I’ve been meaning to blog about this myself, but as many of Zoar Village’s buildings are among the Ohio Historical Society’s 58 sites I present to you their post on the topic. Tomorrow I’ll post pictures from my exploration of Zoar, so you can see what it looks like now.
Zoar, Ohio, has been named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places for 2012
The designation, announced June 6, includes Zoar Village State Memorial, an Ohio Historical Society site that is administered for the society by Zoar Community Association.
The historic town is threatened by measures that may be taken in response to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers analysis of Tuscarawas River dam and levee that have protected Zoar since 1936. In response to concerns about the levee’s adequacy in the wake of numerous floods over almost 80 years, the Corps is undertaking a study to determine how best to ensure that the village and its 200 residents are not harmed. The Corps is considering three options: repairing the levee, moving the village to higher ground, and acquiring and demolishing the town. The latter two scenarios place Zoar in great peril.
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