Historical Markers in
Tuscarawas County, Ohio

Al Maloney Barracks Blockhouse Bolivar C. William "Bill" Kidd Camp Meigs Canal Cemetery Christian Deardorff Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Cy Young Dennison High School Dennison Railway Chapel / The Manse Dennison Yard and Shops / Dennison Depot Denton "Cy" Young Dover Concert Band, 1924 Dover Dam Dover Public Library Excavation Flame of Freedom Fort Laurens Giant Cuckoo Clock Gnadenhutten / The Gnadenhutten Massacre, "A Day of Shame" History of Shanesville Hospital In Commemoration of Our Patriot Ancestors Interstate 77 Introduction Jeremiah E. Reeves / The J.E. Reeves Victorian Home Newcomerstown Desert Storm Memorial Newcomerstown Korean War Memorial Northwest Bastion Ohio and Erie Canal Oldest Building in Zoar Reeves Steel World War II Memorial Revolutionary War Memorial Sandyville: The Town that Moved Schoenbrunn Schoolhouse 1772 / Schoenbrunn Church 1772 The Bouquet Expedition - Camp 14 / Henry Bouquet 1719-1765 The Cascade and Hardesty Mills / The Ohio-Erie Canal and Industry in Dover The Cow Barn Foundation The History of Tuscarawas County Courthouses The New Schoenbrunn Mission / David Zeisberger, 1721–1808 The Ohio & Erie Canal in Warwick Township The Ohio and Erie Canal / Canal Dover Toll House The Ohio-Erie Canal In Tuscarawas County / The Ohio-Erie Canal 1825-1913 The Salem Mission Tomb Trailhead Treaty of Greene Ville Tuscarawas County Civil War Memorial Tuscarawas County Operation Desert Storm Memorial Tuscarawas County Viet-nam Veterans Memorial Tuscarawas County World War I Memorial Tuscarawas County World War II and Korean Conflict Memorial Uhrichsville Uhrich's Mill 1806 / Clay Capital 1833-1980s Unknown Soldier W. W. Scott, 1891 War Saving Stamps Welcome to Ft. Laurens Welcome To Zoar Zoar Cemetery Zoar Garden Zoar Meeting House Zoar Town Hall / Zoar and The Ohio & Erie Canal Zoar Village Zoarville Station
The first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed in Ohio in 1869.
Tuscarawas County, Ohio has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Delaware and Shawnee, before European settlers arrived in the late 18th century. In the early 1800s, the county was officially established, taking its name from the Tuscarawas River, which flows through the region.

During the early years of settlement, the county became an important transportation hub, thanks to its location along major travel routes, including the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Pittsburgh-to-Wheeling Turnpike. This brought new settlers, businesses, and industries to the area, including agriculture, mining, and manufacturing, which helped stimulate economic growth.

In the mid-19th century, Tuscarawas County played a significant role in the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses that helped enslaved African Americans escape to freedom. Many local residents, both black and white, risked their lives to aid and protect fugitive slaves passing through the region. This legacy of abolitionism and humanitarianism is still celebrated today.

In the 20th century, Tuscarawas County experienced periods of growth and change, adapting to the challenges and opportunities of modern times. The county's natural beauty, including the nearby Appalachian Mountains, attracted tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, while the growth of the automobile industry and other manufacturing sectors brought job opportunities. The county continues to evolve, preserving its historical heritage while embracing progress and development.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

  • 1800 - Tuscarawas County is founded and organized.
  • 1808 - The village of New Philadelphia becomes the county seat.
  • 1833 - Ohio and Erie Canal is completed in Tuscarawas County.
  • 1861-1865 - Tuscarawas County residents participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1884 - Dennison is established as a major railroad town.
  • 1930s - Tuscarawas County is heavily affected by the Great Depression.
  • 1940s-1950s - Tuscarawas County experiences growth and industrial development.
  • 1960s-1970s - The construction of Interstate 77 and other highways improves transportation in the county.
  • 2005 - The Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is designated, highlighting the county's historical significance.
  • Present - Tuscarawas County continues to thrive with a diverse economy and rich cultural heritage.