Welcome to Muskingum County
This historic county known for its riverside towns is ever-advancing
Muskingum County was established in 1804, so its history spans more than two centuries. The county seat is Zanesville, which was briefly the capital of Ohio in the early 19th century. Muskingum County is also home to the Muskingum River.
The county has a long and exciting history, and it boasts a primarily rural lifestyle. Interestingly, the area was a hub for pottery production in the 19th century, when Samuel Weller opened a pottery plant in Zanesville. His pottery became so popular that he became the largest pottery manufacturer in the entire world by the early 20th century. The fascinating legacy of Muskingum’s pottery production carries on to this day, with Zanesville Pottery and China, Robinson Ransbottom Pottery, and Fioriware Art Pottery.
Communities in Muskingum County include Zanesville, New Concord, Roseville, Dresden, and Philo. Muskingum County is a rural haven full of picturesque farmland and quaint all-American towns.
What to Love
- Beautiful riverside towns and scenery.
- Unique local history and culture.
- The community is rural, tight-knit, and charming.
Muskingum County is a rural and tight-knit region with an interesting history. Despite being the most populous city in the county, Zanesville still boasts a charming historic downtown district that is walkable and quaint. Muskingum County is perfect for those looking to set down roots in a rural community full of charm.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
Weasel Boy Brewing Company is a brewery with a wide selection of authentic craft brews made with local ingredients to suit everyone’s tastes. As well as offering beer, wines, and ciders, Weasel Boy Brewing Company hosts live entertainment and fresh-baked pizza. If beer isn’t your style, check out their Rum Room — a Tiki lounge open every Thursday that offers a taste of the Caribbean in an Ohio brewery.
Muddy Miser’s offers New American cuisine with a riverside patio, perfect for summer nights. If you’d rather dine amidst Old World charm, the Old Market House Inn in Zanesville offers the atmosphere of a classic English pub with a hearty menu. Tat’s Pizzeria is a local, family-owned pizzeria that serves salads, pasta, and sub sandwiches.
The Overlook Restaurant in Nashport is the perfect destination for golfers looking to refuel or anyone searching for American cuisine in an upscale setting. With both indoor and outdoor dining options, the Overlook is situated on the grounds of the Virtues Golf Club and offers a view of the 18th hole.
Many different shops can satisfy your sweet tooth in Muskingum County. A local favorite, 1340 Cafe & Sweet Shop has been a staple in Dresden since 1965 and serves bistro food and various ice cream flavors. Linda’s Sweets in Zanesville specializes in cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for all occasions. For frozen treats, Whit’s Frozen Custard in Zanesville serves frozen custard, and Sweetfrog in Zanesville offers self-serve frozen yogurt.
Things to Do
The Wilds is a 9,000-acre safari park home to many species of animals, including giraffes, southern white rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, cheetahs, and more. The animals are kept in large, open enclosures, and visitors can experience the excitement of an African Safari right at home. The Wilds is also home to educational opportunities, overnight accommodations, and more.
The Y Bridge is one of Zanesville’s most iconic locations. First opened in 1814, the Y Bridge spans the Muskingum River and splits off into its signature Y shape, allowing travelers to turn left or right across the river. According to Zanesville’s official tourism website, Amelia Earhart once said that Zanesville is “the most recognizable city in the country” due to its distinctive Y Bridge.
The Lorena Sternwheeler is a historic riverboat that offers scenic cruises along the Muskingum River. The Lorena Sternwheeler is also available for private parties, events, celebrations, and more.
The Terra Cotta Vineyards in New Concord is a scenic local winery offering a varied wine list and views of the beautiful Ohio hills. Terra Cotta Vineyards also offers light plates to eat while wine tasting and monthly Chef in Vineyard cookouts.
Muskingum County is served by the East Muskingum Local School District, the Franklin Local School District, the Maysville Local School District, the Tri-Valley Local School District, the West Muskingum Local School District, and the Zanesville City School District.
Secondary education in the area includes: