Category Archive: Things to see and do

Nov 06

The Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky

Early "Armored Horse"

Sandusky, Ohio is home to a fascinating museum devoted to the history of the carousel and merry-go-round. You will be amazed at the history of the different styles of animals used throughout the years. There are so many subtle variations within the different styles. Another feature is a full sized and working carousel within the …

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Jul 24

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Candy/Roasted nuts counter

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl is a real off the beaten path gem in Zanesville, Ohio. Sher and I were told to be sure to take in this local treat shop by Alan Cottrill, a local artist. (read about our time with him here.) This favorite shop has been in business since 1948. The history of …

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Apr 14

We shared conversation with Alan Cottrill, master sculptor

The Cottrill sarcophagi

As soon as we had introduced ourselves Alan immediately noticed the small leather medicine bag that I wore around my neck. Understanding proper protocol he did not ask what was carried within. I knew that Sher and I were in for a treat interacting with this gifted and learned sculptor. Alan graciously shared with me …

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Apr 13

We meet the nicest people while traveling

Abe revealed! The molds will be used for the "lost wax" process

We’ve met the nicest people on our travels through the United States. On Monday we were at the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio and Gallery. This is located in Zanesville, Ohio and we almost passed by this town as we were traveling on Interstate 70. Rachael Girton has been working at the Alan Cottrill Studio and …

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Apr 11

We are in Zanesville

Today we are in Zanesville, Ohio. We are on our way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and saw signs for the visitors center for Muskingum Co., so we stopped and it is a pretty neat place. I’m really glad we stopped because we found out where the big Longaberger Basket is. The people at the welcome center …

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Apr 07

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio


The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio is a most remarkable facility. Nestled in the beauty of the Franklin Park, the Conservatory houses a wide varitey of fauna from all over the world. Different ecosystems are represented in different “rooms” within the massive structure. Himalayan Mountain fauna is found in one of …

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Jul 27

Western Fast Draw Shooters

Fast draw shooters with their six guns ready to compete.

The Annie Oakely Festival took place last weekend. This theme festival is held near Greenville, Ohio, the home of the famed markswoman. It seemed fitting that the Ohio Fast Draw Association International held one of their competition shoots at the festival.

Jun 17

Beautiful waterfall and Nature Preserve

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Traveling in the Columbus and Dublin, Ohio area? There is a little gem of a nature park that you really should see. Nestled in a ravine running into the Scioto River in Dublin, Ohio you will find a stunning waterfall in a peaceful setting in the middle of the city. The Griggs Nature Preserve is …

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Mar 30

1916 era monument to National Road “modern imporvements” in Ohio

You are 220 miles from the start of the National Road in Cumberland, MD.

The Eagles Nest monument on the National Road (US 40) was erected around 1916 after a 29 mile stretch of the then umimproved and often nearly impassable road was replaced with concrete. The stretch of highway ran from Zanesville to Hebron. The monument is a large granite rock with some interesting inscriptions carved into the …

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Mar 22

Travel on the National Road (US 40)

This is a section of the very old road! Watch for the signs which will occasionally lead you to a short stretch like this one.

Sher and I are traveling on the National Road, aka US 40. We will be sharing photos of some of the things that we “discovered” along the way. Our first leg was eastbound from Richmond Indiana towards Columbus Ohio. We traced from Columbus east for a while and then returned to Indiana for family business. …

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