News ReleaseFor Immediate Release - March 3, 2006
FOUNDATION ACQUIRES ADDITIONAL 241 ACRES OF ORIGINAL CAMP TUSCAZOAR PROPERTYZOARVILLE, Ohio – The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, the not-for-profit owner and operator of Camp Tuscazoar, has purchased a large portion of the former Boy Scout camp from a Dover woman.
The newly-acquired 241-acre tract includes several landmarks familiar to camp patrons, including the Stone Memorial Lodge, Buzzard’s Roost, Troop One Cabin and the Zoarite Iron Mines. The Foundation now owns 351 of the 464 total acres that once comprised the camp. A grant from the Clean Ohio Fund’s Green Space Conservation Program, which is administered through the Ohio Public Works Commission, made the purchase possible.
“We are delighted to have this opportunity,” said Bob Spencer, president of the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation. “This purchase helps us preserve our secluded atmosphere and puts us one step closer to unifying the original camp property. We are especially pleased to have the Stone Lodge and Troop One Cabin within our borders again. These buildings will be welcome additions to our camping facilities.”
The Stone Memorial Lodge was built in 1978 with funds donated by the Stone Family of Zoarville who are descendants of the original Zoar Separatists. Troop One Cabin was built in the 1940s by the scouts of Troop One of the McKinley Boy Scout Council in Canton. Buzzard’s Roost is a rocky outcropping and reputed Native American lookout which sits above Dover Dam. The Zoarite Iron Mines are one of the last known sites where the Zoar Separatists mined iron ore to feed two stone furnaces in which they made pig iron for sale and conversion into implements such as stoves.
The Foundation closed the purchase last week and has already opened both Troop One Cabin and the Stone Memorial Lodge for camping. The camp is open to the public for hiking during daylight hours. Organizations, families and individuals who are interested in overnight camping may call 330-859-2288 for information or reservations. Additional information is available at www.tuscazoar.org .
The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, Inc. is an Ohio non-profit corporation founded in 1986 for the purpose of purchasing, maintaining and perpetuating Camp Tuscazoar for use by scouts, church groups, school groups and other community organizations. Camp Tuscazoar is located on Boy Scout Road, two miles east of Zoar, near Zoarville.
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