October 6, 2017 “Forever We Stand,” a play by Eleanor Sullivan, opens in Zoar, Ohio. The play is a fictionalized portrayal of actual trials that threatened Zoar and its inhabitants.
Tavern keeper, Johannes Goesele, repeatedly flouts the Society of Separatists’ rules. Finally, in 1844, he and his wife are evicted from their home and banned from the town. In revenge, Johannes Goesele files a lawsuit against Joseph Bimeler, Zoar’s leader, demanding a share of the Separatists’ property. If he prevails, the village’s communal agreement will be dissolved, their lands divided, and the community’s way of life destroyed.
October 8, 2017 Launch of Tree of Heaven in Zoar, the third Singular Village Mystery in Zoar, Ohio