Take a trip back to Victorian times as you stroll down the streets of historic Cambridge, Ohio in Dickens Victorian Village each November and December for the holiday season. A scene from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol or one resembling merry old England has been placed under each lamppost along our main street, Wheeling Avenue.
In 2006, this Victorian idea was the brainstorm of local businessman, Bob Ley and his wife, Sue, who was a fan of Charles Dickens and enjoyed Victorian style. Bob began by making sketches of a few scenes and then created a figure of Charles Dickens with two by fours as the frame, added a head and dressed him in Victorian clothes. This was not a problem since Bob's business was men's clothing. That was the beginning.
Over 180 life-size characters now appear throughout Cambridge in nearly 93 scenes. Bronze plaques on each scene tell interesting facts about life at that time. Look for scenes on the street, in the store windows and even check out the second story windows from time to time.
These life-size and hand-made mannequins take hours to complete, and wear vintage clothes. Their heads are specially made by local artists from the Eastern Ohio Art Guild. You will find scenes depicting Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, or the infamous Scrooge and Marley. Many times it seems they look so real, they could come to life.
Enjoy the Victorian style buildings as you stroll through the scenes, perhaps stopping at one of the unique shops or sampling some delicious food at a bakery, candy shop, or home style restaurants.
The day isn't complete without staying for the Courthouse Holiday Light Show, which starts every evening at 5:30. Over 55,000 lights are synchronized to holiday music for this special presentation. Four different segments entertain with carols, children's songs, classical and traditional Christmas tunes.
Your visit to Dickens Victorian Village will be filled with fun so be sure to bring along your camera for pictures of your family and friends. The memories will last until next Christmas season.