“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The New Schoenbrunn Mission / David Zeisberger, 1721–1808

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By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
1. The New Schoenbrunn Mission Marker
Inscription.  Here, on April 10, 1779 during the Revolutionary War, David Zeisberger founded one of the five Delaware Christian missions to occupy the Tuscarawas Valley between May 3, 1772 and September 8, 1781. Living at the Lichtenau mission near the Delaware capital of Goschachgunk (presently Coshocton, Ohio), Zeisberger feared that the Delaware nation was about to break their neutrality and join the British led Indians. Accordingly, he decided to disperse his Christian congregation and move his converts thirty-five miles up river to a place of safety in this large alluvial plain adjacent to the Tuscarawas River.

David Zeisberger 1721–1808. Born in Zachtenthal, Moravia (now Czechoslovakia), Zeisberger came to America in 1738 to join his parents who were missionaries to the Cherokee Indians at Savannah, Georgia. In 1741 the family moved to Pennsylvania and helped found Bethlehem which became the headquarters of the Moravian Church in America. Entering the Indian missionary service in 1745, he served for 63 years as a missionary to the American Indians, principally among the Delaware Nation. He twice resided in the Tuscarawas Valley
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By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
2. The New Schoenbrunn Mission Marker
during the years 1772-1781 and 1798-1808. He died at the Goshen mission in his 88th year and is buried in the Indian cemetery three miles south of this location.
Erected 1992 by Tuscarawas County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-79.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 40° 28.249′ N, 81° 26.485′ W. Marker is in New Philadelphia, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County. Marker is on Commercial Avenue SE (Ohio Route 416) south of Cookson Avenue SE, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Philadelphia OH 44663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ohio-Erie Canal In Tuscarawas County / The Ohio-Erie Canal 1825-1913 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tuscarawas County Operation Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Tuscarawas County Viet-nam Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The History of Tuscarawas County Courthouses (approx. 1.3 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
The New Schoenbrunn Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
3. The New Schoenbrunn Mission Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Philadelphia.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Brief Biography of David Zeisberger. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
2. December 31, 1782 • Zeisberger Closed His Journal for another Year. from the Christian History Institute (Submitted on April 23, 2006.) 

3. Schoenbrunn Village State Memorial. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
4. Schoenbrunn Village. Hours of operation. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.) 
David Zeisberger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 15, 2015
4. David Zeisberger Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,723 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4. submitted on March 16, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Feb. 27, 2021