NEW PHILADELPHIA Historic Schoenbrunn Village will sponsor its annual Children's Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17. This day will be filled with historic games, hands-on activities and crafts for all children of all ages. Kids and their families will be able to interact with costumed interrupters as they demonstrate the trades and tasks of the 18th century.
Founded in 1772 by Moravian missionaries from Pennsylvania, Schoenbrunn was the site of the first school house and church in what would become the state of Ohio. At its height ,Schoenbrunn was home to more than 400 inhabitants. Due to pressure from the British and the colonist during the Revolutionary War, Schoenbrunn was abandoned in 1777.
The village today consists of 17 reconstructed buildings and the original cemetery.
Children will have the chance to learn and help with some of the trades and chores of the time like butter churning, corn grinding, woodworking, and candle dipping. They will be able to take home with them a handmade candle. They also will visit the schoolhouse and get a lesson in 18th century education including quill writing.
Life in Schoenbrunn in the 18th century was not all work and no play. Visitors will have the chance to test their strength and coordination while playing colonial and Native American games. Toys of the time will also be available to be played with. Many of these toys and games were not only fun but educational as well.
New this year, children and their parents will have the opportunity to build their own cabin using pool noodles. They also will be able to try their hand at making Pew Dolls, an historic doll made from cloth that the children can take home with you.
All participants will receive a free goodie bag, a bottle of water and a personal ice cream. Bags are being donated by the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the water by Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and the ice cream by Miller’s Creamery.
Families are invited to bring picnic lunches and enjoy the picnic areas surrounding the village.
Admission for Children’s Day is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (age 55 and older), and $4 for children (ages 7-17). Children under age 7 are free. Members of Historic Schoenbrunn Village and supersize members of the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and the Uhrichsville Clay Museum are free. Memberships will be available for purchase the day of the event or by calling 740-922-6776.
Historic Schoenbrunn Village is located at 1984 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia. Schoenbrunn is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day.
For more information about Children’s Day or Historic Schoenbrunn Village call 330-663-6610, visit the website www.ohiosfirstvillage.com, email Kathy Spring at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find visit the Schoenbrunn Village Facebook page.
Submitted by Jacob Masters