Although we are a popular tourist site, we are primarily an educational facility dedicated to helping children, particularly those in Appalachia, achieve their highest potential.
We have developed programs for all age groups which follow the Ohio educational standards. Our tours include an educational video concerning John Glenn’s life and contributions to our country, living history with trained actors on the main floor of the home, and guided tours through the four bedrooms on the second floor that are filled with memorabilia from John’s lifetime, including his bedroom.
While in New Concord we are able to offer tours of the William Rainey Harper two story log cabin built right along Main Street, the National Road. This 19th century log cabin enables us to view the boyhood life of Harper, the first president of the University of Chicago.
No visit to New Concord would be complete without a tour of Muskingum University founded in 1837. Also on the edge of town is a fully restored S Bridge, one of many built along the National Road. There you may enjoy your lunch as you envision horses, wagons and stagecoaches moving west along the busy highway.
Continuing along the National Road you may highly consider a stop at the National Road/Zane Grey Museum where there is an exceptional 136 foot diorama that invites you to learn about the construction of the National Road. Also included in the museum is a display and information concerning the author Zane Grey. In the central portion of the museum is a very fine collection of Art pottery from the local potteries which thrived in this area.
Not only do learners of all ages get an exceptional history lesson, but they can avail themselves of programs which inspire in history, art, math and science.