Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tell Me About Your Roots...............

Good morning all,
I was thinking last night about my recipe post and the pics of a hometown cowboy, Hopalong Cassidy. It gave me an idea. We may post pics of our homes , crafts and families, but I am interested in knowing things about your town. So, I thought I would start . Let me tell you a little about my hometown, Cambridge, Ohio

Cambridge is the county seat of Guernsey County, Ohio. Residents named the town after Cambridge, Maryland. In 1806, residents established the town, which was located along Zane's Trace. Eventually, the National Road also passed through the community, making Cambridge a center of trade.
Cambridge grew relatively quickly. Nearly one thousand people resided in the community by 1840. The town consisted of four churches, nine stores, one flour and two fulling mills, and one newspaper office. By the American Civil War, two railroads intersected in the town, causing further growth. By 1880, 2,833 residents lived in Cambridge, and the town now included five newspaper offices, seven churches, and three banks. Numerous manufacturing businesses operated in the town. In 1886, the largest employer was the Cambridge Chair Factory, with seventy-five employees. Other businesses manufactured doors, iron roofs, and buggies, among other items. During the late 1880s and the early 1890s, residents discovered deposits of natural gas and oil. These two items led to the creation of a glass-making industry. While the city's glass production declined during the twentieth century, a tourist industry, consisting largely of glass collectors, arose in its place.
During the twentieth century, Cambridge continued to grow in population. In 2000, the community had 11,520 people. This amounted to over twenty-five percent of Guernsey County's total population. Many residents currently find employment in travel-related businesses, with both Interstate 70 and Interstate 77 passing through Cambridge.

John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio) is a former United States Senator who first rose to fame as the first American to orbit the Earth as an astronaut in NASA's Mercury program. Glenn began his career as a Marine Corps fighter pilot before joining the Mercury Seven, NASA's original astronaut group. He orbited the Earth aboard Friendship 7 in 1962. After retiring from NASA, he served in the Senate from 1974 to 1999, serving as a Democrat and representing the state of Ohio.
He was honored with a Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 and was inducted into the Astronauts Hall of Fame in 1990. He became the oldest person to fly in space and the only person to fly on the first and most recent US space programs (Mercury and Shuttle programs) when, at the age of 77 in 1998, he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95). Glenn and M. Scott Carpenter are the last surviving members of the Mercury Seven as of September 2008.

In the early 1900s, Guernsey County, and particularly Cambridge, became known worldwide for its production of quality glass, mainly from The Cambridge Glass Company. Today, Cambridge glass is a much sought-after collectible. The company produced thousands of designs and color combinations, considered one of the finest quality glassware lines in the world.

Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season.The Dickens Victorian Village is the most unique holiday tour destination in the Midwest!


Have a Great Weekend, Kim


  1. Thanks for posting all about your great town and loved learning that John Glenn was born there. The Dickens Christmas has to be just beautiful at that time of year too!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Kim,
    Awesome History of your home town!!
    I loved that! I will have to get an education on my home town!! I don't even know half of that about mine!!! I love your dickens victoria village christmas that would be really neat to see!!

    Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Very sweet to hear from you!


  3. thanks for posting, rondell and debi!1 i cant wait to hear about your towns. ;)

  4. I really enjoyed reading all about your town! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I really enjoyed reading about your hometown!! Hope you have a wonderfu day!


  6. I love this blog! What a great idea! I just started blogging yesterday and this is just a wonderful way to start off! I, too, am from Ohio...Champaign County to be exact and I think I could do this! Thanks for the idea! ~Beth~

  7. I love history!!! This was so interesting to me. Thank -you for the post..m.

  8. I love Cambridge....We goto a wonderful Antique Mall in Downtown.There is also a great place to eat ,wonderful homemade food.We plan our trips to Cambridge around eating and antiques!
    It was a treat last year to visit during December and to see the Dicken's displays.