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HHA Awards Heroes, Presents Historic Marker

May 11, 2017


On Thursday evening, members and friends of Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County gathered at the Zoar Schoolhouse to honor four Heroes of Preservation and to present a Historic Marker for Zoar’s Bimeler House Museum.


HHA President Tom Strickling of New Philadelphia opened the proceeding with a comment regarding membership in Heritage Home Association. “It seems like every year for the last ten years we end up with a record number of members.  There must be a good reason for that! If you’d like to join us…”


Strickling went on to present Heroes of Preservation awards to David & Sara Mae Stutsman, Rosemary Hafliger and her mother Ruth Hafliger, and Rick Geis.  An intended fourth recipient, Kerry Schaffner, was unable to attend.





Rick Geis is Maintenance Director for the Zoar Community Association.  While you and I might take pride in maintaining and preserving our own house, Rick is charged with the maintenance of all of the historic homes and structures in the historic village of Zoar. 


Having started with the intention of helping out part time after he retired from previous employment, it seems now you can find Rick somewhere on the grounds working at something almost all hours of the day and night. 


His commitment and devotion are praiseworthy, as a significant amount of the work he does spills over into hours that he volunteers.  Rick Geis is a Hero of Preservation.




StutzmanRcvsHeroesAwardfromStrickling-MAY2017The Stutzman’s restored the Victorian era home at 615 Fair Avenue NW in New Philadelphia, having purchased the home in 2016 when it was in a state of serious disrepair. 


With much hard work and skill, they were able to return the house to something much closer to what it must have looked like when it was built, c.1890’s-1910..


What a great look and a welcome improvement for the neighborhood.  Heroes indeed! Kudos to Sarah Mae and David.












Unlike the Stutzmans’ recent restoration that was completed inside of one year, Rosemary and Ruth Hafliger’s saga seemed that it might never end, in part due to an inebriated driver plowing into the front of the house, damaging the stone steps, front porch, foundation, original columns, and other collateral damage – while restoration work was in progress.


This iconic colonial revival home, built in 1900, has indeed been a work in progress for many years, and a passerby, at one point, wrote to the Times Reporter complaining that it was an eye sore and should be torn down. 


Despite all obstacles, including an insurance company that refused to cover all the damage, the Hafligers persevered. 


The result of their patience, hard work, and perseverance is a restoration masterpiece at the corner of North Broadway and Ray Avenue NW in New Philadelphia. (pictured below)








 (Kerrie Schaffner was to be recognized for preservation efforts on the splendid 1884 Queen Anne home at 422 North Broadway in New Philadelphia. The house has been featured by Cat’s Meow and in America’s Painted Ladies.  She was unable to attend.)



     After having been a part of the movement to save the historic village of Zoar and, specifically, the Bimeler House on 3rd Street in Zoar, members of Heritage Home Association believe the 1868 structure worthy of a Historic Marker. 

   < Chris Buchanan of Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) was present to accept the Historic Marker from HHA vice-president of plaquing (and past president) Jerry Stoughton. 


   Forced to close in 2005 due to extensive flood damage, the Bimeler House, featuring the Bimeler Art Gallery, will celebrate its grand reopening on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017.  (See before and after pics below)


   In the Preservation Month of May, there’s never “nothing” going on.



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After an eventful year, we fast-forward into the unknown -- 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

MWC-DoubleChandelier-JAN2017   The hectic pace created by the presidential election process in the USA has slowed, as a new president was elected on November 8. The Holiday Season was a blur for many of us with "just too much going on."  And, again, we move forward with high hopes for our community, our nation, and for Planet Earth.

   Directors and members of The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County met for the organization's Annual Meeting last week at  the historic Five Oaks Mansion, which has been the home of Massillon Women's Club for many years.   President Tom Strickling recapped a busy year-gone-by for our organization and commented that our membership, in numbers, is at a record high.  "We must be doing something right."

   Officers, directors, and committee chairs will remain the same until elections at the 2018 annual meeting, as those 2-year terms began their second year this month.  Tom Strickling remains President;  Patti Strickling, Executive Vice-President;  Liz Hipp, Secretary; Joseph Patashinsky, Treasurer; George Laurence, Vice-President Projects; Jerry Stoughton, Vice-President Plaquing; Marlena Allen, Vice-President Programs; Robin Mackey, Vice-President Social Activities; and Rod Kirkendall, Vice-President Public Relations.  The only recent change was the appointment of Linda Shetler as Vice-President of Membership late last year, replacing Craig
Main for the remainder of the term.

   Many meeting attendees arrived early to peruse the fine hand-hewn wood work and antiques in the mansion, three floors of it.  It is an amazing display of craftsmanship and art of many kinds.  After dinner, an MWC member guided those interested in the official tour.

   Next event up for Heritage Home Association is our participation in the 7th Annual T-County Patriot Rally at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia -- Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 10AM to 4PM.  There will be a look-alike contest at 12:30PM (win an Eriter!), interactions with re-enactors and living historians, and free goodie bags for the first 500 kids to arrive.  The kids can also complete a Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win an iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, and more!  Also, you can contact the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum for more information about the Essay Contest and Art Contest.  Contact them at 740-922-6776.

   After that, we host the first Olde House Parts & Antiques Sale at Patrick House at 8AM on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Patrick House is located at 233 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.   Our second and final sale of the season will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8AM-2PM.  Visit Olde House Parts website at

   Of course, May is Preservation Month, and we will be crowning our newest Heroes of Preservation.  Stay tuned for details about the event and the award winners.

   December will bring the 24th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday the 10th, from Noon until 5:00PM. Stay tuned for details later in the year.  Our Christmas Tour site is at

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  Members of Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County meet monthly on the first Thursday of each month, often at a member's home, frequently in a historic home or other historic site.  Board meetings are held monthly on the Thursday immediately preceding the Members' Meeting.  Those who volunteer to help with events and other projects meet at other times, as well.

   Join us!

Christmas Tour of Homes Marks 23rd Season

   The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County will present the 23rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 11, from 12 noon to 5pm.

The range of tour sites stretches from First Moravian Church and John's Sweeper Service in downtown Dover to the northern end of the county, where four of the tour stops are located in Bolivar and the historic village of Zoar.  In between are four more elegant, historic, and beautiful homes, all of which will be decked out for the Christmas Holiday Season.

Three of the historic homes wear the Heritage Home Plaque of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarwas County, including one of the very first to receive such a plaque -- in 1976 -- and one of them is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  And, of course, the entire village of Zoar was recently named a National Historic Landmark.

In addition to the 10 sites on the HHA Tour, the historic Reeves Victorian Mansion and Museum will be open for your touring enjoyment on the same Sunday -- from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm -- for a special discounted price of $3.00 per person.

Tickets will be available for advance purchase at the discounted price of $12, beginning on November 21st, at the Geib Funeral Centers of both Dover and New Philadelphia, Pam's Posies in downtown Dover, and the First National Bank of Dennison-- Dennison location only, or online at  Advance ticket sales at all retail locations will cease as the individual businesses close for the day on Friday, December 9, exceptions being Geib-New Philly, which will offer tickets until NOON on Saturday, and FNB Dennison, which will offer tickets until 11:30AM on Saturday. 

    Tickets may be ordered now and up until noon on Saturday, December 10, at the Christmas Tour website.   Ticket sales will resume at noon on Sunday when the tour opens and may be purchased at any of our 10 tour sites for $15 each, if any are still available.

We hope you will enjoy our 2016 Christmas Tour Sites!

1. First Moravian Church of Dover -
319 N. Walnut St, Dover, OH 44622

319 N Walnut DoverOH-2016SEPThe beautiful church sanctuary was designed in the American Gothic style from the turn of the century. The sanctuary’s focal point is the Moravian Seal carved by Dover Master Carver Ernest “Mooney” Warther.

In the Chancel and loft area, the Reeves Memorial Organ leads congregational worship. The Reeves Organ is a 40 rank, 3 manual pipe organ designed by the Bunn-Minnick Organ Co. The organ was given as a memorial to Jane Rees Reeves, wife of Dover industrialist, Jeremiah E. Reeves, who worshipped here. The organ will be playing carols and Christmas hymns each half hour for the tour.

In 1840, the first services began in a nearby house on the site of the former Bexley Theater. The congregation officially organized on January 8, 1843, and a wood-framed church in the Moravian architectural style was constructed. A brick structure was later built -- in 1909 -- to serve the church's growing congregation.

The congregation of First Moravian Church participates in weekly worship services, opportunities for spiritual growth, community outreach, and has a mission-oriented fellowship of believers. Their wonderful classical music program is under the direction of lifetime Heritage Home Association member G. Randall Gibbs.

Welcome, and may the Lord Jesus Christ bless your Christmas season this year.

For your comfort, the church's restrooms will be available for your use.  They also have an elevator and will provide refreshments, as well.

For those who order tickets online, you'll pick up your tickets here at the church on tour day, Sunday, December 11.

2. John's Sweeper Shop & Museum-
233 W. 3rd St, Dover, OH 44622

JohnsSweeperPlace-DoverOHJohn’s Sweeper Service is located in the middle of historic downtown Dover, Ohio. This building was orginally Feinberg's Department Store in the early 1900's and later housed the well-known Schwartz Department Store in the 1950’s. The building was erected at the turn of the century and originally was multi-level until a fire early-on destroyed the upper levels. Window frames still exist in the bathrooms facing the adjoining building showing evidence that at one time it stood alone.

John’s Sweeper Service houses much more than retail vacuums. An antique vacuum collection dating to pre 1900 illustrates the development of the appliance and its use in the home. The store’s Christmas displays include at least seven Christmas trees, holiday displays that can be viewed on an antique player piano and a square grand piano, and many vintage ornaments can be seen throughout the store.

A caroling family will welcome you inside, surrounded by Santa’s Elves that were part of the Mellet Mall display in the 1950’s.

   Step back in time this holiday and delight in the fun with these nostalgic decorations for the Christmas Season! Refreshments can be found here, as well.  Enjoy!

3. The Troy & Renee West Home --
126 E. 12th St., Dover, OH 44622

Troy  Renee West House Picture 2016Happy Holidays from the Wests!

