Putnam Historic District Holiday Tour

by Kelly Choate on December 15, 2012 at 6:27 am

Memories are what make the holiday season a special time of year.

The Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County is encouraging families to adopt a new tradition.  Director Jim Geyer said this weekend the Stone Academy Historic Site and the Dr. Increase Mathews House Museum will be open to the public free of charge as part of a holiday tour.

"We hope that we have people that come to the open house that haven’t been here before," said Geyer.  "We continue to have people come for the first time that say they have lived here their entire lives but didn’t even know these places were here, so we hope to attract a lot of people from Zanesville and Muskingum County that have never been to our museums."

Geyer said the Stone Academy is one of the oldest and arguably the most historic building in Muskingum County.  It was the center of abolitionist activity and served as a station on the Underground Railroad.  Nancy Ragias is a decedent of Dr. Increase Mathews, who helped construct the Stone Academy in 1809.

"I’ve always been interested, but I never had time with raising children, so after our kids were grown, my brother and I got involved in the historical society," said Ragias.  "We’re now actually able to take an active part in keeping some of the history alive."

The museums will be open Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  Other attractions in the Putnam Historic District will be open as well.  Complimentary tickets will be available at each site.