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Ohio Finds: Zoar Garden Notebook

Above: This personal notebook chronicles the work of Simon Beuter, who cared for the German Separatists community’s expansive garden.

Known as “The Gardener,” Simon Beuter played a key role in the German Separatists community at Zoar, where he not only helped feed the families of the communal settlement, but also provided produce and services to people across Ohio and beyond the state’s borders. The Zoar community, founded in 1817 by those fleeing religious persecution in their homeland, was well established when Beuter stepped into his role as head gardener in 1845, a position he held until the society dissolved in 1898.

Check out this month's column featuring Fascinating Objects from Our Past.

Originally published in the May-June 2022 issue of Ohio Magazine.


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