Al Mudgett, the founder of Mudgett’s Monuments, started in the monument industry in 1936 in Vermont. He moved to Ohio with his wife, Lena, and four children and they started Mudgett’s Monuments in 1962, in front of their house, on East Pike in Zanesville, Ohio. Over the years, Al and Lena and their four children built up the monument business. Many years before Al and Lena retired, Kim Mudgett, one of their sons, decided to officially join the family monument business, while working around his job as a Zanesville firefighter.

Al & Lena Mudgett Founders Mudgett's Monuments.
Kim Margaret Mudgett

In 1987

Kim and Margaret Mudgett took over the business and moved the business to its present location at 5705 East Pike, Zanesville, Ohio, which is only 1/4 of a mile away.

Over the years, Kim and Margaret took pride in helping families create meaningful monuments to honor their loved ones. They also made a point to give back to the community by donating time, services, and public monuments, when they noticed a need. As time went on, Reid decided to join Mudgett’s Monuments and work with his Dad and Mom to make a career within the monument industry. Over the years, Reid has attended many monument training seminars at the Elberton Granite Association and the Monument Builders of North America Association and he was awarded a Mark of Excellence, in the design competition, presented at the 85th annual convention of the MBNA Association in Las Vegas. Reid continues to design and complete all the sandblast carvings and lettering that you see on all the monuments in our displays. He takes pride in creating the lasting monument that our customers have asked him to complete.

Reid & Lisa Mudgett

In January 2013

Kim and Margaret decided to retire and let the 3rd generation of the Mudgett family, Reid, and his wife, Lisa, take over the running of the business.

Although Kim and Margaret have retired, you will still see them stopping out for a visit, as their time permits. After all, this is a family business and the “family” is always welcome to come over. Lisa brought her background of working, as an office manager, in a financial advisor’s office, to Mudgett’s Monuments. Her experience of helping clients understand their complicated investments, providing friendly service and accurate answers to questions have been bonus skills that convert to the skills needed by Mudgett’s Monuments customers when they discuss their monument purchases with her. Reid’s design skills and experience helping and working full time, in the family business, since he was a little one, and Lisa’s background with helping people and running an office is making Mudgett’s Monuments grow.

Mudgetts Monuments Custom Granite Engraving

As of 2024

We are now providing jobs for 5 full time and 1 part time employee.

We regularly hire 3-7 additional local independent contractors and use the services of many other local businesses.

We also are continuing the tradition of designing and engraving your monument in our shop. We install your cemetery monuments ourselves. This hands on approach is to ensure that the best quality product is created for your loved one. Our expertise will surpass the quality of our competitors because we do the engraving in our shop, make all the design engraving technique decisions and properly install your monument based on our years of experience. Our reputation and your happiness motivate us to make your monument beautiful and meaningful for all future generations to come.

Mudgett’s Monument’s top priority has always been and will always be our customer’s satisfaction. Selecting a monument for a loved one is a stressful task to complete and Mudgett’s Monuments will continue the family tradition of maintaining a pleasant atmosphere, without high-pressure sales, while delivering a product that families are happy with.