Cambridge, Guernsey County

Welcome to The "Crossroads of America." Awaken your spirit of discovery with unforgettable attractions, foodie finds, alluring outdoor destinations, and more. The small town of Cambridge, where the National Road runs through the center of town, offers some big attractions. And there's no better time than now!

 

The Great Steam Locomotive Museum houses handmade model steam locomotives and details the impact and growth of the American Railroad. Also onsite is the Cambridge Wooden
Toy Company with handmade wooden toys from yesteryear. Students will marvel at the marble
tree and be mesmerized by the model trains, all the while speaking to the craftsman himself – Brian Gray.  www.CambridgeWoodenToyCo.com

Deerassic Park Education Center focuses on providing youth and families with exceptional
outdoor education opportunities. The park features a live deer herd, fishing pond, trails and
more. Opening in 2021 is the Ohio whitetail Deer Hall of Fame. www.Deerassic.com
Experience sitting in an authentic one-room schoolhouse complete with desks slates,
chalkboards and a potbelly stove. Grab a hardhat and lunch pail to learn about the area’s coal
mining history with a life-like replica coal mine at the Guernsey County History Museum.
www.Facebook.com/GuernseyHistory

Revel in “the Greatest Story Ever Told” at The Living Word Outdoor Drama in the summer
months. This nondenominational outdoor theater depicts the moving and powerful life and
ministry of Christ on a spectacular 400-foot panoramic permanent set. A special backstage tour
is available for groups before the performance. www.LivingWordDrama.org

The National Road & Zane Grey Museum is a “three for one” stop with three unique displays
retelling national and regional history. Students/family groups will learn about America’s first
federally funded highway, hear about locally born author, Zane Grey, and see a display of
locally produced art and ceramic pottery. www.OhioHistory.org/NationalRoad
Visit the boyhood home of the late John Glenn, astronaut and U.S Senator, and experience 20th
Century American History. The John & Annie Glenn Museum offers a captivating living history
experience. (A special John Glenn Centennial Celebration will take place in Cambridge this July
and August in honor of what would have been Glenn’s 100th birthday.)
www.JohnandAnnieGlennMuseum.org

See the glassmaking process up close with a free tour of Mosser Glass Factory. Enjoy a
guided tour and witness the excitement of glassmaking at the last remaining hand-pressed
glass factory in the United States. www.MosserGlass.com
Take a hands-on tour at the National Museum of Cambridge Glass to learn about the types of
jobs people had nearly 100 years ago, dress as glassworkers and hold the tools used to
manufacture at the Cambridge Glass Company. Learn about the significance of the town’s placement along the National Road, early America’s busiest route west, at the National Road and Zane Grey Museum. There are even periodic walking tours called, “Forgotten Places & Spaces of Cambridge” that take you through some of the most historic properties in the area.  www.CambridgeGlassMuseum.org

Spend a morning or afternoon at The Wilds, the largest and most innovative wildlife
conservation on nearly 10,000 acres. Located near Cambridge, it is home to rare and
endangered species from around the world. Groups will board an open-air safari May-October
to see and learn about the animals living in open-range habitats. Horseback, fishing and zipline
safaris are available. The Wilds also offers home school programs, camps, and specialty tours.
www.TheWilds.org

Peters Creek S-Bridge is a perfect place to learn about the National Road, an All-American
Scenic Byway. Historic stone arch bridges, S- bridges, derive their name from the sharply
curving approaches to the span. The Peters Creek S-Bridge was built in 1829 with well-cut
sandstone. Streams of traffic used this bridge on the Old National Road that headed for the
western frontier.

The area offers numerous cabins, campsites and hotels for overnight stays.
For more information, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB office at 627 Wheeling
Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email
info@VisitGuernseyCounty.com, or visit VisitGuernseyCounty.com.

The region is home to an amazing vineyard with an even more amazing view! Plan a wine/brew hop through Cambridge and southeast Ohio’s rolling country side to sip and savor a visit to Georgetown Vineyards that sits high atop a scenic ridge overlooking the city of Cambridge and is surrounded by five acres of vineyards. Family owned and operated, the winery specializes in a varied selection of award-winning wines, from dry California styles to sweet Ohio varietals. Wine tastings are offered during normal business hours in the retail shop (Monday through Saturday 11am-8pm). Guests are welcome to explore the grounds and enjoy the view of Cambridge. Order a brick-oven cooked pizza and sip a craft beer from Southside Brewing Co. Many cooking and painting events are offered as well as guest musicians who perform on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Big Foot Sites & Events

Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Ohio Grassman. Whatever you choose to call it, it has been rumored to live in Ohio since the mid-1700s. It has also been rumored to live in Ohio’s largest State Park, Salt Fork! Salt Fork State Park campgrounds hosts several Bigfoot events annually. Hike the trail after dark in search of the legendary Bigfoot with Alan and Jesse from Fathom Frontiers. Hear information about Bigfoot sightings at Salt Fork
and other strange events from members of the Ohio Bigfoot Organization. Next summer, Join Sharon Lee, The Bigfoot Field Reporter, and Alan and Jesse from Fathom Frontiers on a four-day, three-night all-inclusive Bigfoot camp out adventure. Primitive camping, hands-on training, night investigations and all meals, snacks and drinks provided. Family-friendly and no experience required. > Click Here for dates, prices, and more information.

Paul Bunyan Show

One of the nation’s largest and oldest forest industry trade shows, The Official Paul Bunyan Show, is slated for October 2-4, 2020 at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds located just outside of Cambridge (Old Washington). Visitors to the event will find more than 130 exhibitors who represent all facets of the forest industry throughout North America. There will be chainsaw clinics and demonstrations, a skid steer rodeo, heavy equipment demonstrations and more. To learn more, call 888-388-7337 or visit www.ohioforest.org

Salt Fork

Centrally located in Guernsey County, Salt Fork State Park Lodge offers easy access to fascinating points of interest. The Wilds, an animal conservation sanctuary, is one of the area’s highlights, perfect for day-trips to go mountain biking, birding, ziplining, fishing, or taking an open-air safari. Enjoy a sunset expedition along the rolling hills of southern Ohio as you get up-close to rhino and giraffe in natural outdoor habitats.

Theo’s Restaurant

On the west end of Main Street where hometown cooking like Mom used to make is available daily. Whatever you’re hungry for, Theo’s has it for lunch and dinner! Whether it’s a famous Theo’s Coney Dog, Greek Gyro, Mama’s Lasagna, or Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, you’ll be happy you stopped by for dinner! Be sure to save time (and room) to relax with a slice of mile-high peach pie for dessert.