Out and About in Zanesville-Muskingum County
Visit southeast Ohio’s largest Suri alpaca farm, Spring Acres. Tour the farm that has over 60 alpacas on 180 acres and participate in fiber arts experiences such as weaving, spinning, knitting and crocheting. Also shop for the finest alpaca related merchandise and enjoy a savory lunch.
Pick out your favorite hybridized daylilies and have them shipped to your home from Dorsets N’ Daylilies. This 237 acre farm is home to over 500 hybridized daylilies and 150 Dorset ewes.
Select your favorite herbs and create your own portable herb garden at Gifts from the Garden, a specialty greenhouse or choose another seasonal “make-it-take-it” project to complete at McDonald’s Greenhouse.
Take a manufacturing tour at 5 B’s, the largest contract embroidery company east of the Mississippi. See computer-driven embroidery machines at work with over 700 sewing heads. 5 B’s embroiders for retailers such as Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Gap to name a few. Save time to shop in the B-Wear Factory Outlet Store located on-site.
For dinner, enjoy a home cooked meal at Petersheim Amish Meal Home in Adamsville.
Check into your hotel for a good night’s rest.
Begin day two of your tour by stopping at the Zanesville- Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce to pick up your Step-On Guide who will accompany you for the day. Listen to the history of the Underground Railroad in this area as your Step-On Guide takes you on a “drive-by” tour of several of the sites.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Schultz Mansion, located in the Putnam Historic District. This 26-room mansion was built as a wedding gift from William D. Schultz to his bride, Ethel Granger Schultz.
Tour the Putnam Presbyterian Church where Frederick Douglass once spoke and William Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe was the first pastor. Slaves were hid in the basement of the church until it was safe to go to the next station.
Travel down the street to the Stone Academy which was the site of abolitionist conventions. Although it was originally built in hopes that it would become the state capitol, Zanesville won out and the capitol was located at the site of the current county courthouse from 1810 to 1812. Under the stairwell at the Stone Academy is a small crawlspace where slaves were believed to have been hidden.
Now visit the Nelson T. Gant Homestead home of the former slave and entrepreneur Nelson T. Gant. After being freed in the will of his Virginia master, Gant moved to Zanesville and rose from poverty to become one of the wealthiest men in the country. He was an active member of the Underground Railroad.
Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Lorena Sternwheeler.