Local History Undiscovered at Putnam Holiday Open House

by Courtney Wheaton on December 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

Locals visited some of the most historical sites in Zanesville as a part of the Putnam Holiday Open House.

More than a dozen historical sites and local businesses participated in the open house that will continue on Sunday. Visitors are able to speak with local historians about the founding of this area and its immense significance. Director of the Fine Arts and Historical Society of Muskingum County, Jim Geyer gave the public a detailed history of the Stone Academy.

"Stone Academy was built with hopes of becoming the state capital building in 1809, the capital was in Chillicothe and they were looking to move to another location so the people that lived here who owned the land here in Springfield, which is what Putnam was called originally built this building hoping it would become the state house, " said Geyer.

Geyer says that they started to host the open house about three years ago after a long hiatus and he enjoys revealing an often undiscovered past to the members of the community.

"We believe that the identity of a community is closely tied to its past, so what we try to do is at our museums is we try to make sure that that historic identity and that heritage is passed on from generation to generation," said Geyer.

During the open house many of the descendants of area founders and notable members of society were present and Geyer hopes even more will show up on Sunday. For more information and a list of times and places to visit you can visit the society online at www.muskingumhistory.org.