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The Village of Norwich assisted ONRA in welcoming visitors by installing American flags along the historic National Road. As shown here, Councilperson Jerry Allison placed his trust in the Old Stone House Nursery’s Kelly Lenhart as she steadied the ladder.

The Ralph Hardesty Stone House Interpretive sign was unveiled by (left to right): ONRA President Dean Ringle, Norwich Mayor Lisa West and Village Council President Redge Wilde.Photo by Joe Clark Photography

The sixteenth Ohio National Road Interpretive sign was unveiled on August 25, 2011. The sign, commemorating the Ralph Hardesty Stone House, is located in Muskingum County at 10405 Main Street (a bypassed segment of the original National Road) in Norwich, OH 43767.

Shown is the Ohio National Road Interpretive sign awaiting unveiling. It is installed in front of the Old Stone House Nursery with ample parking available for easy access to the sign.

ONRA President Dean Ringle (standing) represented the Association at the unveiling and was joined by speakers (seated left to right): Norwich Village Council President Redge Wilde, former ONRA President and ceremony emcee Cyndie Gerken, and Old Stone House Nursery owner Tom Taylor.

Old Stone House Nursery owner Tom Taylor (at left, behind sign) spoke to the sizable crowd that was on hand to witness the unveiling, and everyone in attendance enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the historic National Road in Norwich. Photo by Joe Clark Photography

Representatives from the Village of Norwich included (left to right): Council President Redge Wilde, Mayor Lisa West, and Council members Karen Cole and Jerry Allison. Photo by Joe Clark Photography

An outstanding reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Old Stone House Nursery’s Tom Taylor and Kelly Lenhart was held following the ceremony. ONRA also had a display table (shown here) showcasing promotional and fund-raising items.

The Ohio National Road Association Board was well-represented at the unveiling. Shown (left to right) are: Muskingum County representative Elizabeth Reeb, Licking County rep Larry Bicking, Muskingum County rep and ONRA Secretary Mary Ellen Weingartner, Franklin County rep and ONRA President Dean Ringle, Miami County rep and ONRA recent-past President Cyndie Gerken, Franklin County rep and Signage Committee Chair Mike Peppe, and Guernsey County rep Ed Wagstaff. Photo by Joe Clark Photography

The interior of the Ralph Hardesty Stone House has remained relatively unchanged, and was opened for the attendees to tour after the unveiling ceremony. ONRA recent-past President Cyndie Gerken reluctantly posed for photographer Joe Clark inside the 1836 house. Seen in the background is one of the house’s original fireplaces. Photo by Joe Clark Photography

To find the Old Stone House Nursery and the Ohio National Road Interpretive sign, follow US 40 east from Zanesville and turn north on Norwich Drive. Continue east on Norwich Drive which becomes Main Street in Norwich, and the sign will be on the north side in front of the stone house. While in Norwich, visit the small memorial and historical marker also on the north side of Norwich Drive, at the eastern end of the village which commemorates the first fatal traffic accident in Ohio.