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The New Philadelphia Region is located in northern Ohio. The region is part of the Appalachian Plateau and has many high hills, valleys, rivers, and lakes. New Philadelphia is primarily Amish country and the county seat of Tuscarawas County. Many famous individuals and athletes have spent time in New Philadelphia.[1] Tuscora Park is a popular attraction in the region for families and young couples. There are also numerous museums, gardens, and state parks throughout the region.[3] The region sustains warm summers and freezing winters with several inches of precipitation each year. Tourists visit the area during the warmer seasons of the year, spending time golfing, visiting state parks, and explore the Amish countryside.[7] The Tuscarawas River flows throughout the region, and Delaware Indian ruins from the Moravian Church can still be found along the riverside.[2]

What New Philadelphia is known for

New Philadelphia is the city located in the northernmost corner of the New Philadelphia Region. The city is the namesake of the region and the largest city between Cleveland and Columbus, both major cities in Ohio.[1] Salt Fork State Park is located in the region; the park offers many nature tours with hiking trails and access to Salt Fork Lake. Fishing, boating, and swimming are popular on the lake nestled in the forested area of the state park. 

Tuscora Park is the most popular attraction in the New Philadelphia area. The seasonal facility has three pools, a vintage amusement park, and picnic areas. The attraction caters mostly to families and young couples. Warther Museum and Gardens is popular among those wanting to experience the history throughout the region. The museum is dedicated to woodcarver Earnest Warther who sculped the steam engine. The School House Winery was originally a schoolhouse from 1886 to 1941. The schoolhouse was sold to private owners who preserved the house and turned it into a vibrant winery where they serve food and offer wine tasting. The Woods Tall Timbers Resort is a spot for summer activities such as canoeing, swimming, paddle boating, and fishing. The resort is 157 acres and contains a seven-acre lake. There are multiple golf courses throughout the region, including the Oak Shadows Golf Club. The golf course was designed to reside in the middle of Tuscarawas County's nature. There are a variety of professional and intermediate courses. Visitors wishing to go zip lining can visit the Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, where there are multiple ziplining courses and over 14,300 acres of open land. The city of New Philadelphia is part of the Amish country in Ohio.[3]

The Historic Schoenbrunn Village is located within the region. Founded in 1772, the village was preserved with many cabins and barns from previous and current village residents. A memorial was created in 1817 named the Zoar Village State Memorial. The memorial was created to honor over two hundred german separatists who sought out escape from religious persecution in the area. Historical mansions offer tours all throughout the city of New Philadelphia, one of which is the Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum. This large mansion is the former home of Jeremiah E. Reeves. The home has seventeen rooms, an 1892 carriage, a doctor's buggy, and a 1922 electric car.[3] Cambridge and Cadiz are two more major cities within the region. Cadiz is small, with a population of just over three thousand residents.[4] Cambridge is more prominent with around ten thousand residents.[5] 

Over 20,000 visitors visit the region annually. Most visitors will spend time in the region from mid-June to mid-September when temperatures are warm but not blazing.[7] Plantlife is usually thriving during these months, and skies are clear. Visitors come for the state parks, historical monuments, museums, lakes, resorts, and professional golf courses. Tourists come from Columbus, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. Most visitors are either families looking to spend time at Tuscora Park or history guru's exploring old mining sites and admiring Amish culture. 


The New Philadelphia Region is located in northern Ohio. The city of New Philadelphia sits on the Tescaroawas Riverside. Cleveland is eighty-five miles north of the region and one hundred miles south of Columbus. The region's boundaries include New Philadelphia to the north, the small town of Graysville to the south, Cadiz to the east, and Cambridge along the western border. The Appalachian Plateau spreads throughout half of the New Philadelphia Region. High hills, valleys, and steep cliffs cover the land of the region. Most hill and cliff sides have been mined for years for coal and steel. There are also many rivers and lakes throughout the valley, including the infamous Tescaroawas River. There are many vine groves and plains throughout the region as well.[1] 

Summers in the New Philadelphia Region are warm and humid. The season lasts around four months, from May to September, with an average temperature of seventy-four degrees. Winters in the New Philadelphia Region are freezing. Lasting for three months, the average temperature is around forty-five degrees with strong winds and snow flurries. The wet season lasts for five months, from around March to September. The dry season is seven months. The region receives an inch and a half of rain and around an inch of snow each season. It is partly cloudy year-round. Most visitors come to the area during the more sunny parts of the year, from around mid-June to mid-September. During these months, temperatures are warm but not too humid, and skies are clear.[7] 

There are several different animal species in the region. Common native animals to the area include raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rats, snakes, and bats.[8] Common plants include the state's most popular plant, the Ohio buckeye, bee balm, black-eyed susan, blue false indigo, blue flag, blue vervain, butterfly weed, red oak, and the Japanese maple.[9] The region produces soybeans, corn, grain, and dairy products. Greenhouse and nursery products are also produced widely throughout the region.[10]


New Philadelphia means "mouth of a river" named by Indians and other natives in the area after the discovery of the Tuscarawas River running through the valley. The Moravian Church was the first establishment in the New Philadelphia Region.[2] The church was founded in the area in 1772. Delaware Indians resided in the area, and the church was created on a mission for European Settlers from neighboring regions. After the building of the Moravian Church, the town was labeled as the Moravian Indian missionary town. In 1804 John Knisely found the land that is now New Philadelphia after passing through Schoenbrunn.[1] 

New Philadelphia was the first Christian town in Ohio. Taverns and markets were soon built in the town and gained business as a focal point for travelers and settlers coming from the east. John Knisley hired John Wells to plot out the city plans that were then carried out to build New Philadelphia. The design of the city was based off of the layout of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Ohio-Erie Canal was constructed near the town and became a marketing center for the region's agricultural products. The canal provided power for the numerous mills in the area. Railroads were also built passing through the region. Their arrival made it easier to export coal and steel manufactured in the region.[10] The Quaker Stadium held its first football game on September 29, 1928. This led to the Quakers football team being coached by famous football star Woody Hays in the 1930s.[2]

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