NEW CONCORD — “I’ll be there with bells on!”
Ever wonder where that saying came from?
New Concord Lions learned the origin of that statement and many other items about American history, especially about the local area, during a recent visit to the National Road/ Zane Grey Museum/Zanesville Art Pottery Museum.
Since last spring this facility has been operating under the direction of the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site Foundation. Many facilities operated by the Ohio Historical Society, including the National Road Museum, were scheduled for closure due to state funding cutbacks. Since the change of management, $30,000 of state money has been saved and the facility has been up-graded with a new entrance, restrooms, exhibit space and instructional/meeting areas.
A 136-foot diorama displays the journey along Zane’s Trace and the National Road which “opened wide the gates to the West” from Cumberland, Md. Visitors are able to see the improvements of the surfaces that people travel on, the modes of transportation and the various life styles along the way.
The Zane Grey portion displays how the grandson of Ebenezer Zane grew from being a semi-pro baseball pitcher in the East to falling in love with the Far West. His prolific writings helped form the “image of the West” which was first depicted by the California film industry in silent movies.
A gallery of high-end, one-of-a-kind pottery pieces are on exhibit in the Zanesville Art Pottery Museum. These beautiful works of utilitarian pottery showcase the evolution of the art, many from local potteries.
A number of volunteer guides, including several members of New Concord Lions Club, were on hand to make the visit to this museum come alive with tales about how the region added to the rich history of the nation.
For information, contact Lion Terry Requardt, (740) 844-0025 or 607-8783.