New Concord may appear a quaint and quiet town to the casual passer-through, but it sustains a treasure of a couple known across the nation and, indeed, around the world: The John & Annie Glenn Museum.

The late U.S. Senator John Glenn led a life of national service during the seven decades of adulthood. Beginning as a U.S. Marine pilot, he emerged from World War II and the Korean conflict as a war hero. It was as an astronaut in NASA's Project Mercury, however, that Glenn rocketed to international acclaim when he became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard the space capsule, Friendship 7. Later taking up politics, he was elected to the Senate where he served for 24 years. In 1998, at the age of 77, he returned aloft aboard the space shuttle Discovery as the oldest person ever to go into space.

Such were some of the accomplishments during Glenn's adult life. But it was his life growing up in New Concord that shaped his character — a life not only documented, but enacted at the John & Annie Glenn Musem. There could be no more fitting venue as the museum is actually encompassed in what was Glenn's childhood home.

Rather than simply viewing objets de curiosite, visitors are greeted at the door by one of five different costumed characters acting as if they are in one of three time periods: The Great Depression year of 1937, the war year of 1942 or the space era of 1962 when Glenn lifted off aboard Friendship 7.

The John & Annie Glenn Museum is at 72 W. Main St. Its regular season runs from May through October. Its hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Off-season tours for groups are available by appointment.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and groups of 10 or more, $3 for students and $2 for adult bus chaperones. Children under 6 years old and teachers, leaders, advisors and bus drivers are admitted free.

For more information or to arrange an off-season tour, call 740-826-3305.


Underground Railroad Museum
The Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing affords the visitor a wide ranging collection of documents relating to slavery and the secret havens that sheltered escaped slaves fleeing from bondage in the South.

The collection spans documents from articles to books focused on slavery and the underground railroad as it is known to have existed in Ohio. The collection also includes memorabilia of the era generally and the culture that prevailed in the 1800s.

In addition to its standing collection, the museum also has a "traveling trunk," which is, as it were, a mini museum that can be used as a classroom resource for area schools.

The Underground Railroad Museum at 121 High St. was founded 1993 by Dr. John Mattox who serves as the curator.

Hours are by appointment. To arrange an appointment or for more information, enquire by email at curator@ugrrf.org or by telephone at 740-968-2080.



National Road/Zane Grey Museum
The National Road/Zane Grey Museum, 8850 E Pike, Norwich, as its name suggests, celebrates both the famed westward conduit for pioneers and the famed author of western novels who was born and grew up in the City of Zanesville.

In addition to stocking editions of Zane Grey's novels and his memorabilia, the museum shelters modes of transportation that utilized the National Road — from the conestoga wagon to the early automobile. A 136-foot diorama offers a sense of the history of the highway and what it was like to travel it. The period depicted is from the road's early 19th century beginnings to its apex in the mid-20th century.

The museum's regular season runs from May through October. Its hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Off-season tours for groups are available by appointment.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and groups of 10 or more, $3 for students and $2 for adult bus chaperones. Children under 6 years old and teachers, leaders, advisors and bus drivers are admitted free.

Passes for admission to both the National Road/Zane Grey Museum and the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord are available for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

For more information or to arrange an off-season tour, call 740-826-3305.