Tagged: History of Zoar

Writing a Play: How Hard Could It Be?

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Having authored more than a dozen nonfiction books and five mystery novels, I agreed to write a play to celebrate Zoar, Ohio’s Bicentennial.  A perfect situation had presented itself: Zoar’s founder, Joseph Bimeler, had been sued by a man he’d thrown out of the community in 1844. I had access to transcripts of testimonies as well as an […]

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Irish Travellers Invade Zoar, Ohio: Fact or Fiction?

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Much is believed to be known about Irish Travellers. And some of it is true! Origins      Often confused with Romany Gypsies whose origins began in northern India, Irish Travellers originated in Ireland more than 1,000 years ago, separating from their settled brethen to establish distinct communities, language, and mores. (For verisimilitude, I’ve used the Irish […]

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Do Ghosts Roam Zoar Today?

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Walk with me now as I explore the streets of historic Zoar. Leaves scutter ahead of me as wind whips them into an eery frenzy that portends ill for daring observers. Nonetheless I persevere. I have only limited time to explore the village. Rumor has it ghosts roam the village. Let’s see if we can spy […]

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Historic Zoar Threatened

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Levees protecting historic Zoar have been breached by recent flooding, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is considering how to handle future threats, according to Jon Elsasser, Zoar Community Association president. Options include relocating or razing buildings in the lower part of the town to allow flood water to envelop the property or repairing […]

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