Muskingum County gets its name from a word that means “elk’s eye” or “town on the riverside” and reflects the friendly warmth of heartland of America! It features a thriving central city of Zanesville, well-groomed residential areas and picturesque villages and boasts of a charming historic community filled with treasures! Other cities include Dresden, Frazeysburg and so on along with 25 townships including Muskingum. Being only 70miles east of Columbus, amenities are abundant. A positive recent job growth, low cost of living and housing and an incredibly effective Genesis Healthcare system are big attractions drawing young and old alike to settle down here.
Famed for its pottery industry in the yesteryears, the county’s largest employers are retail businesses and manufacturing industries. The booming tourism industry, Volvo Trucks and Custom Vans are the other businesses contributing to flourishing economy and employment opportunities. Educational services are outstanding- Adamsville Elementary, Tri-Valley Middle and High Schools have good reputation. Zane State College, Muskingum Private and Ohio State Universities ensure quality higher education. The county enjoys an efficient transportation system via several transit buses scheduled every 30-60minutes. The Center for Seniors promotes independent living of senior citizens, making the lives of retirees comfortable.
The county’s efficient library system is a boon for book-lovers. Home to some of the beautiful parks like Blue Rock, Dillon, Riverside, gale Garden etc. you can unwind in peace and quiet. Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking facilities are there in Blue Rock Park. Putnam Hill Park gives you the best view of the famous Y Bridge, the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river! Mission Oaks Garden features a large perennial garden, conifer garden and a majestic white oak woodland garden. S Bridge in Zanesville offers a great view and a feeling of the past with it!
It is the place to be cool and creative! Longaberger Company, the premier maker of handcrafted baskets is in Dresden, in the rolling foothills of Appalachian Mountains. Baskets, products, special events and tours are available at the Longaberger Homestead. Not to forget the Weasel Boy Brewing Company, that won a gold medal in the 2012 Great American Beer Festival!
Zanesville Museum of Art is a pottery powerhouse. Lock and dam Number10 is the easiest to access along Muskingum River Park and is well-maintained with great views. Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio and Gallery is outstanding and a must-see for art buffs.
Come summer and go fishing, boating, swimming or tour The Wilds. Fall is to enjoy dinner and lunch cruises and enchanting twilight aboard Lorena Sternwheeler along Muskingum River! Winter’s for sled-riding or a stroll through downtown enjoying decorations! Dining at Nicol’s, The Barn or Blits is a treat to the palate! Apart from the antiques and crafts shopping, there is Colony Square Mall to cater to everything you need.