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Plans to make the Nelson T. Gant House in Zanesville an official museum are well underway.
It was a proud day for the Nelson T. Gant Committee who has spent the last three years working on the home. In order for it to become a historical preservation, they must remove the 19th century additions. With limited funding, it took some time to begin demolition.
"By keeping this historical, the community can gain so much learn from so much from him and it's good that the children always have that memory," said Financial Secretary Claudia Lemert.
Through a state grant, the committee was able to begin with the construction. Vice President Connie Norman said they've had a wealth of community support. She said it's important to preserve the memory of Gant.
"He was certainly an icon in our community and under all odds he was very successful in his endeavors in Zanesville and became a very well respected person in the community," she said.
This is the first of two phases in removing additions not original to the home.