If you’re traveling down the highway, there are more than a few reasons to stop in Tuscarawas County.
While you’re exploring, here are a few suggestions:

Tuscora Park
Location: 161 Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia
Phone: 330-343-4644
Hours or event date: The park is open year round.
Description: Winter, summer, spring or fall, Tuscora Park has something for everyone. Summer activities include a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, picnic facilities and rides for the kids. A schedule for the Summer Showcase can be found on the website and there’s often a game to be found. You can walk through the park or on the track at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium. The summertime First Town Days Festival and the winter’s Christmas in the Park are both entertaining events for the whole family. August brings the always popular Nickel Day, where all the rides are just 5 cents.
Website:  newphilaoh.com/tuscora_park/


Famous Endings Museum
Location: 803 N. Wooster Ave., Dover
Phone: 330-343-6132
Hours or event date: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description: The museum, connected with the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory, has a collection of artifacts from the funerals of famous people. The collection currently has more than 2,500 artifacts and pieces and is considered the largest known collection of its kind. Some of the more unique items include folders, photos and related documents from the deaths of presidents: Calvin Coolidge, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, James Garfield, Woodrow Wilson, William McKinley, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
Website: www.tolandherzig.com/famous-endings-museum/famous-endings-museum


Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
Location: 400 Center St., Dennison
Phone: 740-922-6776
Hours or event date: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Description: Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the Dennison Railroad Depot is the most significant remaining example in the nation of a railroad canteen still reflecting its World War II heritage. During World War II, 1.3 million service members were served free food by 4,000 working volunteers at the Dennison Depot Salvation Army Servicemen’s Canteen. These service men and women traveled by troop train along the National Defense Strategic Railway and stopped at the depot as they were going off to fight in the war.
Website: dennisondepot.org.

The Warther Museum & Gardens
Location: 331 Karl Ave., Dover
Phone: 330-343-7513
Hours or event date: Open every day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (January and February, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Description: Ernest "Mooney" Warther was known as the “World’s Master Carver.” He created 64 scaled and working representations of steam history. His carvings were created between 1905 and 1971, between the ages of 20 and 86. The first museum, presently holding the Button Collection of Mooney’s wife, Frieda,, opened May 10, 1936. Dave Warther, Mooney's youngest son, would spend his life dedicated to creating the present museum layout, the 12,000 square foot facility, to showcase his father's works and life.
Website: thewarthermuseum.com

Historic Zoar Village
Location: Zoar, Ohio
Phone: 800-262-6195
Hours or event date: April and May: Saturday 11-4, Sunday 12-4;
June-September: Wednesday through Saturday 11-4, Sunday 12-4;
October: Saturday 11-4, Sunday 12-4;
Description: Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by a group of more than 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. These Separatists thrived as a unique society for more than 80 years, making Zoar Village one of the most successful communal settlements in American history. Today, Zoar Village is made up of about 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to the present. Several buildings are open as museums.
Website:  historiczoarvillage.com

Historic Fort Laurens
Location: 11067 Fort Laurens Road NW, Bolivar
Phone: 330-874-2059
Hours or event date: May:Saturday. 11-4, Sunday, 12-4; June-August.: Wednesday-Saturday, 11-4; Sunday, 12-4; September.:Friday-Saturday,. 11-4, Sunday, 12-4; October.: Saturday, 11-4, Sunday, 12-4.
Description: Fort Laurens was built as a strategic location for staging an attack on the British at Fort Detroit during the American Revolution. From November 1778 to August 1779, there were many twists and turns to the story of Fort Laurens. Twenty-one soldiers perished before the fort was abandoned. Today’s visitors can walk the grounds and see the fort’s original outline. A small museum pays tribute to the “frontier soldier” through video and artifacts excavated onsite. Memorializing all unknown casualties of the Revolution, Fort Laurens’ Tomb of the Unknown Patriot is the final resting place of one of the fort’s soldiers who are unable to be identified.
Website:  fortlaurens.org

Schoenbrunn Village
Location: 1984 E. High Ave. New Philadelphia
Phone: 800-752-2711
Hours or event date: Memorial Day–Labor Day: Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 5, Sunday, 12 - 5;
September and October: Saturday, 9:30 - 5, Sunday: 12 - 5.
Description: Schoenbrunn Village is the site of several Ohio firsts — settlement, church, schoolhouse and code of laws. The village, restored to appear as it did more than two centuries ago, includes the original cemetery and 16 reconstructed log structures, as well as the church and gardens. A visitor center with museum and introductory video will help orient visitors so that they can experience the village as if they were in the past.
Website: ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-and-site-locator/schoenbrunn-village

