Learn about U.S. 40, the old National Road that came to be called“the Main Street of America,” explore the adventure novels and Westerns of Zanesville author Zane Grey and see examples of the art pottery for which this region of Ohio was famous in the 20th century.
Exhibits speak to the history of the road and its building, transportation – like wagons and cars and the construction methods. A 136-foot diorama of the National Road with many accompanying objects, illustrates what it was like to travel on the National Road from its beginning when the first tree was felled, to the mid 20th century. The diorama is in 3/8th scale and measures 136 foot. It allows children and adults the chance to imagine daily life on the road during different time periods and gives them an opportunity to relate these experiences to their lives. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours
The National Road was early America’s busiest land artery to the West. The National Road stretched from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. Begun in 1806, the “Main Street of America” was the only significant land link between the east coast and the western frontier in the early 19th century. It was the dream of Washington and Jefferson, and was needed to move crops and goods between the East and West and help immigration.
Zane Grey is the Father of the Adult Western. Born in Zanesville in 1872, Grey wrote more than 80 books. His study is re-created in the museum and includes many manuscripts and other personal memorabilia. Many years after his death, it was discovered he penned about 60 Westerns, nine novels about fishing, three books tracing the fate of the Ohio Zanes, a biography of the young George Washington and several short story collections. His novels are still popular today.