The Wright brothers, who invented and flew the first successful airplane, were from Dayton, Ohio. The city is now home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Guernsey County, Ohio has a rich history that dates back to its early settlement in the late 18th century. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Shawnee and Delaware, the area first saw European settlement in the late 1700s by pioneers from Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 1806, Guernsey County was officially established, named after the English Channel Island of Guernsey.

During the early 19th century, Guernsey County experienced rapid growth and development. It became an important transportation hub with the construction of the National Road, a major east-west route that passed through the county. The arrival of the railroad in the mid-1800s further accelerated the county's growth, allowing for increased trade and commerce.

Guernsey County played a significant role during the American Civil War. Many local men served in the Union Army, while the county itself provided valuable resources to the war effort. The county also witnessed the infamous Morgan's Raid in 1863, when Confederate General John Hunt Morgan led his troops through the area, causing destruction and chaos.

In the following decades, Guernsey County continued to grow and develop economically. The discovery of coal and natural gas reserves in the late 19th century led to a boom in mining and industrial activities. The county became a major producer of coal, oil, and natural gas, contributing to its economic prosperity.

Today, Guernsey County is a blend of its rich history and modern developments. It is known for its beautiful natural landscapes, historic sites, and diverse economy. The county's history serves as a reminder of its past achievements and the resilience of its residents.

  • 1808 - Guernsey County, Ohio was established on March 1, 1808.
  • 1810 - The first courthouse was built in Cambridge, the county seat.
  • 1812 - The War of 1812 began, and Guernsey County residents joined in the fight.
  • 1818 - A new courthouse was constructed in Cambridge to replace the old one.
  • 1828 - The National Road reached Guernsey County, bringing increased trade and travel.
  • 1851 - The first railroad, the Central Ohio Railroad, was completed in the county.
  • 1861-1865 - Guernsey County sent soldiers to fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1895 - The Tingle Manufacturing Company, a prominent glass manufacturer, was established in Cambridge.
  • 1922 - The Guernsey County Sales Pavilion, a livestock auction facility, was built in Cambridge.
  • 1959 - Salt Fork State Park, the largest state park in Ohio, was established in Guernsey County.
  • 1960s-1970s - The construction of I-77 and I-70 highways brought improved transportation to the county.
  • 1986 - The Dickens Victorian Village was created in downtown Cambridge, attracting tourists during the holiday season.
  • 2003 - The Cambridge Glass Museum opened, showcasing the history of the glass industry in the region.