NATIONAL ROAD- ZANE GREY -ZANESVILLE ART POTTERY MUSEUM. I know most readers of this blog post will never have the chance to visit in person soooo my hope is that in viewing this post you will be able to say “I’ve been there.” This post will cover the NATIONAL ROAD portion 0f the museum..just to much to see.. Sometimes I need to remember there is a lot to see close to home…
The National Road Museum is just north of I-70 at exit 164, on US Route 40. It is 10 miles east of Zanesville. 8850 East Pike Norwich, OH 43767 Hours:May 1 through October 31 Monday and Tuesday – closed Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday 1pm – 4pm…………………………………..
The National Road, in many places known as Route 40, was built between 1811 and 1834 to reach the western settlements. It was the first federally funded road in U.S. history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson believed that a trans-Appalachian road was necessary for unifying the young country. In 1806 Congress authorized construction of the road and President Jefferson signed the act establishing the National Road. It would connect Cumberland, Maryland to the Ohio River. READ MORE..A quick look around outside::
The segment of Zane's Trace between Wheeling and Zanesville was rebuilt as part of the new National Road
Ok, time to head inside where we are met by a very personable young lady know as “Kat” short for Kathryn.
I found Kat to be very knowledgeable concerning all areas of the museum with a specialty in pottery.
Many of the photos are of the 136 foot long miniature diorama depicting the progress of the National Road.
The museum has an original Conestoga Wagon. Probably one of the few still remaining after 200 years.
George Diven, a farmer and wagoner was the earliest inventor of the friction brake for Conestoga wagons. For a good story on why it is called Brake Shoe Click
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ~Susan Heller
“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” ~Charles Kuralt, (So check out Route 40)
“I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.”Daniel Boone
Mark Twain: “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” - Paul Theroux.
Legendary hospitality offered on this well-traveled route to the west. INNS ON THE NATIONAL ROAD
"Not all those who wander are lost."- J. R. R. Tolkien
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
The Bicycle Lobby LOL..They did get the job done.'Roads Were Not Built for Cars' is a history book, focusing on a time when cyclists had political clout.
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world .... And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again -- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more." Pico Iyer
Trains started the real decline of the National Road…
This post has been a journey in itself and I only covered one of the three museums..Stay Tuned for more…As always thanks for stopping by.. I will leave you with this::
"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you -- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls."
— Edward Abbey
Most quotes came from SlowTravel NATIONAL ROAD- ZANE GREY -ZANESVILLE ART POTTERY MUSEUM.
Hey, thanks for the awesome tour! I really like that collection of license plates.
Now that looks like a great place to visit Joe. I love the old wagons.Thanks for the tour.
What a wonderful tour, Joe! I love the history and what terrific captures!! So much to know about our country and it's history!! Have a great week!
Wow what a tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
Joe, what an amazing tour of the museum. So many fantastic items to see, the wagon are cool. I think is is neat that we have the national Road. I have been on various parts of both 70 and 40. Thanks for sharing, great photos.
Wow! fascinating post with great photos ~ so much history ~ Wonderful! ~ (A Creative Harbor)
We stayed a couple of nights in Zanesville one trip (I remember because it rhymes with our name sort of), but we didn't see the Museum. Except as you say, now I feel like I've been there.
Wonderful post! Glad you are out and about traveling roads that lead to the interesting and often historical! :-) This was so interesting. I read a book about Betsy Zane and am a little familiar with the road. Would love to see the museum some time.
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