Stroll Through Zanesville’s Historic Sites

by Brittany Shannon on July 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

The streets you may walk or drive every day have many stories to tell, and the Pioneer and Historical Society is here to fill you in. We took a tour of downtown Zanesville to see how things were many years ago.

It’s been 200 years since Zanesville was the state capital.

"On October 1, 1810 they did vote to move the state capital to Zanesville, so we were capital for two years," says Stephanie Kline, a Board Member for the Pioneer and Historical Society.

Our tour guide, Stephanie Kline, put together a walking tour to celebrate the anniversary.

"We thought this would be nice for people in Zanesville and for tourists to get an idea of what the area looked like," says Kline.

And from what she says, the area was much different. "Well right here, probably, if you want to know the truth, you’d have muddy streets, and you’d have mud for sidewalk it would be on horseback."

For your tour of Zanesville, it’s easy, all you have to do is pick up a self-guided map. And what you may find is that the view from Main Street was a little different.

"The street here in 1810, you would see a 50-foot square brick building," says Kline.

That brick building was once the State Capitol and filled with legislators who met to discuss Ohio’s top issues. And right across the street Kline explains, "in huntington’s parking lot was the Orange Street Hotel, and that sounds awful fancy but it was a two story log building or wood building and that is where the legislators and the senators stayed while Zanesville was the capital"

For information on the walking tour, you can visit the Welcome Center or the Stone Academy on Jefferson Street.