (Tuscarawas County, Ohio); Winter; Neighborhoods; Small towns; Houses
Places: Zoar (Ohio); Tuscarawas County (Ohio)