National Road & Zane Grey Museum

At National Road & Zane Grey, explore the story of early America’s busiest route West, and learn about locally-born author of Western novels Zane Grey.

National Road & Zane Grey Museum

8850 East Pike, Norwich, OH, USA
General Visitation Hours May - October:
Wed. - Sat. • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Adult - $7.00 Senior - $6.00 Student - $3.00 OHC Member - $0.00


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, its construction and transportation, from wagons to cars. A diorama of the National Road with many accompanying objects illustrates what it was like to travel on the National Road from the early 19th century, when the first tree was felled, to the mid-20th century. The 3/8ths-scale diorama is 136 feet long. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours


The National Road, early America’s busiest land artery to the West, stretched from Cumberland, MD, to Vandalia, IL. 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. The dream of Washington and Jefferson, it was needed to move crops and goods between East and West and help immigration.

Zane Grey, born in Zanesville in 1872, wrote more than 80 books and is known for his novels of the old West. Grey 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. His study is re-created in the museum and includes many manuscripts and other personal memorabilia.

  • Audiences: K-5th Grade Students, 6-8th Grade Students, 9-12th Grade Students, Higher Education Students, Educators, Families, Government, Specialists, Tourists, Community Groups, History Enthusiasts & Sports Fans
  • Historical Topics: American Indian History, Archaeology, The Arts, Daily Life, Industry & Labor, Settlement & Statehood & Transportation
  • Regions: Northeast Ohio & Southeast Ohio
  • Site Activities: Self-Guided, Birdwatching & Guided Tours
  • Museum & Site Type: Historical Marker, Geocaching Site, Blue Star Site & Ohio History Connection Site

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