Along the way (in Ohio), we saw a sign pointing us towards a house that was part of the Underground Railroad. I was fascinated and so we followed the signs. Turned out we could only look at the front of the house but we saw additional signs that brought us to this interesting little museum. Located in the back of the gentleman’s wooden toy workshop, this was a fascinating museum.
The toy shop was named the Cambridge Wooden Toy Co. He hand made all of the toys in the shop. There were lots of them, many of which were railroad related, as Cambridge was a railroad town and the railroad was this man’s passion. We bought an old-fashioned cup and ball game, a pyramid and tee game, and a couple of other items. There was a unique sound tree, airplanes, and rocking horses. Each item was handmade and an item to be treasured. They were beautiful and well made. But, truly, the fascinating part of the stop was the museum.
There was a large model train setup that was fun to watch with several different trains running and a well-decked-out display. The gentleman told us a lot about the train display and how he set it up. Then, we moved on to the display cases. These had all sorts of interesting original pieces of railroad memorabilia. Some was from his own childhood and time with the railroads. From dining car menus to a bell and a seat from a caboose. There was a uniform, dining service pieces, and original photos. He knew each of his pieces well and shared the story behind them all.
Even with all this, there is still more. The stars of his railroad museum are the hand-carved, scale models of famous engines from history. Each engine had been created in stunning detail, with amazing attention paid to the fine points. Each of the engines are made from walnut with various other materials (metal and such) to provide the details that make the viewer speechless.
While you are viewing each of these special engine, the gentleman takes the time to fill you in on the history of each engine and the stories behind them. He discusses how he went about choosing the plan, carrying it out, creating some of the special details, and the stories that make history come alive. They were, truly, a special sight to behold.
If you are even passing through the area around Cambridge, OH, this is a fabulous little place to stop. Know that it is in a neighborhood and the shop is just off to the side of homes. Parking is on the street or in a very small drive. But this was a fun stop that we are glad we stumbled upon.
I would share a website with you except that it is not showing up for me as a live site. A search for this company and museum will give you some directions to it, which is how we ended up actually finding it. An educational and interesting stop.