First settled in 1772 by Moravian Missionary, David Zeisberger, Schoenbrunn (or “Beautiful Spring” in the native Delaware language) has become the window into our states past. Schoenbrunn Village grew to include over sixty dwellings and 300 Delaware Native Americans and Moravian missionaries. These residents drew up Ohio’s first civil code and built its first Christian church and schoolhouse.
The village established the state’s first civil code, and built the first schoolhouse. Towards the end of its short five year history, the villagers were harassed from both sides; the Indians, who were under the influence of the British, and the American frontiersmen who were pushing their way farther into the Ohio country. By 1777, the villagers, pressured by the opposing forces chose to abandon Schoenbrunn. Upon leaving, they ruined the meeting house so it could not be used again.
The village, now restored to appear as it did more than two centuries ago, includes the original cemetery and 16 reconstructed log structures, as well s the church and gardens. A visitor’s center with museum and introduction video helps orientate the visitor to experience the village as if you were in the past.
Today, the recreated village and museum share the same perspective of where Indian and European cultures meet in peace, but are influenced to flee by forces beyond their control around the world. In addition to cabins, school and church; visitors can explore God’s Acre, the original Village cemetery; the museum and the theater. A gift shop, park and beautiful picnic area are also on site.
1984 East High Avenue New Philadelphia, OH 44663