Did You Know
Prominent American architect Cass Gilbert was born in Zanesville. Gilbert is considered a skyscraper pioneer as he designed the Woolworth Building in 1913. He was also responsible for the United States Supreme Court Building as well as many State Capitols, museums, libraries and more.
Six southern white rhinos and three greater one-horned Asian rhinos have been born at The Wilds, one of the nation’s largest wildlife conservation facilities.
The first Y Bridge was completed and opened as a toll bridge in 1814.
Actor Richard Basehart was born in Zanesville. He starred in the 1960s television science fiction drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Some of his most notable film roles were the killer in He Walked by Night (1948), a psychotic member of the Hatfield clan in Roseanna McCoy (1949), and as Ishmael in Moby Dick (1956).
The Pines of Dresden, built in 1812 is the oldest house in the Village of Dresden. It is currently a Bed and Breakfast.
The first federally funded highway, the National Road (SR 40) runs through Zanesville and Muskingum County. The only museum dedicated to the National Road is in Norwich, Ohio, also in Muskingum County.
Major League Baseball player Jay Payton was born and raised in Zanesville. He played for the New York Mets (1998-2002), Colorado Rockies(2002-2003), San Diego Padres (2004), Boston Red Sox (2005), Oakland Athletics (2005-2006), and Baltimore Orioles (2007-2008).
Zanesville was the State Capitol from 1810-1812
Zanesville was named one of Ohio’s best hometowns by Ohio Magazine for 2011.
NBA player Kevin Martin was born and raised in Zanesville. He was selected as the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings where he played until 2010. During his time with the Kings, Martin finished the 2008 season 6th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 23.7 points per game. He currently plays for the Houston Rockets.
Actress Agnes Morehead attended Muskingum College in New Concord where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and later received an honorary doctorate in literature. While at Muskingum she appeared in many college stage plays. One of her most notable roles was Endora in the situation comedy Bewitched with six Emmy nominations.
The Putnam Presbyterian Church in the Putnam Historic District displays an original Tiffany stained glass window and is the oldest church in Zanesville. The first minister was William Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Professional golfer Michele Redman was born and raised in Zanesville. She played on the LPGA Tour from 1992 to 2011 and had two victories. Redman had her best finish on the money list in 2000, placing 10th. She is currently the women’s golf coach at the University of Minnesota.
Zanesville was once known as the “Pottery Capital of the World” because of its large number of pottery manufacturers.
Famous Western author Zane Grey grew up in Zanesville. He wrote more than 90 books and became one of the first millionaire authors with total book sales exceeding 40 million. The National Road-Zane Grey Museum is located in Norwich, just east of Zanesville.
Zanesville was founded by American Revolutionary War patriot Colonel Ebenezer Zane, a maternal great-grandfather of Zane Grey.
Longaberger Golf Club has been ranked No. 1 by Golfweek Magazine in its state-by-state rankings every year since 2002.