Zanesville, Ohio (Muskingum County) Festival of Trees

Small-town Ohio doesn’t skimp on the Christmas cheer. Historic Zanesville, OH again will present their Festival of Trees, open to the public and for all ages. The Festival of Trees to will bring wonderment to those both young and old (and everyone in between).

The Festival of Trees is an Annual Holiday Tradition in Zanesville/Muskingum County and not to be missed for serious Christmas celebrators.
Visit the Muskingum County Welcome Center to start of the festival on November 30th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Beautifully decorated trees and holiday decorations will be on display.

Then on November 30, come walk through the Festival of Trees 2017 entries from 10:00am-6:00pm. The Live Auction of over 200 festival entries begins on December 1st at 9:00am and ends at 6:00pm. Join in all day during the auction for networking, bidding and holiday cheer! The “Happy Hour” gathering at the auction will be from 3:30pm until 6:00pm.

Auction schedule will be posted at www.zmchamber.com the week of the event. For more information call 740-455-8282 or 800-743-2303.

23rd Annual Festival of Trees, Zanesville, OH

The Zanesville Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 23 annual Festival of Trees.

Visit the Muskingum County Welcome Center begin the festival on November 30th from 5:00pm-8:00pm for the Miracle on Main Street. Beautifully decorated trees and holiday decorations will be on display Muskingum county residents and visitors to enjoy.

Then on December 1st, come walk through the Festival of Trees 2016 entries from 9:00am-6:00pm. The Live Auction of over 200 festival entries begins on December 2nd at 9:00am and ends at 6:00pm. Join us all day during the auction for networking, bidding and holiday cheer “Happy Hour” gathering at the auction will be from 3:30pm until 6:00pm.

The money raised for the Festival of Trees comes back to the Chamber of Commerce. They support the local business community and have been helping local business owners in a variety of ways since 1905.

The Zanesville, Ohio Y-Bridge

Famous pilot Amelia Earhart called Zanesville one of the most recognizable cities in the United States because of one its unique municipal structures—the Zanesville Y-bridge. She noted that Zanesville was so recognizable because of this bridge it became a common navigational tool among pilots.

Visitors are often shocked when told get on the bridge and then take a left or right. Also, this is one bridge when traveled on you can end up on the same side of the river as you started on!

The bridge has gone through five incarnations over the years. The first Y-bridge was made with wooden trestles which were reinforced with stone, logs and planks. The center pier was cut from limestone and supported the toll house. The architect of this unusual bridge was Rufus Scott.

Some of the original tool fees included the following: foot passengers 3 cents; horse or mule 4 cents; each horse and rider 12 ½ cents; each sleigh or sled brand by two horses or oxen 25 cents; each coach with four wheels and driver, drawn by four horses 75 cents. Seems like a more complex pricing schedule than a modern toll road!

Eventually the first bridge feel into the river and was reconstructed in 1819 and lasted until 1832. At this time the bridge was condemned. A winter flood carried a 12 inch thick ice float against the bridge, weakening it significantly. A third bridge was constructed in January of 1902. The third bridge lasted all the way until 1979 when plans had to me made for a fifth reconstruction.

Historic Preservation authorities insisted on including reproductions of railings, light poles and parapets and this final bridge was finished in 1984 and still stands in Zanesville today.