Located in the Putnam Historic District, the Stone Academy is one of the oldest and arguably the most historic building in Muskingum County. Constructed in 1809 by Dr. Increase Mathews, Levi Whipple, and Ebenezer Buckingham, the building was designed to serve as the new state capital building. Across the river in Zanesville, then a separate and rival community, John McIntire and others construct a building of their own with the same goal. Zanesville was selected as served as the capital of Ohio from 1810 to 1812.
The Stone Academy functioned as a public building until it was converted to a private residence in 1840. In the 1830’s it was the center of abolitionist activity in Putnam. The Ohio Anti-Slavery Society held state conventions in the building in 1835 and 1839. The building is part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Another popular exhibit features books written by well-know author, actress, and activist Elizabeth Robins who lived in the building in the 1870’s.
Other highlights include historic portraits of John and Sarah McIntire and others, several wall murals, Allwine and Bailey furniture, pottery, Indian artifacts, an historical timeline of Putnam, an exhibit featuring Zanesville’s famous Y-Bridge, the bridge tender’s building and light posts from the old Sixth Street Bridge, a tribute to John Glenn, a large model and pictures of the Big Muskie, and many other items illustrating the history and culture of Muskingum County.
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