Saturday, March 15, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Cambridge City, A Sweet Surprise

We've lived in Indiana almost 8 years now and have just discovered the quaint town of Cambridge City, Indiana. Why did it take so long?

a post card painted on the side of a building in Cambridge City

We found it thanks to this book, the Indiana Antique Guide. It's my Passport to Pleasure, where I am checking off each antique shop as I visit it this year. 

We found that there are eleven antique shops in Cambridge City when there was only this one listed in the book: The Log House Antiques. We thought it would only take a minute to run through it while on our way to Centerville which we knew had several shops, but that didn't happen...

I wasn't expecting The Log House Antiques to actually be an old log house, but it was! It had been located on a corner a few miles out of town and was hit by a truck. It was going to be torn down when a local couple decided to move it into town and turn it into an antique shop. It's adorable and beautifully decorated inside.

You can see two front doors in the above photo. We were told that the log house was used as a tavern and inn. The families entered the left door for food and the men entered the right door for ale. You could sleep upstairs for a dime (which included dinner) or you could sleep out back in the stable with the horses for a nickel. Here are some photos from inside The Log House Antiques.

There are three levels filled with wonderful primitive pieces. Below is downstairs.

I love cake plates and saw several of them there.

The photos below are of the upstairs. I had to have the long vintage gown hanging on the wall because it has wonderful crochet on it. When I got it home I found that it fits me!

I love to see old shoes and imagine the people who wore them. I bought the one on the right. It has a bronze finish.

This is what I took home with me.

You can get a better idea of the crochet on the gown. Love it!

I went to two other antique shops (Hole in the Wall Antiques and the National Road Antique Mall) while Dan sat in the Pour House coffee shop reading and drinking coffee. When I caught up with him we bought ice cream and fudge (for our travels - lol). 

Here are a couple other paintings we saw on buildings while there.

Cambridge City was a sweet surprise, not only because of the fudge, but because we weren't expecting to find so much there. They also host seasonal and holiday events and we are interested in returning for them! More on Cambridge, Indiana here.


  1. Checking off all the antique shops in a state wide guide sounds like a great "bucket list" project. Love the vignettes at the shop and the crochet top gown is beautiful!

  2. Patty, I loved that Log Cabin place. How did you resist that long skinny bed. I could see that on a porch. I like the hooked rug too. You did get yourself some nice treasures. Blessings, xoxox,Susie

  3. I see lots of interesting things to take a second look at! We waited 8 years to find a hiking trail near our house that we love and hike on almost every week now. I guess it's worth the wait! Enjoy your Sunday! Hugs!

  4. Looks like a fun place to visit - thanks for sharing your trip. Enjoyed the story about the log house/tavern.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  5. Hello from Spain: Cambridge City is fabulous. Great findings. Nice pictures. Keep in touch.

  6. What a great place! I know I would enjoy browsing the shops in Cambridge City. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Very interesting town Patty and I truly love that adorable log store! love the shoe you got and that gown! I always enjoy your shopping trips dear, keep 'em coming!

  8. I wish we'd spent more time exploring the quaint small towns in Arizona when we lived there. Cambridge City does look like a cute small town with fun things to see and do!

    I need a little excursion. We've been spending lots of time at the barns lately (both of them). We're so tired! But we're getting back into the routine today.


  9. It seems like finding places like this are endless for you! I need to get my Alabama Antiques book out and start doing the same when I get settled in this house! Love the gown! Miss you my friend <3

  10. You sure have been doing some exploring! (Can you imagine sleeping in that bed??)

  11. Tsk, tsk. I know a certain site you could have used to let you know all about that wonderful little town! ;)


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