Schoenbrunn Schoolhouse 1772 / Schoenbrunn Church 1772

Schoenbrunn Schoolhouse 1772 / Schoenbrunn Church 1772 (HM1E1K)

Location: New Philadelphia, OH 44663 Tuscarawas County
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N 40° 28.032', W 81° 24.808'

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Schoenbrunn Schoolhouse 1772

In December 1772, Brother David Zeisberger and his followers began the construction of Schoenbrunn schoolhouse. The school was built in the Tuscarawas Valley on land given to Zeisberger in the spring of 1771 by the Delaware Native Americans as a Moravian mission to the Delaware. With the land, Zeisberger laid out the town of Schoenbrunn or "Beautiful Spring." The school served Delaware Indian children, who were taught from special textbooks prepared in the Delaware and German languages by Zeisberger. John Heckewelder, who taught at the school, is recognized as the first schoolteacher in Tuscarawas County. The present reconstructed schoolhouse was dedicated on July 29, 1928 on the 155th anniversary of the completion of the school's construction. The village can be seen just a few hundred yards south of this marker.

Schoenbrunn Church 1772
The construction of the Schoenbrunn church was finished in the fall of 1772, 41 days after the first log was cut. The church was located where the two main streets of Schoenbrunn, which formed a "T," came together. One of the duties of the church was to oversee the conversion and baptism of many of the Native American residents. Inside the church's steeple, sat what is believed to be the first bell in the Tuscarawas Valley. Worship services were held regularly in this structure until the village was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. New Schoenbrunn was built about a mile further up the Tuscarawas River in December 1779. The present reconstructed church, where Easter Sunrise services and Christmas Love feasts are held, was dedicated on October 21, 1928. The village can be seen just a few hundred yards south of this marker.
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HM NumberHM1E1K
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number16-79
Year Placed2004
Placed ByMax T. and Erma Miller Foundation - New Philadelphia Bicentennial Committee - Tuscararwas County Historical Society - The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 464948 N 4479696
Decimal Degrees40.46720000, -81.41346667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 28.032', W 81° 24.808'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 28' 1.92" N, 81° 24' 48.48" W
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Area Code(s)330, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1942-1976 E High Ave, New Philadelphia OH 44663, US
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