Heritage Farm Museum

Yesterday I told you about my quest to Hillbilly Hotdogs in West Virginia. Since we were driving all that way, I suggested we visit the Heritage Farm Museum just twenty minutes down the road.

This place was a labor of love for a couple who enjoyed antiques and had a passion for telling the story of life in Appalachia. They acquired log structures and relocated them to this property to set up as a village. Some structures are for lodging while most are open to walk through including a church and a mercantile.

There are seven museums that tell the story of life in Appalachia through the years. Technology, transportation, toys and West Virginia industry are among the topics discussed in these museums. They also have a petting zoo and a tractor-pulled wagon train ride tour that are part of your admission ticket.

I liked the peacock!

There’s plenty for kids to do and more adventurous souls might enjoy some of their adventure activities like the zip line tour or rock climbing wall which are offered for an additional price.

And no, that is not my brand of adventure so I skipped that stuff and kept my feet on firm ground. They also have a big tree house accessible either by bridges or by going through a short ropes course. My friend took the challenge while I stuck to the regular bridges. He was quite pleased with himself and I was happy that I understood my limitations.

Once in the treehouse, you have great views of the village and there are a few other fun things to do from up there.

They do serve food on site and have clean restrooms. This is the kind of place where you could spend a few hours like we did or pass an entire day. I have camera photos and a few more stories to share from here another day so stay tuned. Meanwhile, visit their website if you want details like seasonal hours and admission information.

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.