The oldest building in Muskingum County is getting a facelift thanks to the generosity of the community.
The Dr. Increase Mathews House on Woodlawn Avenue is named after Zanesville’s first doctor. On Sunday, the museum held an open house to show the public how donations are funding the restoration project. Pioneer and Historical Society Director Jim Geyer said his focus is on the longterm viability of the building.
"Our goal is to make the building air tight and water tight, so the repairs that we’ve done to the roof and the chimney have been to address the water issues," said Geyer. "The building has 38 windows, and all of them are being restored. We’re probably about three-quarters of the way through that process."
The museum has also received grants to help cover some of the costs. Geyer said it’s not just a historical monument – the building is kept alive by everyone who steps inside.
"We attract not just school kids, but we have people from out of town that come on tour buses to visit Zanesville," said Geyer. "This is one of the places that they stop, so we get people from all over the state and all over the country as well."
Geyer said the museum is reviving the tradition of having open houses during the holiday season. If you missed out, there will be another opportunity next weekend from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday.