A Stroll Through Roscoe Village

On Saturday, I headed up to Roscoe Village for a tour and canal boat ride. Roscoe is a popular living history community in Coshocton, Ohio that easily provides a day’s worth of entertainment.

The town is restored to the 1830s era with a combination of costumed interpreters and kiosk videos relating stories about the past. More specifically, it tells about life in this town when it was an important stop on the Ohio and Erie Canal.

In fact, less than a mile away, you can take a canal boat ride. Check back tomorrow for more about this as it was my favorite part of the day.

The bulk of the town is occupied by private shops and restaurants which visitors can enjoy without a tour ticket. However, there are some locations staffed by costumed interpreters like a blacksmith and a print shop where I especially enjoyed seeing a printing press demonstrated.

For other tour spots that aren’t staffed, your admission ticket gets you a key fob that grants you access to buildings where you can explore at your leisure with the help of a kiosk video. I liked these because I typically didn’t have to share the spaces with others and it felt like stepping into a time capsule.

I should add that the videos feature a person telling you stories about the space, the items on display and what went on there. They tend to be fast paced and interesting.

The school was one of my favorite stops.

And I just really liked the feel of the tree lined streets. Save for the modern traffic and clothes, it felt like stepping into a nineteenth century painting.

The experience reminded me of a miniature Colonial Williamsburg without the solders.

A veggie sub from McKenna’s Market provided great picnic sustenance and a candy store visit persuaded me to pick up some Amish made candies.

If you go, be sure to watch the introduction video at the visitors center. It is short but informative. Here you can buy your tour and boat ride tickets. The restrooms are clean too!

There’s a museum available for an additional cost but I’ll have to visit another day. I ran out of time!

Want to learn more about visiting Roscoe Village? Check out their website for hours, prices, events and other details.

1 thought on “A Stroll Through Roscoe Village

  1. Oh. My. Gosh!!! The Ohio and Erie canals!!!! Yes!!!! I remember a brief mention in my history class many millions of years ago but probably haven’t ever thought of them since!!!! It was just a brief moment of boring goods being transported on boring canals. Now that I’m older and wiser and know things, I want to know all about the canals and can I paddle my own boat on these canals or can I only go on a tour boat with 20 other people?

    And then I jump to the website you inked us to and it says: a restored section of the Ohio and Erie Canal.

    A restored SECTION. So the canals no longer exist as they did back in the transporting of goods days then. Damn!!!! Oh well, a section is better than telling me they’ve all been filled in and turned into parking lots. lol

    I love the school!!!!! That is how school rooms should look. Imagine it with a fire roaring in the fire place.

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