    The West home is a timeless classic brick house with a Federal design, built in 1924. Troy and Renee purchased their home in March of 2015 from its fourth owners, Larry and Berit McMillan.

    The beautiful architectural features include many original details and items, including the dining room chandelier, hallway and bedroom lighting fixtures, as well as the dining room's corner cupboard.

    Original six-panel solid doors, accented with glass door knobs, crown molding in the foyer, living room, and dining room also add to the historic ambience. You will also notice the home's unique circle front entranceway on the front porch, which is where you will enter this home.

    The new kitchen and sunroom were added in 1999, and French doors provide a cozy feature, opening into the all-season sunroom with its tiled floors and pickled-pine walls -- perfect for enjoying the outdoors in any season.

    The eat-in cherry kitchen includes Shaker cabinets, center island, cathedral ceiling and skylights, creating a warm and cozy gathering place.

    Join us for plenty of holiday cheer, decorations, and refreshments. The Wests look forward to sharing their beautiful home and hope to see you there!

4. The Rodney & Lisa Sommers Home - 722 Lilac Ln, Dover OH 44622
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Welcome to the two-story, custom-built Colonial-style red brick home of the Sommers family.  Rodney & Lisa built their home in 2008, using Mast Builders. They wanted a home with an open concept that included a spacious area for entertaining and spending time with their three children - Ben, Brandon, and Brooke.

    The home features an open two-story foyer, open family room, dining room, and kitchen along with a study, living room, bathroom,
and laundry room on the first floor. The second floor has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

    You will find the house decorated for the holidays throughout the first floor with numerous Christmas trees, animated figures, and several themed areas including a Disney area. Daughter Brooke's second floor bedroom is also decorated for the holidays.


The Sommers family is honored to share its home with you this Holiday Season.

5. The Jeffrey & Susan Miller Home* - 2740 N. Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH 44622

Miller 2740NWoosterAve-DoverOH-SNOWYCompressed1    This historic Richard Burrell House was built circa 1830 and exemplifies the then popular Classical or Greek Revival style.

    The stately brick structure is located on a remnant of the once 158-acre Burrell Farm. Craftsmen used old growth native white oak trees felled on the farm and bricks made at the home site, making this a very sturdy home.

    The basement was dug to a depth of eight feet, which was rare due to the cost of digging it all by hand. Woodwork throughout the house is of native hardwood, which was originally grain-painted to resemble cherry wood.

    Floors on the ground level are tongue and grooved white oak, and are poplar on the second floor. In fact, nearly all of the woodwork, windows, floors, and even the plaster are original to the 1830 structure.

    During the Millers' three-year restoration project, some replacement parts were handcrafted exactly as the originals were made. The rear wing was added in 2006, designed and constructed with elements that match the original home. All-in-all, it is quite impressive.

    This magnificent home will take you back to an era of long ago, but with all of the modern comforts you've become accustomed to..  

*This is a Plaqued Heritage Home.

6. The Dick & Jane Miller Home -
3296 Emmaus Rd., Dover, OH 44622

Having lived in the state of M3296 Emmaus Rd DoverOH-2016SEPaine during her school years, Jane had become intrigued with timber frame or post-and-beam homes. Then they found Oakbridge Timber Framing in Howard, Ohio to see their dream fulfilled.

    Engaging Ivan Yoder as their builder, their adventure began.

    Skilled Amish workmen began by hand-crafting the massive oak beams.  The home was finished four months later. 

    Dick & Jane moved into their new home in June of 1996, and they made sure that family antiques would have a special place there -- like the 7½ foot pine cupboard from their farmhouse, wooden works grandfather clock, and the hanging lamp over the dining room table. 

    There is also plenty of wall space to display their collections of P. Buckley Moss prints.

    Christmas finds the Miller household bringing the “always decorated tree” upstairs.  It is a tree adorned with ornaments full of family memories.

    The Manger is brought out to remind all who visit of the reason for the Season--our Lord’s birth!

    One of the large beams is filled with Dick’s Nutcracker collection, and the holiday table is set with the family tea leaf pattern china.

    Christmas is not complete, though, without the live wreath on the front door, which is a traditional gift from Jane's brother and his wife, who still live in Maine.

    The Millers hope that you'll remember your visit to their home as a warm and beautiful portal into a wonderful Christmas Season.

7. The Patrick & Shelly Crowe Home** -
432 Park Ave SW, Bolivar, OH 44612

432ParkAve BolivarOH-2016Construction of this Georgian Colonial Revival style orange-brick home was started in 1903 and was finished in 1906 by the E.D. Fisher Family.

    The home is situated on 1.41 acres of land. The home consists of 4,500 square feet of living area in addition to a full basement.

The original two story Carriage House is located behind the house. 

    The home has two fireplaces, two staircases, a large formal living room and dining room, a parlor, and five bedrooms. The third floor attic is now a family room. Original hardwood floors have been restored throughout the home.

Patrick & Shelly are happy to share their home with you this Christmas season and hope you enjoy the many special holiday-themed, decorated rooms.

