DescriptionSettled in 1799, Zanesville was once considered the pottery capital of the United States; its surrounding areas still support a number of pottery factories. Zanesville was the birthplace of such notables as the architect of New York's 1913 Woolworth Building, Cass Gilbert, in 1859, and novelists Charles D. Stewart in 1868 and Zane Grey in 1872.
The Y-Bridge , which carries US 40 over the junction of the Muskingum and Licking rivers, is shaped like the letter Y; the design is uncommon in the United States. Since the early 1800s, the bridge has been rebuilt several times. US 40 is the contemporary name for the first federal road, the National Road, authorized by Congress in 1806 to extend from Cumberland, Md., to the Ohio River.
Zanesville is at the junction of two scenic highways. US 22 runs southwest to Lancaster, and a scenic portion of I-70 runs east to Bridgeport, then through West Virginia and into Pennsylvania.
Lorena Sternwheeler is moored at Zane's Landing Park. This riverboat offers 1-hour sightseeing, lunch and twilight cruises as well as 2-hour dinner cruises on the Muskingum River. Tours are offered select dates early June to late October; phone (740) 455-8282.
Visitor InfoZanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau 205 N. Fifth St. ZANESVILLE, OH 43701. Phone:(740)455-8282 or (800)743-2303
ShoppingColony Square Mall, 3575 N. Maple Ave., features Elder-Beerman and JCPenney. Freight Shops, at Third and Market streets, offers shops in the restored 1917 New York Central Railroad Depot.
Self-guiding toursBrochures and maps are available from the visitor bureau. “The Muskingum County's Official Visitors Guide” is a comprehensive 48-page guide. Two walking maps detail the town's architecture and history and its artist colony. The brochure “America's First Main Street: National Road East” explains a driving tour of stops and shops along the Historic National Road Scenic Byway; “A Guide to Pottery” details a driving tour of the pottery outlets and stores and museums in the area; “Your Guide to Muskingum County Antique Dealers” relates a driving tour.
Things to SeeAlan Cottrill Sculpture Museum & Studio
National Road-Zane Grey Museum