Zoar added to endangered historic places list

4:40 PM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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ZOAR -- Those hoping to save the Village of Zoar were given a boost Wednesday when it was added to the 2012 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America

The list highlights examples of the nation's architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or damage.

The historic village founded in 1817 by German religious dissenters is located on the Tuscarawas River in Tuscarawas County about 70 miles south of Cleveland.

The village faces an uncertain future after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the earthen levee that surrounds the village is in need of costly repairs.  The levee was constructed in the 1930s.

The Corps is in the middle of an 18-month study that will determine whether the levee will be repaired, the village moved, or torn down and the area allowed to flood.

The village includes about two dozen buildings built during the 1800s.  

"This distinction will focus a national spotlight on the Village of Zoar. It will become clear that without action this unique historic village is at grave risk," said Jon Elsasser, President of the Zoar Community Association and member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Historical Society.


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