**This is a Plaqued Heritage Home (20th Century Plaque) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

8. The
Wallace & Associates Office & Flats - 124 Water Street, Bolivar, OH 44612

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This beautifully restored 1870’s Water Street downtown building was previously said to be the original Bolivar Casket Company and also served as the Lebold Lumber Yard. Over the last 20 years there was a petition to have the building condemned. The attic is still filled with lumber supplies to make rocking chairs and embalming fluid bottles among other interesting items. An assortment of these funerary and lumber items will be on display for you to view in the first floor-flat which is now occupied by the American National Insurance Company, managed by Justin Wallace.

The owner took five years to restore this entire building as a hobby, as it was quite dilapidated and uninhabitable. Painstaking construction over many years is obvious and the difference time makes is now apparent. Today this downtown building is truly one of Bolivar’s preserved treasures. Other buildings in downtown Bolivar are now being renovated or restored to preserve their heritage, as well. The occupants of the upper flats will be your hosts, as will the Wallace Insurance Agency, which is sharing the front office space and will be decorated for your holiday viewing pleasure. Local historian Dick Lebold might just stop by to tell a few stories about this old treasure of a building! Bolivar and its neighbors have been inspired by the work that has taken place and we hope you will be too! Merry Christmas!

9. The Gary Gergley Home* - 210 W. 4th Street, Zoar, OH 44697

210W4thSt ZoarOH-2016This beautiful, historic 1830’s German home, in the center of the quaint historic village of Zoar, is constructed of clapboard, sandstone, brick, and hand-hewn wood beams.

In the Separatist days of Zoar, the residents' main duties of this home was to take care of the linen of the Village.


Restoration is a continuing process, and as the saying goes, “The only thing that works in an old house is the owner!”

This home is also known as the Garden Gate B&B, as it overlooks the meticulously tended Zoar Gardens from the upper deck.

A group of 200 German Separatists came here as an escape from religious persecution in their homeland.  They thrived for more than 80 years.

  Zoar means “place of refuge.”  So, step back in time.  See and feel as the Zoar Separatists felt in 1830 when you enter this home. We welcome your visit.


*This historic home is one of the 25 original Plaqued Heritage Homes, which received their Plaques during our nation's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976.

10. The Assembly House -
117 E 3rd Street, Zoar, OH 44697

117E3rdSt ZoarOH-2016Built by members of the Zoar Society of Separatists in 1856 as a home for one of the Society's Trustees, the Assembly House is where villagers gathered each day to receive their work assignments. The two-story red brick house has a typical Zoar floor plan with a central hallway and staircase with four large rooms on each of the first and second floors.

The house was modified over the years to add a modern kitchen, indoor bathrooms and closets. There are also two original outbuildings on the property. One is a wash house, which was a combination cooking/laundry facility, and the other is a cabinet shop that made items for the community.

The cellar has a vaulted ceiling, a design favored by the Zoarites. The Assembly House was occupied by Zoarites or descendants of the Society until the 1980’s.

The house is currently owned by Jeffery and Susan Eadie, who purchased it in 2016. The Eadies are currently in process of restoring the outside of the home and outbuildings, in keeping with historical guidelines. They hope to make this building available for residential or commercial occupation in 2017. The Christmas decorations are family favorites and we hope you enjoy your visit.



1. Purchase tickets early-- A limited number of tickets are available and have sold out for 5 consecutive years.

2. Wear comfortable shoes that can easily be taken off and put back on, unless you'd prefer to wear hospital-style "shoe covers" (aka booties) while inside the tour homes.. Also note that touring homes will involve walking to and from sites and, particulary in Zoar, between sites due to parking arrangements. High heels are not recommended. Wear shoes that you can walk comfortably in.

3. We suggest starting out in Dover at the Moravian Church, so that you have more time to tour and less time driving to your destinations.  If you already have tickets in hand, you may do the tour in any order you choose.

4. Start early so that you can visit all of the sites (homes open at noon), and plan to spend the afternoon.

5. Stick around, enjoy the wonderful restaurants in the area, and please patronize our advertisers when you can!

6. Remember the Reeves Historic Victorian Mansion is open for your touring pleasure from 1:00PM to 7:00PM ($3), which means it will remain open for two full hours after our Christmas Tour of Homes concludes.


The Heritage Home Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the architecturally and historically significant homes and other structures of Tuscarawas County.





February 4, 2016

Building6   Historic Marker for School House Winery

   On December 17, a Plaquing Committee comprised of Patti Strickling, Tom PlaquingCommitteeSchoolHouseWineryStrickling, George Laurence, Craig Main, Amy Main, Jerry Stoughton, and Liz Hipp, assembled at the School House Winery (445 Schneider's Crossing Rd NW, Dover OH). Their purpose was to inspect what was once Oak Grove School for determination of whether the building qualified to be awarded a Historic Marker.


   Just a few months before, in May of 2015, Marketing Director Courtney Thomas-Keiser was present at the historic Quaker Cinema to accept a Heroes of Preservation Award on behalf of  the School House's owners for their restoration efforts and repurposing of the building as a winery.  Heroes of Preservation awards are presented during Preservation Month each year to deserving property owners, whether they be owners of a private residence or some other structure.

   The one-room Oak Grove School House was built in 1886 and hosted classes of as many as 40 students for over 50 years. While the school closed in 1941, its legacy lives on, as memories of school days at Oak Grove are rekindled at reunions that began in 1980 with Walter Lembright, who was a teacher at Oak Grove, serving as master of ceremonies.

SchoolHouseWinery-2   Considering what the building has been through over the last 130 years, the work invested by owners Dave and Jennifer Jangunic (and all who helped) served to preserve and fortify the original structure of the historic school house, and it is remarkable how closely the finished product resembles the original structure. The Jagunics are to OakGrove-1925be commended for their choice to restore, rather than remodel, in every situation where they had a choice. Great job!

   Each member of the plaquing committee conducted his or her own inspection, independent of the others, scoring each of the relevant aspects of the building, inside and out. Once that was completed, the group met inside, where they tallied their points, compared notes, and deliberated. (The wine-tasting will have to wait..)

   It was determined by the committee that School House Winery Building 6 meets Heritage Home Association's requirements for a Historic Marker, and their recommendation to approve the award was made to the members of the organization.  The general membership accepted their recommendation and voted in favor.

HistoricMarker SchoolHouseWInery-FEB2016   The Jagunics, along with Courtney Keiser, attended the monthly members' meeting of the Association on Thursday, February 4.

   After an entertaining lecture on the history of Oak Grove School by Vice-President of Plaquing, Jerry Stoughton, Stoughton presented a well-deserved Historic Marker to School House owners Dave and Jennifer Jagunic. (pictured left)   A Historic Marker may be approved and awarded for a home or other building of historical significance -- preferably one that has its original facade, structure, and lines still evident and is in good repair.

   Thank you, Dave, Jennifer, Courtney, and all who took part in saving this wonderful piece of Tuscarawas County history.  We wish you great success with the School House Winery.  Keep up the great work!

   (Pictured below is one of the original windows and sole surviving parts of a desk from the 1886 Oak Grove School House, now on display at School House Winery for the enjoyment of all who visit.)



  School House Winery Building 6 was named "Ohio's Most Unique Winery," and under the capable leadership of the Jagunics, the Winery was also selected as Small Business of the Year (2015) by the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce

     At last count, the School House had seventeen Building 6 brand wines to choose from, several of which are award-winners (and all made from scratch on site), as well as fresh-brewed coffee and tea and soft drinks -- which means they have something to please just about anyone. They also offer a selection of appetizers,  pizza, and subs.  They're open to the public Tuesday-Thursday from 12:00PM to 9:00PM, on Friday and Saturday from 12:00PM-10:00PM, closed on Sunday and Monday. Looking for a unique place for a private party? Check it out..

     For more information, visit School House Winery Building 6 on the web at

     For information on becoming a member of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County, please contact our Membership VP or download a membership application here.


January 8, 2016

Slate of Officers and Directors Elected for 2016-2017

    At its Annual Meeting in January at the Canal Tavern of Zoar, members of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County elected 10 directors to new two-year terms.

They are (L-R)

HHADirector 2016-17

Front row: George Laurence (VP Projects), Liz Hipp (Secretary), Robin Mackey (VP Social Acitivities), Marlena Allen (VP Programs), Patti Strickling (Executive Vice-President)

    Back Row: Rod Kirkendall (VP Public Relations), Jerry Stoughton (VP Plaquing), Craig Main (VP Membership), Tom Strickling (President), Joseph Patashinsky (Treasurer)

    Directors meet monthly on the Thursday preceding the regular monthly members' meeting of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County.

     The Canal Tavern of Zoar is located on the Ohio and Erie Scenic Byway and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath trail, serving "travelers" on the canal, visitors to Historic Zoar Village and others with fine food and famous Zoar hospitality.


October 4, 2015

 Blue Star Memorial Marker Dedicated at Dover City Park  MilitaryServiceStarFlag

   200 American flag
HolmrighausenKicksOffMemorialDedications adorned the grassy strips along both sides of North Wooster Avenue in front of Dover City Park on Sunday, and more than 100 proud citizens turned out  for the dedication of a Blue Star Memorial marker. The marker was purchased by Dover Garden Club, whose members raised the necessary funds by holding fund raisers such as plant sales, as well as generous contributions from a handful of local businesses.

Master of Ceremonies Linda Shetler of Dover introduced Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen to help kick off the ceremony. U.S. Army chaplain Sgt. James Sanders delivered the invocation.  New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 and Dover VFW Post 3463 members were on hand for an Honor Guard Presentation of Colors and recognition of all veterans and active service members.  Members of Girl Scout Troop No. 600116, Boy Scout Troop Nos. 94 and 301 led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lynn Fronk, president of Garden Club of Ohio, spoke on the history of the Blue Star Memorial program, which was started in 1945 by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to honor the men and women serving in the Armed Forces of the U.S.A. during World War II.  Its name came from the star on the flags displayed in the windows of homes and businesses ever since World War I -- a silent announcement that a family member was serving in the Armed Forces. Known as the Service Flag, the blue star is a symbol of hope and pride. Although the service flags virtually vanished during the Korean and Vietnam wars, they appeared again during the Persian gulf war in 1991, the Iraq War, and now the War on Terror.

