Often called the "Crossroads of America," Cambridge is found nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along I-70 and I-77.
National attention is gained annually as visitors flock to enjoy the Dickens Victorian Village and the Official Paul Bunyan Show, not to mention numerous other special events - such as Ohio's only outdoor Passion play, the Living Word Outdoor Drama.
Long ago the Delaware, Shawnee, Wyandotte, Miami, Chippewa, and Mingo Tribes traveled the forest trails that spread throughout Guernsey County. Sites used by the Indians for camps in the county included Trail Run, Salt Fork, Fish Basket, and Indian Camp.
In 1796 Ebenezer Zane received funds to cut a road from Ohio to Kentucky. He responded, naming one of the first settlements in honor of Cambridge, Maryland. Actually, the land on which part of Cambridge stands was granted to a Zaccheus Biggs and Zaccheus Beatty by the government in 1801. Another group of early settlers from the Isle of Guernsey in the British Channel pitched camp in 1806 in Cambridge because the women in the party refused to move on.
Thus, the new County of Guernsey was formed a few years later in 1810. Central to the history of the area was the building of the National Road (U.S. Route 40) through Cambridge in 1827. Many bridges were built in that era, including construction of the first bridge authorized in the Northwest Territory. Some of the bridges curved, as evidenced by several 'S' bridges which still survive.
Early in the 1900's, the county, and particularly Cambridge became synonymous with quality glass. Production of Cambridge Glass ceased many years ago but collectors who appreciate quality glass still visit Cambridge for Mosser Glass and the National Museum of Cambridge Glass. Collectors also look for antiques which reflect the great glass industry that once flourished in Guernsey County.
The crown jewel of the county though, is the abundance of recreational opportunities. Hunting, fishing, camping and golfing are centerpieces for the region. Ohio's largest state park, Salt Fork, and the state's third largest lake, Seneca Lake, are found within Guernsey County. Did we also mention that the Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world is also located here for seasonal safari tours?
William Boyd portrayed the beloved cowboy, Hopalong Cassidy in the 1950’s. Throughout stores and businesses downtown in Cambridge, you will find displays of Hoppy memorabilia dedicated to our hometown boy. Not far from town is the John and Annie Glenn Museum detailing the famed astronaut's life. And don't forget the historic National Road (Route 40) running through the heart of Guernsey County that features specialty shops, antiques, a museums and glass factories.
For foodies, we offer a plethora of experiences, whether it’s enjoying a glass of wine or a craft beer overlooking a breathtaking view of our Historic Downtown Cambridge, stopping by one of our sin-sational bakeries or eating at one of our many local diners and eateries, you will savor the taste of Ohio!