Zanesville Community

  • John McIntire Library
  • Downtown Zanesville

Zanesville was founded in 1797 by John McIntire on land deeded by his father-in-law, Ebenezer Zane. It was Zane who led a party of men to cut a road (Zane Trace) from Wheeling, W.Va., southeastward to Maysville, Ky., leading to the establishment of Zanesville, Lancaster and Chillicothe at major river crossings.

Zanesville was at one time known as the "Clay City" and the "Pottery Capital of the World." The town has a rich history in the production of utilitarian and art pottery – traditions that continue to this day.

 

  • Y-Bridge
  • Railroad Trestle

The city is also noted for its unique Y-shaped bridge that spans the confluence of the Muskingum and Licking rivers. The current structure is the fifth Y Bridge since 1814. Amelia Earhart called Zanesville "the most recognizable city in the country," referring to the Y Bridge’s usefulness as a navigational aid to pilots.

The weather varies from 90 degree-breezy weather in the summer to negative 10 degrees in the winter, which makes for great sled riding and snow skiing.

Zanesville is a central location for numerous metropolitan cities that offer great get-a-ways, shopping sprees, dining and vacationing. Zanesville is 50 miles from Columbus, OH, 7 hours from Chicago, 2 hours from Cincinnati, OH, 2 hours from Cleveland, and 2 hours from Pittsburgh.

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Universities

The Zanesville area is also a hub for education with three colleges in the vicinity. Attracting students from throughout Southeastern Ohio are:

K-12 Education

Zanesville has many excellent public schools:

  • East Muskingum School District
    • 1 High School
    • 1 Middle School
    • 3 Elementary Schools
  • Maysville Local School District
    • 1 High School
    • 1 Middle School
    • 3 Elementary Schools
  • West Muskingum School District
    • 1 High School
    • 1 Middle School
    • 3 Elementary Schools
  • Tri-Valley Local School District
    • 1 High School
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 4 Elementary Schools
  • Zanesville School District
    • 1 High School
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 8 Elementary Schools

Recreation

Zanesville and its surrounding areas have much to offer with a variety of recreational and lifestyle amenities, including:

  • World-class golfing at the Longaberger Golf Club, one of the “Top 100 You Can Play” as designated by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, and at Eaglesticks Golf Club, listed on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.”
  • Distinctive country club with golf course, clubhouse, pool and tennis courts.
  • Large shopping mall with over 100 stores such as J.C. Penney and Victoria’s Secret, and a shopping district featuring Home Depot, Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx, Petsmart, Hobby Lobby and Sam’s Club, in addition to a multiplex theater.
  • Wide variety of family-owned casual and fine dining restaurants, including the Old Market House Inn, Maria Adornetto’s Restaurant, Muddy Misers Cool River Café and the famous Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl – a long-standing dining tradition with residents and visitors alike.
  • Art, culture and history at the Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville Community Theater, Zane Gray Museum, John and Annie Glenn Museum, the Putnam Underground Railroad Education Center, the John McIntire Library System, Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery and more.
  • State and wildlife parks and recreational facilities, including The Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world, and Dillon State Park for boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails and other outdoor activities.

For more information on all that Zanesville has to offer, visit the Zanesville/Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.

Child Care

The Genesis Children's Center focuses on the individual needs of each child with activities designed to enhance their physical, social and educational development. The trained staff of teachers and assistants ensure a safe, stimulating environment for children.

Services for children include:

  • Toddler program
  • Preschool
  • Full day care
  • Drop-in service
  • A latch key program
  • A school-age summer program

The center is dedicated to meeting the child care needs of Genesis employees and the community.

For more information, call the Genesis Children's Center at (740) 453-4959 or (740) 455-5146.

Spiritual

Zanesville is the home to many churches such as:

  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Washington Township Baptist Church
  • Westwood Baptist Church
  • Saint Nicholas
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • St. James Episcopal Church
  • North Terrace Church of Christ
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Coburn United Methodist Church
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Beth Abraham Synagogue
  • Wings of Hope Tabernacle

Real Estate

We have a wide variety of housing options available in the Zanesville area, whether you are looking for a large home, several acres or a house full of character, Zanesville has it all! We can refer you to a professional who can best determine your housing needs.

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