A new school year is about to begin. Are you in a mad dash to plan and enjoy a vacation? We have just the right combination of events for every member of the family to enjoy.
Sharpen those axes and snap those suspenders! The Official Paul Bunyan Show, one of the nation's largest and oldest forest industry trade shows, takes place each October at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds in Old Washington, Ohio. Visitors to the show find more than 130 exhibitors who represent all facets of the forest industry throughout North America. Representatives are on site to showcase equipment, manpower and the dedication that has made the industry what it is today.
Summertime is the perfect time to get out and attend special fairs, festivals and events in Cambridge/Guernsey County.
It just wouldn't be summer in Cambridge without the free Concerts in the Park series by the Cambridge City Band, the oldest community band (cr. 1841) in the State of Ohio.
The drama for the ages is presented every June through September on a spectacular 400-footpanoramic set replicating Old Jerusalem. The Living Word Outdoor Drama is the only live drama presentation of its kind in the state. For more than 40 years, the cast has presented the Life and Ministry of Christ.
The Cambridge City Park comes alive with the Salt Fork Festival the second weekend in August. More than 200 artists participate in this unique festival. Special features include craft classes, entertainment, fine arts and crafts, demonstrations, performing arts, showcase of Ohio foods, youth art display and much more.
Mark your calendar for the annual National Cambridge Glass Collectors Show & Sale each June. And the entire family will enjoy a day of fun during the annual National Road Riders Bike Show.
Visitors vote on their favorite bike, watch a Bike Rodeo, and enjoy live music and more!
Cambridge also plays host to one of the hottest Fourth of July events in Ohio! The annual “Boomarama” is not just about fireworks. It provides an opportunity for families to gather at the City Park and enjoy food provided by local vendors with a bevy of musical entertainment. Car shows, corn hole tournaments, and a fireworks extravaganza celebrate the nation's birthday.
Spring brings everything to life, including a bevy of wonderful events in Cambridge/Guernsey County.
During the spring months, mark your calendar to attend performances at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview for a foot stompin' good time. Take in a live theatrical performance at Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center. Relax at a concert by the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market. Or hit the road for the Annual National Road Yard Sale Day each Memorial Day Weekend.
Just in case you think this small town "rolls up its sidewalks" in the evening, as the old proverbial saying goes, Cambridge and the surrounding area can be a happening place at nighttime!
First, you have all of our eclectic eateries with their cool bars which is a great way to spend an evening out with friends. On weekends, you can take in the view of the city and eat oven fired pizza and drink wine or craft beer at Georgetown Vineyards.
If you want to boogie the night away, try Downtown Arena. They bring in bands weekly on Saturday night...and their food, especially their pizza is delish!
On the artsy side, we offer a plethora of entertainment whether it's taking in a play by local performers in our downtown historic district at the Cambridge Performance Art Centre or a Broadway show at our state of the art Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center. Lots of musical performances take place in the beautiful Scottish Rite Auditorium as well. If it's bluegrass that gets your toes to tappin', you will want to check out the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview on Friday nights where well-known bluegrass bands play. In the summer time, our Cambridge City Band offers free concerts on Thursday evenings in our picturesque city park.
John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate Calvary entered Guernsey County on July 23, 1863. The uninvited guests raided and pillaged the area. Four interpretive signs throughout the county detail their journey. Learn if they escaped or were captured!
In July of 1863, Union victories at both Gettysburg and Vicksburg, convinced the North that the war was nearly won. A determined group of Southern soldiers, however, sought to sow doubt that the South would still prevail.
On July 2, 1863, John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate Cavalry started moving north through Kentucky on a raid that would encompass three states and 950 miles. His 2000 man cavalry entered Ohio on July 13, 1863 spreading fear throughout the villages in Ohio. Scared citizens buried their silver and hid their horses.
Morgan's men crossed Southern Ohio, while being constantly pursued by Union forces. Morgan's plan was to cross back into West Virginia near Portland, Ohio at a ford of the river known as Buffington Island. It was here that a battle took place on July 19, 1863. Morgan lost nearly half of his men during the battle, and barely escaped with approximately 700 men remaining.
Morgan and his men entered Guernsey County near sundown on July 23. Worn out from the constant pursuit of Union forces and hours in the saddle, the Southern men sought a brief respite in the village of Cumberland. The uninvited guests visited homes and demanded food and rest. Nearly 100 horses were also either bought or stolen by the Confederates to replace the worn out steeds that they had thoroughly abused. The local population complied with these demands, seeking only to remain uninjured as trepidation spread throughout the region.
By 10pm, the raiders had vacated Cumberland. With the forced aid of local men as guides, they traveled east through Point Pleasant, (now Pleasant City), Hartford, (now Buffalo), and arrived at Senecaville in the early morning hours of Friday, July 24. With reports of Union reinforcement to the east, the raiders turned north towards Campbell's Station, but not before acquiring more food and horses from residents. Legend has it that Morgan had a strange encounter with a local Union Soldiers wife, the story described by an interpretive marker at this spot.
Near dawn, Morgan and his men arrived at Campbell's Station, (now Lore City), inflicting the harshest damage of the raid. They burned a bridge, several railcars, a tobacco warehouse and stole nearly 4,000 dollars from a safe. This attack was thought to be retaliation for damages wrecked on Kentucky towns earlier in the war by Laughlin's Union Cavalry, made up of several Guernsey County men.
From there, the Confederates thundered north to Washington, (now Old Washington), and commandeered meals from the proprietors of the American Hotel. Many of the raiders spread out through town to rest, or ravage the local stores of wares and supplies. One story relates to the women serving Morgan's men a meal noticed a very young Confederate boy in their ranks. Quietly they stole him away to a safe location, and afterward sent him home to his Southern mother... who thanked the Northern ladies for such a blessing.
This respite proved dangerous for Morgan's men as Union Cavalry had now arrived at Washington, shelling the city from a hill south of town and attacking the surprised Confederates, Morgan and his men escaped both North and East... to fight another day.
As you travel Guernsey County's portion of the Morgan Heritage Trail, be sure to stop at the 4 interpretive markers located in Cumberland, Senecaville, Lore City and Old Washington. This great and historical period is well documented along the entire John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail and these markers serve as your storyteller to these interesting events. Download the brochure.