Stone Academy Celebrates 200 Years

by Audry Kensicki on July 15, 2009

After years of history, one Muskingum County building celebrates a big anniversary.

The Stone Ccademy, located on Jefferson Street in Zanesville is celebrating it’s 200th birthday this weekend.

After Putnam lost the race against Zanesville to become the capital of Ohio, the stone academy held a host of organizations.

“It became a meeting place, several churches got their start here,” said Board Member Stephanie Kline. “Putnam Female Seminaries started here. There was a boys’ school. We had Theodore Weld and the anti-slavery movement. He spoke here and there was a riot because people in Putnam were against slavery and Zanesville was pro-slavery, so they came over and we had a riot here.”

The building, which was built in 1809 is rich in history. It was also a part of the underground railroad.

Kline says this weekend’s festivities have something for everyone.

“It’s your history,” she said. “It’s Muskingum County history. It’s not just one area, it’s the whole county. And we’re celebrating 200 years of this building in Putnam.”

Tomorrow the museum will dedicate it’s new historical marker, which discusses the role of the Stone Academy in the Putnam community and Underground Railroad.

Museum tours and various lecuures will also take place Saturday and Sunday.