Zoar Village celebrates everyday life

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ZOAR, Ohio – Visitors to the historic Zoar German village can see how work was performed without benefit of modern conveniences July 12 and 13.

Costumed volunteer interpreters will be stationed in each of the village’s 10 museum buildings, giving visitors a glimpse of daily life in this former religious communal society.

Daily grind. The blacksmith and tinsmith will show metalworking techniques in their shops. Woodworkers in the wagon shop will demonstrate various techniques.

Zoar bread and cookies will be made at the communal Zoar bakery.

The German-style kitchen garden will provide vegetables for soup making in the kestle-ofen (kettle oven) in the Number One House Kitchen.

Volunteers there will also demonstrate sauerkraut making.

Domestics. Traditional “women’s work” will be demonstrated. Volunteers at the laundry will show old-style clothes washing methods, including ironing with “sad irons.”

Butter and cheesemaking will take place in the dairy, using ways familiar to the Zoar Separatists.

Other domestic activities may include spinning, dyeing and sewing. A display of seldom-seen Zoar clothing and textiles will be at the Bimeler Museum.

Details. Tickets are available at the Zoar Store on Main St.

Hours for the demonstrations, which may be different each day, are Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

The site will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday.

Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for students. Ohio Historical Society members are admitted free.

Zoar Village is located 3 miles southeast of Exit 93 of Interstate 77 on state Route 212, south of Canton.

For more information, call 800-874-4336.

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