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The county boasts an impressive 59 sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic residences built back in the early 19th century still stand today as a testament to the area’s dedication to preserving its past. Notable places include the 1861 Davis-Shai House, the Granville Lifestyle Museum, located within an 1869 home, the 1907 Webb House Museum, the Robbins-Hunter Museum, the Alexandria Museum and the Hufford House Museum.

Newark’s Veterans Park also houses some of the area’s most distinguished historical sites and museums. Located on the acreage is the Sherwood-Davidson House, an 1825 restored structure that is furnished with a wealth of items depicting the county’s heritage, and the popular National Heisey Glass Museum. The 1831 home features two galleries, a media center and an archives area. Visitors can browse through more than 5,000 glass pieces, all of which were made by A.H. Heisey & Co.

The Newark Earthworks State Memorial is another must-see historical attraction. A designated National Historic Landmark, patrons discover 2,000-year-old geometric earthworks that were believed to be established by the Hopewell tribe between 100 BC and AD 500. This ancient wonder once served as a cathedral, cemetery and astronomical observatory. The 50-acre Octagon Earthworks are also part of the complex. Wright Earthworks and The Great Circle Earthworks are further sites to see in the county.

Visitors to the Ridge Interactive Museum in Brownsville learn about Ohio’s Native Americans, while those spending a day at The Works Museum in downtown Newark delve into the world of art, history and technology. Recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, this cultural gathering place is lined with hands-on exhibits and displays and also hosts a variety of gallery exhibitions, concerts, lectures and special events.

Based in Newark is The Longaberger Company, a national maker of handcrafted baskets. Its headquarters are quite hard to miss, as the building was constructed as a replica of the company’s Medium Market Basket. Completing the replication are two basket handles at the top. Nearby Frazeysburg is home to the Longaberger Homestead where visitors can make their own basket, shop through the company’s merchandise and enjoy an assortment of family events.

Those interested in the artsy side of Licking County have plenty of avenues to choose from. Theatre-goers and entertainment seekers relish in the productions at the restored Midland Theatre, Newark’s Licking County Players community theatre, the Weathervane Playhouse and the theatre at Denison University in Granville. Adding to the list of cultural outlets is the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra and the modern Licking County Arts Gallery in downtown Newark.

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