Capital for a Day

POSTED BY: Brittany Shannon
Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 06:43 PM
Zanesville Celebrates

It's deja-vu from 200 years ago.

Governor Ted Strickland proclaimed Zanesville the honorary capital of the state on this Fourth of July in celebration of the city's history as the seat of Ohio from 1810 to 1812. The mayor and commissioners unveiled a memorial outside of the courthouse which was the site of the capitol building. State Senator Jimmy Stewart says it's a big deal that the former capital is in the district he serves.

"This is one of the reasons that makes Zanesville so unique. Our history. How many places can say they used to be the state capital," says State Senator Jimmy Stewart.

Also at the courthouse, for only four hours today, people could purchase a stamp cancellation commemorating Zanesville's 200th anniversary since being state capital.

"We got the cancellation stuff and worked on it and they approved it in Columbus and then the local postmasters had to approve it for the overtime for the post office worker to do the cancellation and we've sold more than we've expected," says Rea Huff of the Pioneer Historical Society.

Many members of the community came out to see the unveiling of the memorial and take part in honoring Zanesville's rich history.

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