Yesterday on a beautiful autumn day in Ohio, Al and I set out to visit Ohio’s First Settlement, Schoenbrunn Village. During some down time we like to visit sites in the Amish area so we can suggest these amazing local places to our guests here at The Garver House. Schoenbrunn Village is not far from our Strasburg Bed and Breakfast.
Schoenbrunn, which in German means “Beautiful Spring”, was founded on May 3, 1772 by Reverend David Zeisberger a Moravian Missionary. Rev. Zeisberger made friends with Chief Netawatwes of the Delaware Indians and Netawatwes gave Zeisberger land near a large spring which became Schoenbrunn Village.
The first task for the missionaries and their new found Indian followers was planting crops to get them through the winter ahead. After crops were in the ground the new settlers constructed the first two buildings, Zeisberger’s home and the school house. In total there were about 60 buildings and 400 people living in Schoenbrunn, the majority being Delaware Indians. The Moravian missionaries and the Delaware Indians lived together in peace at Schoenbrunn for five years. Since the settlers were pacifists and did not take sides during the Revolutionary War they were forced out of Schoenbrunn further southwest to the Village of Gnadenhutten. In 1782 at Gnadenhutten 90 men, women and children mostly of Indian decent were massacred.
The Tuscarawas Valley area has many historical roots and places of interest to visit. Ohio was the western frontier of the new America. To fully appreciate the history of the area one must visit not only Schoenbrunn Village but also Fort Laurens in Bolivar and the Schoenbrunn Amphitheater in New Philadelphia which tells the story of these Native Americans and Moravian Missionaries in the play called Trumpet in the Land.
Schoenbrunn Village features 16 reconstructed buildings, a museum, gift shop, theatre and picnic area. During the month of October two special events are planned. October 20th and 21st is the Colonial Trade Fair- over 140 Colonial tradesmen will be there to demonstrate their trades and give visitors a feel of what life was like back 1772 when Schoenbrunn Village was thriving. A Colonial Tavern Dinner is held Saturday nite, reservations are required for the dinner.
On October 26th and 27th, Friday and Saturday night brings the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Schoenbrunn Village. Along with Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman listen to this legendary tail next to the glow and warmth of a bonfire. Reserved tickets are also required for this event. For ticket information to all of the above events please call 1-877-278-8020 (this is the Dennison Railroad Depot which also operates Schoenbrunn Village). For additional information on Schoenbrunn Village visit the web-site at www.ohiosfirstvillage.com
Visit our bed and breakfast, The Garver House in the quaint village of Strasburg and we will be happy to supply you with information to attractions in the Tuscarawas Valley area.