NEW PHILADELPHIA — Area residents are invited to visit Historic Schoenbrunn Village alit by candlelight at the upcoming Spring Lantern Tour. The Village will open for the tour Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. and remain open until 9:30 p.m. Guests will encounter costumed storytellers as they tour the Village’s 16 reconstructed cabins. Visitors will have Moravian Sugarcakes and sweet tea at the site of Ohio’s first school.

New this year to the tour, visitors are welcomed to journey into the woods along a candlelit path to discover a campsite outside of the village streets. Here, visitors will encounter and meet Brother John Heckewelder and hear his story of missionary work and life on Ohio’s frontier. 

This season, the Village would like to highlight a very important addition to the site and church. The Dover Moravian Church graciously presented the village with three Johann Valentin Haidt paintings. Haidt was a German-born American painter and Moravian preacher in Pennsylvania. His works were key visual representations of the life of Christ and were influential in bringing Christianity to life during the early years of the Church. These reproductions are of the original three paintings that hung in the church from 1772-1777.

Historic Schoenbrunn Village will also welcome local musician T.J. Marlatt. He will provide 18th century melodies that will transport you back to the 18th century. Enjoy the music as it drifts out of the church and into the village street on a stroll through the lantern light.

As a Lantern Tour tradition, visitors will find 18th century re-enactors demonstrating Musket firing in front of the Connor Cabin. Muskets will fire every 15 minutes until dusk.

Admission for the tour is $7/adult, $5/senior, $4/child (6-17), and children 6 years old and younger are free to attend. Historic Schoenbrunn Village members may attend free of charge. Memberships to the Village may be purchased at the Spring Lantern Tour and last for one year.

Historic Schoenbrunn Village was founded in 1772 as a Moravian mission among the Delaware Indians. With founder and missionary David Zeisberger, Ohio’s first settlement reached one hundred cabins and three hundred inhabitants. Today, 16 reconstructed cabins are available to tour. Historic Schoenbrunn Village’s Opening day for its 2019 regular tour season is May 28th. Special events include Spring and Autumn Lantern Tours, Children’s Day, Frontier Skills, Celebration of Colonial Arts, A Night of Stargazing, Colonial Trade Faire, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Christmas in the Village, and a traditional Moravian Sunrise Service for Easter and a Lovefeast for Christmas.

Historic Schoenbrunn Village is operated by the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and owned by the Ohio History Connection. The Village is located in New Philadelphia at 1984 East High Avenue off of U.S. 250.

For more information, call 740-922-6776 or 330-663-6610 or email Deidra Lute, Historic Schoenbrunn Village Site Manager, at deidral@dennisondepot.org.