Visiting Cambridge City, an Indiana National Road town

Along the National Road in eastern Indiana, a lot of the action is in Wayne County. From Richmond through Centerville to Cambridge City, there’s plenty to see and do. Dawn and I easily spent half of the time on our trip just in these three towns.

When we got to Cambridge City, the sidewalks were lined with antiques for sale. It’s an annual event, and we stumbled right upon it.

Cambridge City

Several details had changed around Cambridge City since our last visit, back in 2009. Here’s what this great old sign looked like then.

Cambridge City

A new owner changed the center plastic panel, but unfortunately hasn’t kept up with repairs to the fragile glass tubes.


This great sign from 2009 is no longer there.

Cambridge City

And while this building is still there, the food mart present in 2009 has been replaced by a restaurant.

Cambridge City

As you can see in this shot, the shingled awning has been removed, revealing the building’s original entrance. It was a shame to cover it up.

Cambridge City

One thing that hasn’t changed is the wonderful Vinton House, built in 1847 at the intersection of the National Road and the Whitewater Canal, which has long since been filled in. Here it was in 2009:

Cambridge City

Here it is in 2015. It was an inn and stagecoach stop back in the day.

Vinton House

This little log cabin still stands, too. Built in 1830, it was also an inn for travelers. The cabin was built a few miles away, but moved to this location at some point. This is a 2009 photo.

Cambridge City

While walking along, looking at the antiques for sale, we came upon this 1967 Pontiac Bonneville. It’s in nearly original condition, with some fading paint. It’s wheels aren’t original, but they’re sized to take modern tires.

1967 Pontiac Bonneville

I had my Canon TLb along as we walked through town, and on Kodak Gold 200 film, the images I got looked like postcards. I’m sure the local convention and visitors bureau would approve.

Downtown Cambridge City

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5 responses to “Visiting Cambridge City, an Indiana National Road town”

  1. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    Interesting article and good photos looks like a nice place to visit and to quote Wikipedia as you elaborated to
    “Cambridge City is currently a prominent destination for antique seekers”, did you see and good camera’s for sale.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We didn’t visit all the antique shops, just a couple, and didn’t see any cameras. But I did buy one down the road in Centerville at an antique shop there; review forthcoming!

  2. dehk Avatar

    Drive in liquor ??

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, more like drive-up-park-and-walk-in liquor.

      1. dehk Avatar

        I feel slightly better .

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