Who is Zane Grey, anyway? A visit to the National Road & Zane Grey Museum

It’s easy for me to forget that history is literally all around us- sometimes we just need to do a little searching.  This week our family found a local jewel in the National Road & Zane Grey Museum.  The museum is located only 10 minutes east of Zanesville in Norwich, OH on US 40, the National Road! Run by the Ohio Historical Society, the museum features three exhibits focusing on 1.) the building of the National Road 2.) Zane Grey, …

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3 FREE places to take your family within one hour of Amish Country, Ohio

i.e. What to do when the kids have had enough of crafts, quilts, and Amish Once you’ve petted the farm animals, ridden a wagon past the exotic animals, and tasted enough cheese to make the French jealous, your kids may be sick of Holmes County.  While Amish Country has gotten more family-friendly in the past 10+ years,  children may get anxious for more than primitive decor and baked goods. Never fear!  I’ve made a list of 3 FREE places to engage your kids …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a secret and that secret is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  Well-known for its 4-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Although I’d been there a handful of times before, this was the first time I even knew that the Canal path existed!   Since we had walked the bike path many times in the past (it’s also great for strollers), this time we decided to …

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Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum.  Located just outside of Newark, Ohio and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy drive from Columbus or Zanesville, and a gem of Central Ohio. Our first experience at Dawes Arboretum was as a couple when we went on one of their night hikes.  After Jackson was born, I would take him for walks in the stroller and sometimes meet up with a girlfriend for a long chat during our stroll.  Once our family was …

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