The first year after the memorial program was adopted (1946), seven states, led by Rhode Island, had joined the Blue Star Memorial Highway system. By 1949, 33 of the existing 41 state garden clubs had established routes and more than 16,000 miles of highway had been dedicated. The program grew to extend thousands of miles across the continental United States, as well as into Alaska and Hawaii.  All men and women who have served, are currently serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America are included and appreciated.

Present to accept the Marker on behalf of veterans and active armed forces personnel were Sgt. SanderFeemsterSpeaksDedication-20151004s, U.S. Army combat veteran Randy Feemster of New Philadelphia, and Dover Fire Dept Chief Russ Volkert. Feemster spoke of his experience coming home from Vietnam to a less than friendly welcome and dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), praising wife Sharon, as well as  Debbie Cook of the Veterans Service Office, for their help in getting him through it, and he encouraged others to ask for help.  PTSD is a debilitating condition of the human mind that results in a feeling of helplessness that can follow the experience or witnessing of a traumatic, tragic, or terrifying event, especially when one's own safety is threatened.  War veterans, as well as victims of rape and other violent assaults are commonly at risk for PTSD, and many thousands suffer its effects. Symptoms can include disturbing recurring flashbacks and avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, in addition to feeling totally helpless.

The day’s proceedings were brought to a conclusion with an arousing solo rendition of God Bless America by Carolyn Brodzinski, Rifle Salute & Taps by members of VFW Posts 1445 (New Philadelphia) and 3463 (Dover), and benediction by U.S. Navy chaplain James Scalf, Master Chief (Ret.).

Blue Star Memorial Markers continue to be dedicated each year on highways, Veterans’ facilities, National Cemeteries, parks, civic sites, and historic landmarks to express appreciation for those who defend our country – the land of the free, thanks to them.

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A big THANK YOU to Heritage Home Association members Linda Shetler, Betsy Humphrey, Sharon Feemster, Randy Feemster, Larry Clawson, Alan & Sarah Tipka, whose participation and support went a long way in helping to make this dedication a wonderful event.  Well done!

For more information contact Linda Shetler of the Dover Garden Club at 330-343-5904.  Donations may be sent to Dover Garden Club c/o Beverly Prince, Treasurer at 10473 Dolphin Street SW, Beach City, Ohio 44608.

To learn more about National Garden Clubs, Inc., visit their official website at


(article and photos by Rod Kirkendall)


Olde House Parts Sale at Historic Patrick House



The historic Patrick House in New Philadelphia will host The Heritage Home Association's last benefit garage sale of the season on Saturday,  August 29, from 8am to 2pm, featuring architectural salvage such as old and very old interior and exterior house hardware, fixtures, and accessories.  Also, miscellaneous antiques will be on display for show and for sale. 


Located at 233 Fair Avenue, NW, Patrick House was lovingly restored by its owners,  Hugh & Carolyn Berry of New Philadelphia, and they have been so gracious as to loan us the use of the garage.


Customers might find light fixtures and globes, interior and exterior doors and door hardware, windows and window latches and othePatrickHouse JeffGeorger related parts, moldings, pillars, sinks, signs, corbels, mantels, gas lights, grates, spindles, drawer pulls, brackets, shutters, bathroom fixtures, and even a claw foot bathtub, slate for roofing (or arts and crafts) and slabs of old fireplace marble. Among antques for sale are furniture items such as hardwood chairs and chests. All inventory is donated by friends and members of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County.


At right, HHA Plaquing Vice-President Jeffrey Miller and Olde House Parts project manager George Laurence examine olde house parts..  >


Proceeds of the sale support the Association in its ambitious mission: the documentation and preservation of the architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County, cultivating awareness and appreciation of this part of the local heritage, encouraging interest in preserving historic structures within the community, and educating those who are interested in preservation or are actively involved in the restoration of historically significant structures or community landmarks.


Donations of Old House Parts (pre-1950) and antiques are currently being accepted. Contributions of merchandise and/or cash donations may be tax deductible, as the organization is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3).


Thanks to all who have helped, made donations, and dropped by to visit.  We hope to see you at our next sale --Saturday, September 20, 2014. We'll be there bright and early.


For more information about our sales, about making contributions of old house parts or offering financial support, or to volunteer your help, call George at 330-364-5757.


To date, 70 historic homes and other structures in Tuscarawas County have been awarded Heritage Home Plaques, 20th Century Plaques, or Historic Markers by the Association, including the county courthouse in New Philadelphia and Dover’s historic Reeves Victorian Mansion. In addition, 20 others have been presented with Heroes of Preservation awards.


    For more information about Heritage Home Association and its plaques, email info @ Interested in becoming a supporting member? Email membership @, visit Tod at Renaissance Salon in downtown Dover, or call 330-340-4455.

Heroes Honored at The Quaker
                                                                   May 12, 2015

   While the National HeroesAtTheQuaker-20150512Trust for Historic Preservation endeavors to recognize, save, and celebrate historic places all over the U.S.A., this local group in Tuscarawas County, Ohio is doing its best to encourage the preservation and enrichment actitivites that have made its communities special.

Members and friends of the Heritage Home Association of  Tuscarawas County gathered early Tuesday evening at The Quaker Cinema in downtown New Philadelphia to honor six Heroes of Preservation and to award a Historic Marker to their host.

