By Heather Rader
Posted On: Oct 24, 2015
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Ohio, in historic Guernsey County, is the charming city of Cambridge. With the convenient location at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 77, Cambridge attracts many short stay visitors. But just a few miles off the interstate, sits Historic Downtown Cambridge, a small historic town with Americana charms along the Historic National Road (US 40).
Historic Downtown Cambridge, was founded in 1803, and named after Cambridge, Maryland. With its location along Zane’s Trace and the National Road, Cambridge quickly became a center of trade and lured several industries to develop in the 1800’s. With buildings originating from the mid-to-late 1800’s, the historic district delights visitors. Taking a stroll down Wheeling Avenue (the historic National Road), visitors can find antique and home décor shops, an Art Market, candy and coffee shops, a restored marketplace, historical museums, a theatre, and locally owned restaurants. A visit to a historic downtown, like Cambridge, is the perfect way to enjoy Ohio’s small towns, to support local shops and restaurants, and to learn about Ohio’s history!
I originally visited Cambridge for my blog, Ohio Girl Travels, and found wonderful local attractions, restaurants and shops. I would recommend visiting local favorites such as:
McKenna’s Market is located in a historic 1800’s building. Originally, the marketplace was an eatery called the Guernsey Dairy Lunch. Renovations of the historic building exposed the original ceilings, brick, hardwood and beautiful mosaic tile floors! The marketplace now features Ohio-made products, a deli counter, and the Guernsey Kitchen restaurant.
National Museum of Cambridge Glass showcases glassware from the internationally known Cambridge Glass Company which produced quality glassware from 1902 to 1958. The museum features more than 6,000 pieces of highly-collectable glassware, the Cambridge Glass goes Hollywood exhibit, and original factory items (doors, shelving, etching plates, etc.) from the now demolished factory.
Art Market 649 is a small art gallery in the historic downtown district. This open space showcases the creativity and talent of local artists.
Whenever I visit a new town, I love sampling foods from local bakery shops and restaurants. The Guernsey Kitchen, Theo’s Restaurant, Kennedy’s Bakery, and Nothing But Chocolate are a few of the local’s favorites.
Other museums and nearby attractions include: the Hopalong Cassidy Museum, the Guernsey County History Museum, the Living Word Outdoor Drama, Stone House Museum, Georgetown Vineyards, Salt Fork State Park, and the Wilds.
Also, don't forget to mark your calendar this holiday for Dickens Victorian Village- where the town is transformed into a old-fashioned holiday scene.
Historic Downtown Cambridge is a charming town in the heart of Guernsey County. With beautiful surrounding landscapes, friendly locals, wonderful locally-owned businesses, and historic charm, a visit to Cambridge is sure to be memorable!