2019 Events

February 16- 9th Annual T-County History Patriot Youth Rally

“Dancing Through History” is this year’s theme at the Patriot Rally at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia from 10AM-4PM.  Ohio has so much history and this is the year we are celebrating it!  Children of all ages are welcome to join us and get excited about history.  You can enjoy live re-enactors, historical demonstrations, museum displays and more.  The first 500 kids receive a backpack full of goodies; participate in the scavenger for fabulous prizes!  Event is FREE.

March 11- Volunteer Dinner

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” An evening to celebrate the accomplishments of this past year’s volunteers. This Potluck Dinner will be held at the Dennison Masonic Lodgefrom 6PM-9PM. All are welcome.

March 16- Clay Reverse Raffle

March 23- Silk & Sapphires Gala

Put on your best Kaftan and wine & dine at this Moroccan themed party! This year’s gala will be held from 6PM to Midnight at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tusc. Limited spots are available, please call for ticket information. Reservations are required.

March 30- Queen’s Tea

Calling all little princesses! Put on your tiara and best ball gown and join us at this year’s “Brier Rose” themed Queen’s Tea. Enjoy a light lunch, participate in fun activities and win magical prizes at the Dennison Knights of Columbus. Tickets are $15 per person and $12 for members, two seatings will be offered 11AM and 130PM. Advanced reservations are required.

April 5- Spring Clean-Up Day

Winter is over, and it’s time for spring cleaning! Bring your work gloves from 9AM-12PM, and help us prepare the Village for school groups, tour groups, and the 2019 season.

April 21- Easter Sunrise Service

Celebrate Easter with a traditional Moravian Service outside of Ohio’s first church. Easter Service begins at sunrise – call for exact time. Free.

April 27- Exhibit Opening

“Admit it, Everyone loves a little Dirty Laundry!” The Dennison Depot’s Feature Exhibition for 2019 is titled “Dirty Laundry: Controversial Items in Museums.” This experimental experience will display objects that are not normally out for public viewing. Items are neutral, it is your personal beliefs and feelings towards objects that elicit controversy. Topics will include the combining of Dennison and Uhrichsville to Claymont, Bing’s Burial, Race, Sex and Nazism. Dirty Laundry will be one exhibition not to miss. The deeper question is should museums remain unbiased in their interpretation of these controversial artifacts? Note this exhibit will have heavy topics that are not appropriate for young children, viewing discretion advised.

May 18- Spring Lantern Tour

Join us from 7PM-9PM for an after-hours walk through the Village, which will be lit by luminaries. Explore the grounds by lantern glow, and see the cabins alive with 18th century life. Regular Admission.

May 29-June 1 – 40th Railroad Festival

June 7- Salvation Army National Donut Day

We invite you to sample donuts from local bakeries from 9AM-11AM, and be served as if you were a soldier traveling through Dennison during WWII. Event is free.

June 7-July 19 – Clay Days

Come join us at the New Clay Museum every Friday from 11AM-4PM and create your own clay tile.  All tiles are $1.50 each and you get the chance to take home or have it fired up as a brick tile.

June 15- Children’s Day

The Village welcomes children of all ages to take part in a day of 18th century fun! From 11AM-3PM, the young (and the young at heart) can enjoy traditional activities and crafts. Regular Admission.

June 17-21 – College For Kids

For an entire week learn daily life from 1772!  Including hearth-cooking, butter-churning, gardening, pen and quill-writing, sewing and weaving and much more.  Please contact Kent State at Tuscarawas for more information.

August 17- Clay Paddle Fest

Join us for our 3rd Annual Clay Paddle Fest. Live Entertainment, kayaking and activities will be taking place as well as pizza from Superior Clay will be provided.

