Friday, May 25, 2012

Zanesville's Main Street joins National Road Yard Sale | Zanesville Times Recorder |

Zanesville's Main Street joins National Road Yard Sale | Zanesville Times Recorder |

ZANESVILLE --Although Zanesville's Main Street is part of the Ohio Historic National Road, until this year it has yet to be a part of the National Road Yard Sale, stretching 824 miles from Baltimore, Md., to St. Louis, Mo.

All that will change during Super Saturday, June 2, when Main Street will be lined with tables offering roadside treasures as part of the 7th annual yard sale that spans six states. Spaces are available for $10 per 8-foot space by calling Jeff Snyder at the Old Town Antique Mall at (740) 453-8694.

"I think that the more people we get involved in this, the bigger it is going to get," Snyder said, "Being a part of the biggest yard sale in the country is good for Zanesville."

The National Road was the only road to be funded entirely by the federal government and was commissioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1806. Also known as the "Road That Built the Nation," "The Old Trails Road," "The Cumberland Road," "The National Pike" and "The Old Pike," the National Road opened a trail to new settlement and eventually stretched 800 miles as the foundation for U.S. 40, which would link the country from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Although U.S. 40 no longer reaches from ocean to ocean, ending outside of Park City, Utah, it remains a part of the National Scenic Byways program with Zanesville's Y Bridge listed as one of its many historic sites.

Fueled by the District Downtown group of downtown residents, artists, churches and businesses, the yard sale welcomes nonprofit groups and booster organizations to participate, according to Main Street business owner Pam Uddin of Two Peas Antiques and Art.

"Spaces are selling fast. It's going to be a terrific opportunity for people and groups to bring their own table and be a part of the National Road Yard Sale," Uddin said. "It keeps growing and growing. In our two-block area, we have it mapped out for 102 tables. At only $10 per space, people will make their money back in no time."

Becoming a part of the National Road Yard Sale this year is a first because the annual Gus Macker basketball tournament had presented a conflict in previous years.

"Others on Route 40 on either side of town had been able to participate, but not the downtown that the National Road runs right through," Uddin said. "Our downtown is on its way up."

Proceeds from table reservations will benefit the District Downtown's efforts to promote downtown Zanesville. Links to area Ohio Historic National Road Yard Sale Days participants can be found at nationalroadyardsale.

Posted via email from Tony Burkhart

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