Tuscarawas Small Towns Big Stories

Tuscarawas County is filled with small towns that tell big stories. A case in point is the beautiful village of Sugarcreek, where you can dance along with the Oompah-pah band of the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, which performs at the top and bottom of each hour. Afterward, you can discover the roots of the community at the Alpine Hills Museum and marvel at the artistry of the Brick Wall Sculpture, which illustrates the tales of life in this scenic Swiss heritage village.

Bolivar’s stories go back to the construction of Fort Laurens- Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort. Learn the drastic measures the brave soldiers took to serve on the Ohio frontier at this volatile time. After taking in the history, enjoy browsing the antique shops in downtown Bolivar and feed your appetite at one of the local restaurants. If you are ready for a cold brew, stop by Lockport Brewery and enjoy a handcrafted beer.

National Historic Landmark District, Historic Zoar Village, has a big story to share with you! Known as America’s most successful Communal Society, residents began to call Zoar home in 1817 as residents arrived seeking religious freedom. Enjoy the architecture of the original brick and timber structures, the museums, the bakery, and the large garden. With special events throughout the year, you may even want to visit during one of their special event ghost tours to hear from one of the original residents!

Dover has a downtown filled with friendly merchants and locally owned diners- not to mention a hand-crafted candy store, a cupcake shop, a floral shop, and several that provide offerings for your home! When you are ready to explore, stop by Riverfront Park to swing of the artistically created swing! The museum offerings include an original Victorian Home, J. E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum; a museum sharing the life story of a master carver, the Warther Museum and Gardens; a museum mentioned in Ripley’s Believe It or Not that tells of stories of those who have passed at the Famous Endings Museums. Dover has more than enough to do for a day or a few!

Travelers looking to add to their wardrobe will enjoy the shops in downtown New Philadelphia whose merchants offer styles for the whole family. With cafes, restaurants, bookstores, and art galleries, you will enjoy this city and its many murals. Historic Schoenbrunn Village is located on the east end of the city and tells the stories of David Zeisberger and his efforts to share Christianity with Delaware Indians. The village of Gnadenhutten has a tragic story tied to Schoenbrunn Village. After you visit the museum, walk on over to the local café and browse the home accessory shop just down the block, too.

Have you traveled to Dreamsville lately? Discover Dennison and take a tour of the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum to learn about this famous song’s tie to this Tuscarawas County community and the importance of this iconic American railroad depot. While you are there, enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant.

Visit Uhrichsville and learn the tales preserved in the Uhrichsville Clay Museum, which shares pieces of folk art and stories from American industrialization. Does an afternoon at a water park sound like a cool idea? Don’t miss the Uhrichsville Water Park for a good time with the whole family!

Newcomerstown is proud to share the stories of former residents Cy Young and Woody Hayes! Visit the Olde Main Street Museum while taking a step back in time to see the collections these favorite sons have on display.

Interspersed with the small towns are grand arts adventures, farm markets, trails, rock climbing, dog parks, and ice cream. Tuscarawas County is located in the heart of Appalachian Ohio and is the gateway to Ohio’s Amish Country. You will be warmly welcomed on your next visit and exhausted from your adventures here; you will sleep comfortably in one of our many clean, comfortable lodging options!

Visit www.TravelTUSC.com, call 800-527-3387 or stop by the Welcome Center at 124 East High Ave, New Philadelphia, to learn more.

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