|Notable natives and residents
|Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh - American explorer,
writer, and topographer of the Colorado River, Alaska, and
|James J. Gibson – American psychologist
|William Lawrence - Republican politician involved with the
attempt to impeach Andrew Johnson, creating the United
States Department of Justice, helping to create the
American Red Cross, and ratifying the Geneva Convention
|Otho F. Strahl - Brigadier general in the Confederate Army
who was killed at the Battle of Franklin
|Seth Thomas - appointed to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President Franklin D.
|Thomas Tipton - former Senator from Nebraska
|GAYLORD, James Madison, a Representative |
from Ohio; born in Zanesville, Ohio, May 29, 1811;
moved to McConnelsville, Ohio, in 1818.
|JOHNSON, Perley Brown, a Representative from |
Ohio; born in the blockhouse in Marietta, Ohio,
September 8, 1798; attended the public schools;
studied medicine; commenced practice in Marietta in
1822; moved to McConnelsville, Morgan County,
Ohio, in 1823.
|TOMPKINS, Cydnor Bailey, (father of Emmett |
Tompkins), a Representative from Ohio; born near
St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, November 8,
1810; moved with his parents to Morgan County in
1831 and settled near McConnelsville.
|Country United States
• Total 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
• Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
• Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 692 ft (211 m)
• Total 1,676
• Density 953.7/sq mi (368.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
• Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43756
Area code(s) 740
Prefix(s) 962, 651
FIPS code 39-45822
GNIS feature ID 1061495
McConnelsville is located at 39°38′56″N 81°51′7″W / 39.64889°N 81.85194°W / 39.64889; -81.85194 (39.648915, -81.851954).
 It is on the east bank of the Muskingum River, opposite Malta, Ohio.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square
miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.85%) is water.
As the town's water tower proudly proclaims, McConnelsville "was the Home of the Hawk Battalion."
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,676 people, 805 households, and 445 families residing in the village. The population
density was 953.7 people per square mile (367.7/km²). There were 881 housing units at an average density of 501.3 per square
mile (193.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.70% White, 1.49% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.06%
Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.
There were 805 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples
living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.6% were non-families. 42.4% of all
households were made up of individuals and 26.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 22.7%
from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were
77.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $25,563, and the median income for a family was $39,769. Males had a
median income of $31,615 versus $19,537 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,818. About 13.7% of
families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those
age 65 or over.
Burr Oak State Park offers 28 miles of walking trails that lead past scenic vistas and unique rock outcroppings. Backpackers
can test their skill on the Burr Oak Backpack trail's 23-mile loop that winds around the lake shore and offers primitive camping.
Wildlife sightings in the 2,500-acre park can include white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, box turtles and wild turkey.
Five covered bridges can be viewed in the area. Only one is currently open to vehicle traffic. Driving directions are available at
the Morgan County Visitors Center.
Visitors can learn about the area's history at several outdoor attractions.
Muskingum River Lock #7, a popular attraction, was built in McConnelsville between 1836 and 1841. Visitors can watch as the
lock attendant turns a large iron handle to raise the water level, allowing boats to float into the lock. The attendant then lowers
the water inside the lock and lets the boats fall to the level of the river at the lock's opposite end. On summer weekends,
approximately 25 boats a day pass through the 21.5-foot-long wooden gates.
Lock #7, is one of 10 locks on the Muskingum River between Dillion and Marietta. The series of locks have the distinction of
being both the first and last hand-operated locks in the country.
Coal mining played an important role in the history and economy of the area. American Electric Power (AEP) offers 42,000
acres of public access recreational land on reclaimed surface mines. Activities at AEP Recreation Land include hiking, mountain
biking, camping and fishing on 350 lakes and ponds.
Visitors to AEP Recreation Land can learn about the area's mining heritage at Miner's Memorial Park. The Big Muskie Bucket,
with its 325 tone capacity, is the park's centerpiece. The bucket was part of the world's largest dragline, considered to be one of
the seven engineering wonders of the world. The dragline operated at Muskingum Mine from 1969 to 1991.
Nearly 10,000 acres of land mined by Big Muskie were donated to the International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals
in 1986 to create the Wilds, North America's largest open-range preserve for threatened and endangered species.
Visitors can experience some of the planet's rarest wildlife roaming through a spacious habitat of rolling grassland, dense forest
and 150 lakes. The diverse inhabitants include endangered species of antelope, camel, crane, rhino, giraffe, zebra, gazelle and
bison. Excellent photography opportunities are available from strategic viewing points and during guided tours of the wildlife
NAVIGATING THE LOCKS
Traveling through the Muskingum River locks is an added bonus to visiting McConnelsville.
Contact the Muskingum River State Park office at (740) 674-4794 for current lock operating hours and fee rates when planning
As you approach a lock, signal with one long and one short horn or whistle last. It must be loud enough to be heard over the
roar of the dam. The lock technicians monitor channel 13 on marine radios.
After entering the lock, boaters must secure their craft to mooring cables on the lock walls. The lockmaster will assist. Boaters
must be prepared to take in or let out the mooring line in relation to the water level. Each boater must provide their own mooring
line of at least 50 feet.
The locks are open April through October.
|Village of McConnelsville