CAMBRIDGE, OHIO – Seasonal attractions are opening throughout Cambridge/Guernsey County in southeast Ohio and have begun to welcome visitors. Plan a weekend getaway to see one or all of the following great experiences.
Guernsey County History Museum – There’s nothing better than a good story. The Guernsey County History Museum, a 188 year old, restored 16-room home, is the keeper of countless stories about the region. Tour the museum and see antique furnishings, products and personal items from Guernsey County’s past, including a display of an authentic one-room school house and a life-like replica of a coal mine from the 1890s. Open May through December on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m. (with extended hours during the holiday season) www.guernseycountyhistory.com.
Farmers Markets – Enjoy fresh off the vine produce at the Cambridge Main Street and the Guernsey County Farmers Market beginning in May. You’ll walk away with bags full of homegrown fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and homemade goods each week. The Guernsey County Farmers Market takes place, except during Fair Week, on Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 12 noon, www.guernseycountyfairgrounds.org and the Main Street Farmers Market is open every Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Historic Downtown Cambridge www.downtowncambridge.com
National Museum of Cambridge Glass – Watch a short vintage film that explains the handmade glassmaking process used by The Cambridge Glass Company (1902-1958). Hold the tools that glassworkers used to produce unique and colorful pieces of glass. See more than 8,000 pieces of Cambridge Glass on display. Or visit the education center to feel the quality of the crystal and do a pencil rubbing from an authentic etching plate. Open April – October on Wednesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. www.cambridgeglass.org
Stone House Museum – In 1837 Benjamin Kennedy, whose ancestors hailed from Ireland and Scotland, purchased an 80-acre tract of land in Guernsey County, and built a two-story home from sandstone quarried nearby. In 2002, the Stone House Museum (the last remaining original homestead structure) was converted into a museum and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open May – October Friday through Monday 1-5 p.m. www.kennedystonehouse.org.
the Wilds – The entire family will enjoy experiencing one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. This completely immersive experience offers safari tours, zip line tours, horseback riding, fishing, and more, including one-of-kind, hands-on educational opportunities. The Wilds is open daily May through September and on Saturday and Sunday in October. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. www.thewilds.org
John & Annie Glenn Museum – Learn about life during the Great Depression and the Home Front during WW II through a captivating living history presentation. Open May-October on Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m. www.johnglennhome.org
National Road & Zane Grey Museum – This Ohio Historical Society Facility tells the story of the building of the National Road and the settlement of America’s Midwest. Also featured is an exhibit on author Zane Grey, the “Father of Western Fiction” and a spectacular collection of locally-made Art Pottery. Open May-October on Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m. www.ohiohistory.org
The Living Word Outdoor Drama – The Living Word is a non-denominational amphitheater depicting the moving and powerful life and ministry of Christ. “The greatest story ever told” is presented on a spectacular 400 foot panoramic permanent set. The 2017 season takes place June 16 through September 30. www.livingworddrama.org.
For more information on area attractions, events and overnight packages, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 800-933-5480, email info@VisitGuernseyCounty.com, or log onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com.