The Tuscarawas County

Heritage Home Association

“...to recognize, document, preserve, and protect our historic structures and neighborhoods.”

 Who we are . . .

          A non-profit Ohio corporation, the Association is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County.

         Our mission is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of this part of our local heritage, encourage interest in preserving historic structures within the community, and to educate those who are interested in preservation or are actively involved in the restoration of historically significant structures.

          Since its inception in 1976, The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association has awarded plaques in recognition of more than 50 of our county's extraordinary historic homes and buildings, including the Tuscarawas County Courthouse.

      The Association is tax-exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3).

           Click here for more About Us.

      There is no question about the power of preservation to fuel economic development, according to the Strategic Plan offered by the Ohio Department of development.  As the fourth goal of that Plan, the Department places strong emphasis on and publicly supports the Ohio Preservation Tax Credit as an integral component of the Plan. To access the page of the plan discussing the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit, click here.  For the entire plan, click here.


About our plaques . . .

To be considered for a Heritage Home Plaque, a home or building has to have been built prior to the year 1901, must have its original lines still evident and its façade intact.

A Historic Marker may be awarded for a home or building that has historical significance -- such as a notable person having lived or conducted business there  -- without the property having to qualify as a Heritage Home.

Criteria for determining worthiness for our 20th Century Plaque is essentially the same as that of the Heritage Home, except that it is  awarded for architecturally or historically significant homes or other structures built between 1901 and 1925.

                Go HERE to view some of Tuscarawas County's finest...


The value of the plaque . . . 

           While the aesthetic and quality-of-life benefits of preservation are widely accepted, skepticism is sometimes expressed about the quantifiable economic contribution of such endeavors.  After analyzing data and obtaining the input of government and community leaders, researchers at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law say those doubts should be erased.

           Historic preservation and restoration initiatives nationwide have reversed years of deterioration and decay, and continue to yield economic benefits that surpass those created by such alternative investments as infrastructure and new construction.

           Notable paybacks include stabilization of neighborhoods, heritage tourism, stimulation of private investment, revitalization of downtown activities, affordable housing and office rentals, and enhancement of community pride.

           Our plaque symbolizes a property owner’s respect for these principals and appreciation of the benefits that they afford.


To learn more about the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, visit the  Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Resource Center.  (MyHometownOhio.com)



Our members . . .  

            Our members are individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations that choose to invest in the aesthetic and historic aspects of Tuscarawas County by way of personal involvement or financial $upport or both.

            Membership in the Association does not require ownership of an historic structure.

             For additional information about Membership, or to request an application for membership, please contact Tod Carper (See "For more information...").  To download or print a membership application, please go to  TCHHA Membership App.  (After viewing or printing the application, click your browser's BACK button to return to this page.) 

          Members are encouraged to visit the MEMBER ZONE.   Keep up with  dates, times, and locations of meetings and special events, officers' and committee chairs' contact information, articles related to preservation in Ohio and around the USA, and other information of interest.  You may also download a membership application, a copy of our by-laws, or applications for Heritage Home Plaque, Historic Marker, and 20th Century Plaque, as well.

 Activities and meetings . . .

            Our members’ meeting convenes on the first Thursday of each month.  Meetings are frequently hosted in the homes of members, many of which are historic structures.  Snacks and refreshments are served during the social that follows adjournment of each meeting.  Our next regularly scheduled meeting for members will be on the evening of the first Thursday in May -- in cooperation with Historic Canal Dover Association and Ohio Historical Society -- at Reeves Carriage House on East Iron Avenue in Dover.

            In addition to attending monthly meetings, members often have the opportunity to participate in tours of historic homes, buildings, and other  local historic sites, as well as in other communities in and around Ohio.

            Fund-raisers have taken the form of Home & Garden Tours, including those produced in conjunction with the bicentennial celebrations of Dover, Ohio and our county seat New Philadelphia, Ohio, as well as walking tours and horse-drawn carriage tours.

      This year will mark our first Christmas Tour of Homes, which will be staged on Sunday, December 13 from 1pM to 6PM.  For many years the Dennison Depot Railroad Museum sponsored and operated the tour.  Members of The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association are grateful for their invitation to take over the operation of the tour.  For information about tickets, e-mail tickets@tuschha.org.

            Our organization also sponsors guest speakers at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas Campus and hosts workshops and educational seminars on historic preservation and restoration techniques and materials.

            Our restoration/preservation workshop for do-it-yourselfers, THAT Old House, will be held on Saturday August 1. 2009 at The Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts.  For details and updated information, please visit http://TuscHHA.googlepages.com/THATOldHouse.

            Our Board of Directors meets monthly on the Thursday that immediately precedes our regular monthly members’ meeting unless otherwise scheduled. For more information on meetings and other activities and events, or to request a schedule, visit the 'What's New?' page or e-mail info@tuschha.org.


Classified Ads...

          Our Classifieds page is for listing of antiques, collectibles, and any other STUFF one is ready to part with -- from clocks to cars, houses to hats, paintings to porch chairs, tools to teapots (NOT for business opportunities or services). Advertising in the TuscHHA Classifieds is free of charge for members.  To submit an item for sale, e-mail a description, a picture if available (jpg format), your asking price, whether you might consider swapping your item for something else or not, and the contact information you want included.

            If you are not yet a member,  get a membership application HERE  or contact Tod Carper. (See right sidebar "For more information...")

           Go here to peruse the Tusc HHA classifieds.


      State tax credits help spur renovation of old buildings   

(Columbus Dispatch)

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Click here for a complete guide to the site -- how it works, and how you can participate. Please note that you are welcome to join and participate on the Ohio Preservation Network site whether or not you are a member of Preservation Ohio!

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