Who we are...
A non-profit Ohio corporation, the Association is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County.
Our mission is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of this part of our local heritage, encourage interest in preserving historic structures within the community, and to educate those who are interested in preservation or are actively involved in the restoration of historically significant structures.
Since its inception in 1976, The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County has awarded plaques in recognition of more than 70 of our county's extraordinary historic homes and buildings, including the Tuscarawas County Courthouse and the historic Reeves Victorian Mansion in Dover, Ohio. The JE Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Association is tax-exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3). Click here for more About Us.
The Power of Preservation...
There is no question about the power of preservation to fuel economic development, according to the Strategic Plan offered by the Ohio Department of development. As the fourth goal of that Plan, the Department places strong emphasis on and publicly supports the Ohio Preservation Tax Credit as an integral component of the Plan.
are individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations. Their common thread is an appreciation of history, historic places, historic homes and buildings, unique architecture, and they understand the importance of preservation and restoration efforts. Most of our members reside (or used to reside) in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Some do not.
Some of our members attend monthly meetings for members, which are usually held in the home of a member and are more social than business. Some are more active, participating in committees and events, getting involved as directors, officers, or committee chairs. Many members participate, too, in our members-only tours, picnics, and banquets.
Others are unable to attend meetings and are happy just to offer their financial support of our ambitious mission.
Membership can be for an individual, a couple, business, or non-profit organization. A lifetime membership option is available for individuals, as well.
About Our Plaques
To be considered for a Heritage Home Plaque, a home or building has to have been built prior to the year 1901, must have its facade intact and original lines still evident .
Get a Heritage Home plaque application
A Historic Marker may be awarded for a home or building that has historical significance -- such as a notable person having lived or conducted business there -- without the property having to qualify as a Heritage Home.
Get a Historic Marker application
Criteria for determining worthiness for our 20th Century Plaque are essentially the same as that of the Heritage Home, except that it is awarded for architecturally or historically significant homes or other structures built between 1901 and 1925.
Get a 20th Century Plaque appllication
Activites & Meetings...
Members’ meetings convene on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are frequently hosted in the residences of our members, many of which are historic homes. Snacks and refreshments are served during the social that follows adjournment of each meeting. In addition to attending monthly meetings, members often have the opportunity to participate in tours of other historic homes, buildings, and other local historic sites, as well as those in other communities in and around Ohio.
Once we're past our Annual Meeting (first Thursday in January), we look to February for the Patriot Rally at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia, which was created to promote awareness and enthusiasm in the young people of our area for local history. They will be the next generation of caretakers for our historic sites. In 2016, the Patriot Rally will be held on Saturday, February 20. We'll be there. Come on down!
Of course, the month of May is Preservation Month across the USA, and we sponsor and host the Heroes of Preservation Awards. Details on the awards to be presented in 2016 will be forthcoming, Check back on the What's New page frequently.
Our organization has also sponsored guest speakers at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas Campus and hosts workshops and educational seminars on historic preservation and restoration techniques and materials.
Our Board of Directors meets monthly, usually on the Thursday that immediately precedes our regular monthly members’ meeting. Members are welcome at all board meetings. Non-members may attend and participate by invitation only.
The Value of The Plaque
While the aesthetic and quality-of-life benefits of preservation are widely accepted, skepticism is sometimes expressed about the quantifiable economic contribution of such endeavors.
After analyzing data and obtaining the input of government and community leaders, researchers at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law say those doubts should be erased.
Historic preservation and restoration initiatives nationwide have reversed years of deterioration and decay, and continue to yield economic benefits that surpass those created by such alternative investments as infrastructure and new construction.
Notable paybacks include stabilization of neighborhoods, heritage tourism, stimulation of private investment, revitalization of downtown activities, affordable housing and office rentals, and enhancement of community pride.
Our plaque symbolizes a property owner’s respect for these principals and appreciation of the benefits that they afford.
To learn more about the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, visit the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Resource Center. (MyHometownOhio.com)
Heritage Home Association offers a piece of history from Zoar
By Kyle Valentini, Editor | The Bargain Hunter
The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association has come across some rare finds over the years—vintage windows, mantels, columns and period fixtures. Most of the pieces have been offered at one of the organization’s Olde House Parts sales at various times throughout the year. (The next is coming Saturday, Sept 20, 8am-2pm.)
This time the association has something very special — the porch from Zoar’s historic Bimeler House is up for sale, and it is in excellent condition.
The Bimeler House was home to Joseph Bimeler, one of Zoar’s original founders and the operator of the Zoar Hotel. While the house was constructed in 1868, the porch was added later, perhaps around 1900. The Ohio Historical Society acquired the house and its contents when it was bequeathed to them in 1942 from Lillian Ruof Bimeler Sturm, the wife of Bimeler descendant William Bimeler. The home was operated as a museum and no admission was ever charged per the request of Sturm. The museum closed in 2005.
Flooding in 2005 and again in 2008 severely compromised the foundation and the structural integrity of the historic home, destroyed the heating and electrical systems and left plaster walls with cracks and mold. The house had settled about six inches on its northwest corner, according to Bill Pickard of the Ohio Historical Society. A complete renovation currently underway will restore the home to its original condition, of which the porch was not a part.
“The porch was donated to the Heritage Home Association by Ohio Historical Society, with the idea being that we might be able to sell it for a fundraiser,” said Rod Kirkendall, longtime member and treasurer for the nonprofit group. “The TCHHA board decided that whatever we are able to get for the porch would be donated for the benefit of the Bimeler Museum restoration.”
The Federal-style porch package includes four columns, four capitals, four pedestals, two pilasters and the 8-by-14-foot roof, which is made of soldered tin. The fully-assembled columns (with pedestals and capitals) are 10 feet tall.
"We believe the porch was constructed circa 1900,” said Kirkendall. “Since the Zoarites had built their own lumber mill and were operating it for their own projects, as well as commercially, one would presume that the wood was from local trees, milled in Zoar to their specifications.”
The Bimeler Museum will re-open once renovations are complete. Kirkendall suspects the project could take another year or more. “I would guess a year, at the very least, probably longer,” he said.
"The house is back on its newly re-created foundation utilizing all of the original foundation stones. Electrical work and plumbing were just getting started in the last couple of weeks. Still to come, professional stripping of all of the paint from the exterior brick, repair and restoration of brick façade, repointing, window and door repair or restoration, repair and or restoration of interior walls, ceilings and floors.”
The Bimeler Museum is located at 198 W. Third St. in Zoar.