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Photographic portrait of Zane Grey "Look!" said one, pointing to the west.

"A rider!"

Jane Withersteen wheeled and saw a horseman, silhouetted against the western sky, coming riding out of the sage. He had ridden down from the left, in the golden glare of the sun, and had been unobserved till close at hand. An answer to her prayer!

--Zane Grey
from Riders of the Purple Sage, 1912

Illustration of the National Road, with Conestoga wagon This modern museum has three major exhibit areas. First is the National Road, early America's busiest land artery to the West. The National Road stretched from Cumberland, MD. to Vandalia, IL. Begun in 1806, the "Main Street of America" was the only significant land link between east coast and western frontier in the early 19th century. A 136 foot diorama of the National Road plus many objects illustrate this theme.

Second is Zane Grey, the "Father of the Adult Western." The Zanesville author wrote more than 80 books. His study is recreated plus many manuscripts and other memorabilia are displayed.

Finally, a central portion of the museum is devoted to Ohio art pottery.

Hours: September 2011 - April 30, 2012 Please note that the National Road/Zane Grey Museum is closed during the fall and winter months to general visitation. Group Tours available by appointment.

Hours: May 1 - September 30, 2011

Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

October 1, 2011 - April 30, 2012 CLOSED

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OHS Members FREE
Adults $7.00
Seniors (55 & up), AAA Members, Active-Duty Military $6.00
Students (all ages) $3
Two-for-One Pass to the National Road/Zane Grey Museum and the nearby John & Annie Glenn Historic Site $10 per adult and $5 per student
Children (5 & under) FREE
School Groups $2 per student, $2 per chaperone, FREE for teachers, leaders, advisors, bus drivers
Groups of 10 or more $6.00 per person

The National Road-Zane Grey Museum welcomes group tours. Advance notice is appreciated. There is ample parking for motorcoaches.

School Tours
School tours are a specialty at the museum. A guided tour along the historic National Road, "The Main Street of America," is featured. An extensive diorama portrays development of the National Road along its 600 mile length from Cumberland, MD., to Vandalia, Ill. Exhibits illustrate how vehicle technology prompted improvements in road surfaces. Life-sized reconstructions depict typical scenes along the National Road during the Nineteenth Century.

School groups are asked to contact the museum in advance of their visit.

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The National Road Museum is on U.S. Route 40, 10 miles east of Zanesville, in Muskingum County. It is at the Norwich exit of I-70, exit 164.

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General Information
The National Road/Zane Grey Museum is operated by the John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation, which also operates the John & Annie Glenn Historic Site (

National Road / Zane Grey Museum
8850 East Pike
Norwich, OH 43767

Mailing Address
c/o John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation
P.O. Box 107
New Concord, OH 43762

1-800-752-2602 (toll free)

Site Manager:
J. Shivers

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Handicapped Accessibility
Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.
Handicapped individuals may reach the museum without having to negotiate any steps. There are no steps leading to any of the exhibits inside the museum. The friendly staff is happy to accommodate handicapped persons in any way possible. The rest rooms are handicapped-accessible.

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio Historical Society!

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