A Maypole awaits visitors to this Saturday's Maifest celebration at Historic Zoar Village. (Historic Zoar Village)

ZOAR – People can enjoy all that Historic Zoar has to offer this Saturday for the cost of admission to the village's Maifest celebration.

The National Landmark Historic District will be offering museum free tours this Saturday with regular admission to the traditional German festival of spring. 

The museums tell the story of the German religious Separatists who founded the village in 1817 having fled religious persecution by the church in Wurttemberg, Germany. From the Number One House to the Blacksmith Shop to the Bakery, costumed tour guides provide visitors with the colorful history of one of the nation’s longest lasting communal settlements. Tours typically cost $10 for adults.

Maifest is co-sponsored by the Bolivar-Zoar Rotary Club and will feature German foods, beers, live music, games, dancing, and a German car show. Festival admission is $5 for adults and teens ages 13 and over and free for children 12 and under. 

In addition to a food tent and beer garden featuring German food and craft beers, activities will include music by German bands and choirs, German dancing, a Maypole, games and art projects for kids, a Western Reserve Carriage Association parade, two free guest speakers, artists painting throughout the village and a German car show until 2:30 pm. Event proceeds will go toward the preservation of Historic Zoar Village. For more information, call 330-874-3011.

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 historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and listed 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.  

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