July 20- Frontier Skills

NEW EVENT! Return to the foundation of everyday life on the Ohio Frontier.  Learn 18th century frontier skills in cabin building, wood working, building a fire, preparing a meal, sewing clothes, hunting skills, weaving and much more! Regular Admission

August 18- Celebration of Colonial Art

Come and celebrate 18th century art and enjoy current day interpretations of their earlier forms from 1pm-4pm. Regular Admission

August 31- Jammin’ Food Truck Fest

Make sure to bring your appetite for this end of summer celebration featuring a variety of food trucks, live music all day, and a beer garden. This event will be located in the Lower Level of Historic Schoenbrunn Village from 11AM-7PM. Free.

September 20 & 21- Autumn Lantern Tour

Travel through Ohio’s first village by lantern light for this after-hours tour. Luminaries line the Village, and the cabins are alive with 18th century life from 7PM-9PM. Regular Admission.

September 21- Smithsonian Day Live!

We open our doors in celebration of museums all over the United States! Come visit us and learn about our heritage with FREE admission with coupon.

October 10- Lucille Nussdorfer Tuscarawas County Woman of the Year Banquet

Celebrate all the outstanding accomplishments of local women who have volunteered their time in the community. Event begins at 5:30PM, with social hour followed by dinner and the announcement of the 2018 Woman of the Year.  Located at the Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center. Reservations required.

October 12-12 & 19-20- #Falliday Train Rides

This year we are offering train trips in the Fall!  Celebrate the changing of the seasons with our #Falliday Train Rides or take your Sweetheart out on the Chocolate & Cheese Ride For more information on any of these trips or to order tickets visit: http://dennisondepot.eventbrite.com  Tickets are on sale NOW!

October 12- Clayworker’s Festival

Events include a basket raffle, food and more at our new museum site.  Held in conjunction with the Twin City Fall Festival. From 10AM-4PM.

October 19 & 20 – Colonial Trade Faire

Step back in history as colonial vendors and renenactors fill the cabins of Ohio’s first village. Take part in historic demonstrations and experience what life was like in 1772. Open to all from 10AM-5PM on Saturday and 10AM-4PM on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors (60+), $6 for children (6-17), Under 6 are Free.

October 25 & 26 – Train of Terror 

Our Passengers are dying to meet you!  An accident has occurred and our train patrons have departed on our passenger train.  Traverse your way through the train, but can you make it out alive?  The train will be open from 8PM-Midnight Friday and Saturday and tickets are $10 per person.  This event is not recommended for young children.  Tickets can be purchased now by going to: http://dennisondepot.eventbrite.com

October 25 & 26- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Join us for a production of the outdoor drama the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the Lower Level of the Village. Enjoy this play by the bonfire glow, and make sure to watch your head! Performances are Friday evening at 7PM and 9PM and Saturday evening at 7PM and 9PM. Cost is $18 for VIP seats, $15 for adults, and $12 for members and children. Advanced registrations required, Members can pre-order starting August 1st and September 4th for non-members.

December 6-8 & 13-15 – Polar Express Train Excursion

All Aboard the Polar Express! Ride to the North Pole on this Christmas excursion, departing from the Dennison Depot and get into the holiday spirit. Departure times: Friday at 6PM and 8PM, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM, 4PM, 6PM, and 8PM. Ticket sales begin May 1st for members and July 1st for non-members. Advanced reservations are required, Members can pre-order tickets starting May 1st and non-members June 15th.

December 8- Lovefeast

Celebrate the holiday season with a Feast of Brotherly Love, a traditional Moravian Service, held at the site of Ohio’s first church at 2PM. Remember to dress for the weather, and enjoy the splendor of this candlelit ceremony. Free

December 10- Chamber Christmas Business After Hours

Christmas Business After Hours from 430PM-730PM. Dine your way through the museum and enjoy the many tastes of Tuscarawas County from different local businesses. Reservations are required, call 330-343-4474.  This Event is sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and the Twin City Chamber of Commerce.


For more information on any of these events please contact the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum at 1-740-922-6776.  All Event Dates are tentative and are subject to change at anytime.