A Heroes of Preservation Plaque is HHA's way of saying, "Great job! Thank you so much for your efforts!"

The 2015 recipients of Heroes plaques are:

 1) RTY – for its 1928 Herschell-Spillman Antique Carousel at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia, accepted by Cary Gardner. The historic Carousel has been painstakingly restored and maintained through the efforts of RTY, members of the Rotary Club of New Philadelphia, and grants and donations from foundations, organizations, and individuals. This flagship attraction has been operating at Tuscora Park since 1941. It is one of only a few all-wooden carousels left anywhere in the world. Thirty-six hand-carved, all wood jumping horses and two chariots travel around 14 original oil paintings. Music is provided by a Wurlitzer-style 153-band organ. Tuscora Park? You’d be hard-pressed to find another amusement park as affordable as this one!

Jo Herrron and Patti Strickling are escorted to their seats by Kas Kaswinkel.

2) Dan & Judy Garver for their restoration and repurposing of the historic Baltic Mill at 111 E. Main Street in downtown Baltic, Ohio, which is now the Baltic Mill Winery.  Many visitors will remember The Baltic Mill as a bulk food and gift shop. Since purchasing the building, the Garvers removed the added shelves and walls to expose the striking features of the original flour mill. Upon entering the main seating and tasting room, you’ll notice chutes and machinery that have been preserved from the early 20th Century. This is truly one of a kind.

3) Brian & Rachel Ice for their restoration efforts on the brick house at 303 E 3rd Street in Dover, Ohio.  This historic brick home had been painted pink by a previous owner.  In addition to all of the necessary repairs to the house, inside and out, Brian and Rachel had all of the pink paint removed, restoring the house to its original red brick glory. Drive by and take a look. It looks great!

4) Dave & Jennifer Jagunic for their restoration and repurposing of the original 1886 one-room Oak Grove School house, which is now the School House Winery, 455 Schneiders Crossing Rd NW, Dover, Ohio.  Marketing Director Courtney Keiser was present to accept the award.  Kudos to the Jagunics and all who helped them for their efforts to restore, rather than renovate and remodel, as much as possible, keeping the building remarkably close to its original look and feel. While the school closed in 1941, its legacy lives on, as memories of school days at Oak Grove are rekindled at reunions that began in 1980 with Walter Lembright, a former teacher at the school, serving as master of ceremonies!

5) The Deetz Brothers, Brandon & Damon, for their part in the restoration of numerous downtown buildings, including The Quaker Cinema.  Deetz Brothers are located at  6345 Rocky Ridge SW in Stone Creek.  Their contribution to this monumental undertaking is being appreciated by many who pass by and who go to the movies at The Quaker.

6) Nate Hawkins for his recreation of the neon sign that became part of the restoration of the beautiful façade of The Quaker Cinema in downtown New Philadelphia.  Nate’s business, Nate Hawkins’ Neon Signs is located at 1145 W High Avenue in New Philadelphia.  Great job, Nate!

JMiller-MErnest-HistoricMarker4QuakerCinema-CMPRSD-MAY2015Last, but not least, Quaker Cinema owner Mike Ernest and his family were present to accept a well-deserved Historic Marker for The Quaker Cinema, located at 158 W High Avenue in New Philadelphia. 

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HHA VP of Plaquing Jeff Miller (L)

The Quaker was the first theater built exclusively for movies in Tuscarawas County. Originally, one massive screen in an 800+ seat auditorium made the headlines on opening day -- November 1st, 1940. Later, during the 1980s, The Quaker was converted into a two-screen theater to provide an additional movie option.  Previous owners also made attempts to “remodel” the exterior of the theater, concealing the splendor of its original design.  Ernest’s passion for restoring the exterior resulted in the beautiful façade you see today.

With a rich history of providing local entertainment for more than seven decades, The Quaker Cinema is dedicated to offering the community first-run movies at affordable prices. Those who stayed after the award ceremony were treated to a free showing of the 1948  movie classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

To date, 71 Tuscarawas County historic homes and other structures have been awarded Heritage Home Plaques, 20th Century Plaques, or Historic Markers by The Heritage Home Association including the county courthouse in New Philadelphia, Dover’s historic Reeves Victorian Mansion, and now The Quaker!  In addition, 20 Heroes of Preservation plaques have been awarded.

HHA Members Elect Directors for 2015, Award Plaque

At its annual meeting, held at the historic Canal Tavern of Zoar on Thursday evening, members of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County elected officers and directors for 2015 and awarded a 20th Century Heritage Home Plaque to a homeowner in Dover.

President Tom Strickling of New Philadelphia conducted a brief meeting before the elections and festivities began, during which he recapped the year just passed and commented on HHA members’ participation in the T-County Patriot Rally (and presentation of a Scavenger Hunt there for student participants), Tusc County Library displays, continuing involvement with the Village of Zoar and ZCA, three Olde House Parts and Antique Sales, celebration of Preservation Month with the awarding of Historic Markers and Heritage Home Plaques to recipients in Newcomerstown, Dover, and Zoar, as well as Heroes of Preservation plaques to two homeowners in Newcomerstown and the repurposed Newcomerstown Library Annex. Adding an exclamation point to the year’s end was their presentation of the 21st Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, which was attended by nearly 400.

