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CAMBRIDGE, OHIO (May 27, 2014) – The Visitors & Convention Bureau recently launched a new brochure and website page with the assistance of Dr. Lorle Porter and Tom Snyder to promote Guernsey County’s portion of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail that features four interpretive heritage signs located in the county.
The 557-mile long trail consists of 56 interpretive signs and more than 600 specialized directional signs in Ohio. The trail generally follows the path of Confederate Brigadier-General John Hunt Morgan’s 1863 Indiana-Ohio Raid (also known as the Great Raid or Ohio Raid).
From July 13 – July 26, 1863, John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate cavalry pillaged towns and villages in Ohio until they were finally forced to surrender near West Point in Columbiana County. During that time, Morgan and his raiders left their mark in Guernsey County, making quite an impact on its citizens. On the evening of July 23, 1863, they entered Cumberland and confiscated horses and supplies. Leaving around 10 p.m., they traveled all night and arrived at the crossroads near Senecaville.
Following the directions of citizens, the raiders proceeded northward to present day Lore City, arriving near dawn on July 24. They laid a hand of heavy destruction in that town. Hot pursuit by Union Cavalry kept the Confederates moving northward where they took respite in the village of Washington (now known as Old Washington). By mid-morning, Union Cavalry had reached Morgan and his band of resting raiders, and a significant skirmish ensued.
The new interpretive signs present the historical information and stories about Morgan’s Indiana-Ohio Raid as it pertains to the location where each sign is placed. Each interpretive sign contains text and pictures which describe the scene as it would have appeared in 1863 to a person watching Morgan’s men ride by.
As you travel Guernsey County’s portion of the Morgan Heritage Trail, be sure to stop at the four interpretive markers located in Cumberland, Senecaville, Lore City and Old Washington.
To learn more about the raid, log on to VisitGuernseyCounty.com or contact us for the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail Rack Card.
CAMBRIDGE, OH (May 22, 2014) – The warmer weather ushers in a new season of visitors to Guernsey County area attractions and events. Many of the region’s attractions open in May and June for the season.
Stone House Museum – The Kennedys once lived here. Well, OK…so it’s not the Kennedys you’re thinking of, but none the less a Kennedy clan did stake their claim here. 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. During the mid-1900s the State of Ohio purchased the land and transformed it into Salt Fork State Park. 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. To learn more, call 740-439-3521 or visit www.kennedystonehouse.org.
Farmers Markets – Both the Cambridge Main Street and Guernsey County Farmers Markets are open for the season. You can take your pick from homegrown fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and homemade goods at either market. The Guernsey County Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 8am-12noon at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. The Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market opens every Friday from 9am-1pm near the Guernsey County Courthouse in downtown Cambridge. Take your pick or visit both! For more information, check out www.guernseycountyfarmersmarket.com.
The Living Word Outdoor Drama - The Living Word is a non-denominational amphitheater depicting the moving and powerful life and ministry of Christ. Presenting “the greatest story ever told” on a spectacular 400 foot panoramic permanent set, you will witness His last days from the Sermon on the Mount to His Ascension. See and hear His teachings of love and forgiveness, His betrayal, the Crucifixion, and His triumphant Resurrection! Experience this beautiful and inspiring production and be changed! Season opens on Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 20. Tickets: Adults: $18; Children (4-12): $5; Seniors (60 and up): $16; Group rate for 20 or more adults: $15. To learn more, call 740-439-2761 or visit www.livingworddrama.org.
the Wilds - One of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world, is located on 10,000 acres near Cambridge. Home to rare and endangered species from around the world, visitors can board a guided Safari Transport or Open-Air Safari to see and learn about the animals living in open-range habitats, including a visit to the Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center. The Wilds is open daily May through September and on
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Saturday and Sunday in October. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Log on to www.thewilds.org to learn more.
Zipline Safari Tour at the Wilds - Enjoy the Wilds from an aerial perspective! Led by two professionally trained guides, this 2 ½ hour zipline safari tour consists of 10 ziplines and a rappel built on a series of observation platforms overlooking various exotic animal species that are home to the Wilds. You'll zip along a network of cables, through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes, and pastures, finally landing among the amazing giraffes. This tour is designed to excite anyone with a love for wildlife and a bit of adventure. Don’t miss this incredible, first of its kind, outdoor experience during your visit to the Wilds! To reserve your tour, log onto www.zipthewilds.com.
John & Annie Glenn Museum - Experience history and learn about life during the Great Depression and the Home Front during WWII through a captivating living history presentation. Open May - October Wed. - Sat. 10am - 4pm and Sun. 1pm - 4pm. Will open for groups by appointment. Adults - $7.00 Seniors (55 & up) - $6.00 Groups of 10 or more - $6.00 ea. Students of all ages - $3.00. Students in organized groups - $2.00. Children under 6 – free. For more information, visit www.johnglennhome.org.
National Road/Zane Grey Museum - This Ohio Historical Society Facility, managed by the John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation, 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. Guided tours; buses welcome. May through October Wed. – Sat. 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm. Check out www.ohiohistory.org for more information.
The Guernsey-Noble Safety Council will meet tomorrow, May 28th at 8 am at the BWC Office in the Walmart shopping plaza. This month's topic is Drugs in the Workplace, and the speakers will be representatives from the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office.