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Bucyrus is the bratwurst capital, in Zanesville its pottery and in Cambridge — elegant glass. Over the years, sub-cultures and traditions are built along with whatever the factories are spitting out. Original glass is still produced in Cambridge. You can witness it up close and personal. And what a treat it is to see molten globs of liquid glass hammered and shaped into delightful pieces that will be displayed with pride by its eventual owner.

Cambridge glass has been the toast of the town for more than years. Manufacturing glass in the tri-state region of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania became a hotbed for the industry about years ago. Cambridge Glass Company in Cambridge, Ohio was chartered in and National Glass Company out of Pennsylvania organized it a few years later providing land and a building.

It had become one of the most revered glass companies in the world. After WWII, demand for fine handmade glassware waned and foreign machine-made competition grabbed much of the market share. In , the Cambridge plant closed, ending a very prosperous run. In an unsuccessful attempt to reopen and stay open, the company finally melted down in selling many of its moulds and equipment to Imperial Glass Company in Bellaire, Ohio. They recovered many of the moulds and equipment previously sold-off.

No sooner did Cambridge Glass Company die, than new life was breathed into four off-shoots that would continue the legacy of Cambridge glass. All are open for business and tours. Mosser Glass started as soon as Cambridge Glass Company closed and Thomas Mosser turned his job loss into a start-up business of his own. By he had scraped enough resources together to open shop …in and abandoned chicken coop!

Within two years he flew the coop and moved onward and upward building a successful glass manufacturing business which was eventually named Mosser Glass in with his production of signature products blending new designs with classics.

When you visit Mosser Glass today, you enter through the front door of a little red farmhouse. But the modesty ends there for as you continue deeper into the building a major manufacturing plant is revealed with gifted and proud glassworkers pounding out a living. Visitors can take a glassmaking tour of the factory Monday — Friday from 8am — 10am and Phone or visit www.

They represent the second and third generation of Boyd glassmakers. He honed his skills and style working for 26 different factories. In their modest shop you find a man and mould handcrafting collectible glass pieces. The showroom is open until 4 p. John started in the business when he was just nine-years-old. He retired from Cambridge Glass Company in and started making his signature glass paperweights, window weights, rose weights, personalized plate weights and other novelties like glass slippers.

The husband and wife team often hawked their wares at fairs and festivals near and far before it was added to the product lines of dealers and collectors. When John passed in , Elizabeth continued manufacturing glass introducing her own moulds and colors before her passing in It is owned and operated by the National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. Its collection, displays and programs are superior. This museum offers much more than the opportunity to see a myriad of the fascinating glass pieces produced for over a century.

It has authentic looking recreations of life-size glass workers exhibited. Some are blowing glass, stoking the furnace, or performing a number of important and interesting functions depicting the history of the glass industry in Cambridge. Hands-on learning opportunities are offered in workshops, presentations are delivered in the auditorium and research is conducted in the library. This glass house encompasses it all. It even has rotating exhibits from major private collections displayed and a gift shop offering genuine Cambridge Glass and limited-edition reproductions.

It is located at South 9thStreet in Cambridge, Ohio. Call or visit www. To learn more about the Glass Pass, call or visit www. Then you will want to check out Carroll County , Ohio. The rolling hills in East Central Ohio are a beautiful backdrop for small towns and two lakes that make it easy to Retreat, Relax and Rejuvenate!

The area is great for a day trip, weekend or the entire summer, however long you have to get away! Carrollton, the county seat and the largest village in the county, has a New England style Public Square as its centerpiece of the historic downtown.

Carroll Meadows Golf Course offers eighteen holes of challenging golf and finish the day with a nice dinner at Knickers Restaurant on site. Leesville and Atwood Lakes are still being used for their original purpose but also are now know for the recreation opportunities they provide both residents and visitors.

Leesville Lake is home to seven youth camps, two marinas, a campground and numerous vacation homes. The better known Atwood Lake is home to; two marinas, public boat launch, Atwood Lake Resort Atwood Lake Resort has re-closed as of April and Golf Club, several restaurants, a bed and breakfast, and a winery. The guest room Atwood Lake Resort reopened in October of Both overlook the beautiful lake.