Paul Green’s Trumpet in the Land
Location: 1600 Trumpet Drive NE, New Philadelphia
Phone: 330-339-1132
Hours or event date: The show is performed in June, July and August. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Description: Written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paul Green, Trumpet in the Land brings to life the Ohio frontier during the Revolutionary War. Performed in the same hills from which this story is born, Trumpet is the story of a peaceful people's influence on the war and the tragic events that encircled the founding of Ohio's first settlement, Schoenbrunn. The outdoor drama is celebrating its 50th anniversary season.
Website: trumpetintheland.com

Olde Main Street Museum
Location: 213 W. Canal St., Newcomerstown
Phone: 740-498-7735
Description: Located inside a 1915 building which was formerly Lell Shumaker’s Ford dealership and later the Herco factory, is the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center. The replica of an early 1900s village holds 23 storefronts, including a jail,a grocery, a bank, the Eureka Hardware, and Sam Douglass’s saloon, among others. This venue is the location for many events sponsored by the Newcomerstown Historical Society, including such activities as a murder mystery; a visit with a “survivor” of the Titanic and evenings of country music.
Website: Olde Main Street Museum on Facebook



Tuscarawas County Festivals of Note

First Town Days
Location: Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia
Dates: July 4-5-6-7
Description: This is four days of fun. Visitors can participate in activities here that are hard to find anywhere else. Family Day alone consists of a fishing derby, a frog jumping contest and turtle races. There’s a pie-eating contest, a men’s best legs contest and, of course, a fantastic fireworks show. The festival includes a little bit for everyone with Tuscora Park as the background.
Website:  firsttowndays.com


Gnadenhutten Fireworks Festival
Location: Heck’s Grove Park, Gnadenhutten
Dates: July 5-6-7
Description: This small-town festival includes a parade and a separate pets parade, but, by far, the biggest attraction here is the fireworks show. This year’s will be on July 6 and people will be spreading blankets to save a spot days in advance. Always one of the top area fireworks displays, the show is choreographed to music played over a local radio station that gives it a special feel.
Website:  Facebook.com/GnadenFireworksFestival


Railroad Days Celebration
Location: Center Street in Dennison.
Dates: May 29-June 1
Description: This is the 40th — and final — Railroad Days Festival. The village celebrates this festival with a parade, a talent show, rides and plenty of food. The event centers around the historic Dennison Railroad Depot Museum.
Website:  http://dennisondepot.org/new_website/


Cy Young Days
Location: Newcomerstown
Dates: June 21-23
Description: This is a celebration of one of the most accomplished baseball pitchers of all time. Cy Young’s grave is an easy visit in nearby Peoli, but the Newcomerstown festival was designed to honor the great baseball player. A luncheon held before the parade annually features a Cy Young Award winner, who later acts as the grand marshal for the parade. An arts contest and a vintage baseball game also highlight this event.
Website:  cyyoungdaysfestival.com


Ohio Swiss Festival
Location: Downtown Sugarcreek
Dates: The Swiss Festival is held the fourth weekend after Labor Day each year. This year’s event is Sept. 27-28.
Description: So where else can you go watch a steintossen competition? That’s right, they throw really big rocks at the Swiss Festival… really big. This festival is a blast, with cheese judging and eating competitions and plenty of yodeling. There are events for young — a Big Wheel race and a kiddie tractor pull — and old — a craft beer tent along with wine and cheese sampling — alike.
Website: ohioswissfestival.com

Zoar Harvest Festival
Location: Historic Zoar Village.
Date: July 28-29.
Description: This is a place for great food and to examine the lives of those in the village in days gone by. The museums are open, as is the Artisans Tent.
Website:  the-artisans-tent-at-zoar.com


Canal Dover Festival
Location: Downtown Dover
Dates: May 24-26
Description: This is your classic downtown festival. Local performers and activities highlight the event, which is sponsored by the Dover Exchange Club. Rides and food stands highlight the event, which features two entertainment stages.
Website: doverexchangeclub.com