Welcome to Muskingum County Extension! We gratefully acknowledge the continued help and support of our Muskingum County Commissioners. Their input and participation into our programming efforts is appreciated.
Muskingum County is a rural/suburban county in east-central Ohio. In the 1790s, a settlement was established at the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers as Colonel Ebenezer Zane and his son-in-law John McIntire blazed Zane’s Trace, the original pioneer trail into the old Northwest Territory. Zanesville served as the capital of Ohio from 1810 to 1812.
Today Muskingum County has a population of about 86,000 with Zanesville being the largest city (about 28,000 residents). The community has grown into a regional center for manufacturing and diversified services. Major employers include a regional hospital, county and city governmental agencies, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, medical services, public educational institutions, food processors, hospitality services, basket manufacturer, distribution and warehouse centers, oil and gas field services, retail stores and transportation services. Muskingum County is home to Muskingum University, Ohio University-Zanesville and Zane State College. The county covers 673 square miles.
Muskingum County has a rich historical and cultural heritage. The world famous Y- Bridge, National Road, Zanesville Museum of Art, pottery manufacturers and retailers, Longaberger baskets, the Wilds, Dillon and Blue Rock State Parks and an active art community provide many cultural and recreational experiences and opportunities for both residents and visitors.