Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Morgan County (part 3)

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Historic McConnelsville BY GRANT JOY One of the county’s greatest assets is the county seat of McConnelsville. Nestled in the Muskingum River valley, on the banks of the river, flanked by the hills that envelop the town to the east and west, McConnellsville is the centerpiece of Morgan County’s…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Morgan County (part 2)

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Stockport Mill and Inn BY GRANT JOY On the banks of the mighty Muskingum, in the southeast part of the county, sits the Stockport Mill Inn standing as the crown jewel, over the bucolic village of Stockport. Stockport was home to Captain Issac Newton and possesses a colorful river…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Muskingum County (part 3)

In this three-part series, our own Grant Joy travels throughout Muskingum County, telling the stories of its places and people. In this installment, Grant visits The Wilds, and enjoys tasting food from Zanesville! The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: The Wilds and a Taste of Zanesville BY GRANT JOY For those looking for an outdoor…

OWR Stakeholder Update: September, 2020

Ohio’s Winding Road Network has been negotiating some tricky curves and has made a couple of sharp hairpin turns over the past six months as COVID-19 has changed our world. As well we’ve pulled over to a few shady roadside spots (Zoom Corners) and have been reflecting on what changes make sense and what most…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Muskingum County (part 2)

In this three-part series, our own Grant Joy travels throughout Muskingum County, telling the stories of its places and people. In this installment, Grant visits the artists of Zanesville, including Alan Cottrill, and the Art Colony of Zanesville. The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Appalachian Ohio’s Art Enclave  BY GRANT JOY While Zanesville is a…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Muskingum County (part 1)

In this three-part series, our own Grant Joy travels throughout Muskingum County, telling the stories of its places and people. In this installment, Grant visits the John and Annie Glenn Museum, the National Road and Zane Gray Museum, the Muskingum County History Center, the Stone Academy, the Putnam Presbyterian Church, and the Nelson T. Gant…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Hocking Hills Inn and Coffee Emporium

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Something’s Brewing in Hocking Hills By GRANT JOYPhotos courtesy of Tim Thomas Roughly, Hocking Hills State Park sees an average of two million visitors per year. That’s about the same as Maine’s awe-inspiring Acadia National Park. The highly popular Hocking Hills is known for its breathtaking beauty of sand-stone…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Desonier State Nature Preserve

In an ongoing series, we are traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty. Today’s post comes from Audrey Tompkins: Desonier State Nature Preserve is just off US 50 East and about a mile away from any man-made structure. The secluded preserve features Oak Ridge Trail tucked away…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Muskingum River Parkway State Park

The Muskingum River Parkway State Park System was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Muskingum River begins at the confluence of the Walhonding and the Tuscarawas Rivers in Coshocton, Ohio. The state park is a home to the nation’s oldest hand-operated lock system as West…

Shawnee Second Saturday Returns

SECOND SATURDAY IS BACK IN SHAWNEE (with social distancing) Second Saturday, sponsored by Destination Shawnee, will be held July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. (please note time change from previous events) on historic Main St. Entertainment will be on the lots next door to the Shawnee Mercantile with guiartist/singer Gary Wisor. Persons attending should…

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING WORKSHOPSaturday, July 25 from 10am – 3pm in Athens(with social distancing) OWR Seed Grant recipient and community herbalist Cindy Parker will be hosting “Herbal Medicine Making,” a workshop held on Saturday, July 25th, from 10 am until 3 pm in Athens. Participants will make tincture, salve, and liniment as well as identifying and…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Blaney Family Farm

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Reciprocity and a Return to Regional Roots  BY GRANT JOYPhotos courtesy of Dustin Massengill Historically in Appalachian Ohio, there was an emphasis placed on subsistence farming. Before the timber and coal booms of the 19th century, Ohio’s hill country was dotted with small-scale family farms. Recently, the region has…