A tour guide leads a walking Ghost Tour in Historic Zoar Village. (Historic Zoar Village)
ZOAR – Historic Zoar Village officials are inviting spirit seekers to learn about the town's haunted history this October during a series of special tours.
The village will be offering Ghost Tours on October 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. Site Director Tammi Shrum says there will be three different tour options this year for those who want to hear all about the ghosts of Zoar.
“We want to be able to offer a variety of choices to our guests, whether they wish to walk or take a wagon ride,” she says.
Visitors can sign up for a traditional Walking Tour of the village's museum buildings to hear tales of the paranormal handed down through the generations or experienced more recently by Zoar tour guides and staff. There's also a Haunted Wagon Ride option where visitors travel through the village on a horse-drawn wagon tour led by a volunteer "ghost guide." Also revived this year is the Tales From the Front Porch tour where guests stroll through the village, stopping at various residences to hear ghoulish tales from the people who live there.
The Haunted Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides will be offered October 18th and 19th only and leave every half hour from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Tales From the Front Porch tours are scheduled for October 25th and 26th only, leaving every half hour from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Walking Ghost Tours will be held on all four dates and leave every 15 minutes from 6:30-8:00 pm. All tours last between 45 and 60 minutes.
Advance reservations are required to participate. Seating is limited so reserving early is recommended. Due to the frightening nature of these tours, they are not recommended for small children. For more information or to make a reservation, call 330-874-3011 or 800-262-6195.
About Historic Zoar Village
Historic Zoar Village was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to present. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark District. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio History Connection.