Monthly members’ meetings took place in the homes of several members, including Magnolia Manor, as well as Olde Main Street Museum in Newcomerstown, Claudine’s Dress and Gift Shop in New Philadelphia, Fort Laurens Museum, and Rich & Cathy Geib’s Carriage House.

One of the meetings was held at the home of director Jerry Stoughton on Ray Avenue in New Philadelphia, and Stoughton talked that night about the long and drawn-out process of naming and renaming the streets of the county seat during the 1920’s. Perhaps most interesting, though, was the fact that, while excavating to repair and level the driveway at his home, they discovered an intact bomb shelter beneath.  “If walls could talk” ? How about driveways?!

The Association also recently added two new Lifetime members – Tom Strickling and Tod Carper.

Many Association members are actively involved in ongoing restoration projects on their own homes around Tuscarawas County. On May 2, 2015, the Association will present its next THAT Olde House Restoration & Preservation Workshop for the purpose of educating homeowners who wish to restore their own old house. The workshop will take place in the historic Zoar School House.

HHA Directors-2015Elected as directors (pictured) for 2015 were:  
(BACK ROW)  Tom Strickling, President; George Laurence, VP-Projects; Jerry Stoughton, VP-Membership; Jeff Miller, VP-Plaquing; Joseph Patashinsky, Treasurer;  (FRONT ROW)  Rod Kirkendall, VP-Public Relations; Patti Strickling, Executive Vice-President; Marlena Allen, VP-Programs; Robin Mackey, VP-Social Activities; Liz Hipp, Secretary

Ian Wamboldt was present to receive a 20
th Century Heritage Home Plaque for his home
 (pictured below) on East Iron Avenue in Dover.  Vice-President of Plaquing, Jerry Stoughton presented the award. He said, “Ian’s home is an 8-room two-story brick house with some Arts & Crafts details that was built in 1914 by John W. Phillips.  Mr. Phillips was brought here from Wales by industrialist Jeremiah Reeves for the purpose of building houses.  Phillips lived in the home until his passing in 1968, and the house was sold by his widow and children in 1976.  Ian is the 6th owner of the Phillips House.” 

 The plaque is the fourth 20th Century Plaque, and the 70th plaque

PhillipsHouse 517EastIronAve-Doveroverall, awarded by the Heritage Home Association in recognition of exceptional efforts in the preservation or restoration of historically and architecturally significant homes and other structures of Tuscarawas County.

Stoughton continued, “The home’s library, with its original wall paper, is separated from the parlor by square columns.  The interior of the home also features quarter-sawn oak woodwork and floor, a fireplace, and built-in bookcase and benches.  The dining room has its original chandelier and a built-in corner china closet.  Even the second floor bathroom retains its original fixtures.  The house also has a walk-up attic and full basement.”

The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County is a non-profit Ohio corporation dedicated to the preservation and documentation of the architecturally and historically significant homes and other historic structures of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  The Association endeavors to develop and encourage interest within the community in preserving these historic structures, to cultivate appreciation of this part of our local heritage, and to educate individuals interested in preserving or restoring local homes and other buildings. The Association is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

For information about membership, send an email message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also download a copy of the HHA regulations and by-laws here and a membership application here.



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.

Bimeler FrontPorch-1 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.

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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, a
ccording 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 porc
h 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.


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"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.”

Bimeler ColumnsPilasters-web Those interested in the porch can arrange a private viewing by contacting Kirkendall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The porch can also be seen on the craigslist listing at

The Bimeler Museum will re-open once renovations are complete. Kirkendall suspects the project could take
Bimeler-CapitalsPedestals-web 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.

HHA To Host Olde House Parts and Antique Sale


On Saturday, September 20, from 8am to 2pm, members and friends of the Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County will host an antique and architectural salvage garage sale at the historic Patrick House, 233 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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This saga began in 2010 when the organization opened its Olde House Parts shop in downtown Dover.  The architectural salvage shop specialized in old and very old interior and exterior hardware, fixtures and accessories. Customers could find light fixtures, doorknobs, hinges, mouldings, pillars, staircases, windows, latches or sinks, as well as signs, corbels, mantels, gas lights, grates, spindles, drawer pulls, brackets, doors, shutters, and even slate roofing and slabs of marble. Its ever-changing inventory came strictly from donations.


After a booming start, followed by six months of struggling to staff the shop’s store hours with volunteers during lean winter months, the group opted to close the store and move inventory into storage for further consideration.


Later a generous organization member offered the use of their garage on Fair Avenue to use for storage and, perhaps, an occasional garage sale.  The first such sale was held in the Spring of 2012.


Donations of OLD house parts (pre-1950) and antiques are currently being accepted. Contributions of merchandise and/or cash may be tax deductible, as the organization is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

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Proceeds of sales will aid the organization in its mission: Documentation and preservation of the architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County, cultivating awareness and appreciation of this part of the local heritage, encouraging interest in preserving historic structures within the community, and educating those who are interested in preservation or are actively involved in the restoration of historically significant structures.


Need a membership application? Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 330-340-4455. (or click here)


For more information about the sale, about making contributions of goods, or to volunteer your help, call George at 330-364-5757.