The Chalet with a new patio offers a lighter fare for food and will be the place to start your golf adventure on the completely renovated, lighted nine-hole par 3 course or the new driving range.

Atwood Lake Park located on the west end of the lake has a public swimming area and plenty of room for campers and tent camping. Atwood Lake Boats operates both of the marinas on the lake and they offer both boat rental and sales. There is also a restaurant at each location, both of which offer lake view dining.

The village of Dellroy at the east end of the lake is home to the Dellroy Drive-In known for their fried fish and ice cream. Carroll County is less than a two hour drive from Cleveland, Akron, and the Pittsburgh areas making it a great getaway without a long drive to get there. It can be that great place to stay while you also visit Amish Country or the Canton and New Philadelphia areas which are both less than a half hour drive.

For more information, visit www. It seemed a dull, grimy uninviting place. It reminded me of an unwanted cast-off relic left out in the weather to deteriorate of its own accord. My puerile perception that placed a shroud of gloom over the town was distorted by childish idealism, but not totally imagined. My home community, only a few miles away was bright, cheery and full of life, but Dennison, by contrast seemed to linger somewhere in the past—unkempt and futureless.

There was a lamination of coal dust and soot on the houses, the streets—even the trees and grass appeared tarnished by the ever-present veil. Dennison was a railroad town, and not by chance. It stood at the maximum traveling distance for a steam locomotive, and centered on a major route between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio.

After one hundred miles it was necessary to refuel a steam engine with coal and water—both of which Dennison had in abundance. At its peak in the early part of the 20th century, Dennison boasted a roundhouse and related railroad shops covering forty acres.

Originally the Steubenville and Indiana Railroad, it became the Pennsylvania Railroad with Dennison as the terminal and headquarters for their Panhandle Division. There were three thousand men employed to handle more than forty freight and passenger trains, spewing smoke, cinders and spent steam, each day—swapping adulterated habitat for a better future. However, by the end of the Depression, railroads were in serious decline. The Dennison yards presented a dismal landscape of rusted track appearing randomly laid this way and that with weeds flourishing between the rails.

Dennison, no longer a boomtown, was on the edge of economic bust. It was paradoxical then, that Dennison became one of the truly bright spots in the memories of countless servicemen. Troop trains carried men west for training and back east for deployment overseas. The Dennison Depot was a stop on every run. Women from the surrounding eight counties in eastern Ohio volunteered their time, and often provisions as well. I was seven years old when I accompanied my mother and a group of neighborhood women preparing for their contribution.

Afterwards they talked passionately of the appreciation shown by the uniformed men. Some of the women were motherly while others were reminiscent of girls left behind. I observed soldiers debarking from the first train of the morning.

In my eyes they were men, but in fact they were only boys. My mother only gave of her time twice. She had gone when needed, but there were so many volunteers that it was unnecessary for anyone to often repeat. It was a privilege—one held by nearly four thousand women who converged on the Dennison Depot over the war years. During that time a million and a half servicemen passed through those yards.

Sometimes the stops were so brief that it was necessary for the women to board the trains and hand off the provisions for the boys to distribute, but they saw to it that every last one was served at least coffee and a sandwich. For many it was the last pleasant experience to cling to before activation. Today Dennison is a different place.

Steam locomotives and coal furnaces are things of the past. The smudges of an earlier period have long since been washed away and painted over.

The town never returned to the glory days, but the people of Dennison have gone to great effort to preserve its historical significance. Tourist trains still operate, and the Depot, now in the National Register of Historic Places, houses a museum, restaurant and gift shop.

Some see it a symbol of a bygone commercial era, but in the eyes of many remaining WWII veterans it speaks of much more. This small town depot and its volunteers provided more than sustenance for the physical being. They stood as a beacon of hope: A place where people felt pride and offered encouragement at a time when it was direly needed. They recall it only as Dreamsville. A well-deserved and appropriate epithet:

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