COSHOCTON — You hear the ringing of the classroom school bell and see the teacher motioning all the students into class. On the way to the schoolhouse, you smell the aroma of hot iron and wood smoke from the blacksmith shop at the other end of the village. You take a seat in one of the hard wooden desks and pick up the smooth slate board for handwriting practice. This is a typical experience awaiting you and your family in Historic Roscoe Village - the perfect place for a late summer getaway!

History comes to life

When the Ohio and Erie Canal opened the Ohio wilderness to trade in the early 1800s, Roscoe Village was a bustling, popular port along the waterway. Today’s visitors can experience rich canal history with fun and fascinating tours of the village’s historic sites. Costumed guides and craftspeople with introduce you to life along the canal in the 1800s. You’ll tour historic buildings that have been restored to reflect the trades, lifestyle and crafts of the 1800s community. The tour will take you on a visit with the rugged blacksmith, working over a hot coal-fired forge with traditional tools of his trade. You’ll tour the doctor’s home and office to learn about 19th century medicine. You’ll visit the home of the village weaver to experience the art of weaving on a hand-crafted loom; participate in a one-room school lesson; and much more.

Shopping and dining

Shopping and dining in Roscoe Village is a delight. Modern day stores and restaurants in historic buildings contain items such as fashionable jewelry, handcrafted leather goods, stylish ladies apparel, popular Vera Bradley items, tasty homemade fudge, antiques & collectibles, charming gifts and home décor, homemade dog treats, locally-made American flags, old-fashioned candies, and more. You'll also find Amish cheeses, deli meats, local foods, ice cream, homemade subs, salads, burgers, steaks, pasta, and many other delicious menu items. The shops, restaurants, and Roscoe Village tours are open seven days a week.

Horse-drawn canal boat

A visit to Historic Roscoe Village is made complete with a ride on the nearby Monticello III horse-drawn canal boat which journeys along a restored portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. During the ride, guests actually feel as though they are gliding right into the 1800s as they are entertained by the canal boat captain describing life on the canal. The canal boat runs Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) through Labor Day weekend, then weekends only through mid-October.

Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum

While in Roscoe, stop at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum to see their permanent exhibits of Historic Ohio, Euro–American decorative arts, American Indian, and Asian arts. They are also home to the controversial Newark Holy Stones unearthed in the 1860s in the Newark Ohio Earthworks. The inscriptions on the Holy Stones are written in Hebrew and one of the stones is thought to bear the image of Moses. The museum also offers a gallery that changes exhibits throughout the year featuring quilts, sports memorabilia, antiques, art and more.

Scout Day

Scout Day will be held in Roscoe Village on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scouts (open to all boy and girl scout troops) and family members will be admitted, at a greatly discounted price, and will enjoy special activities throughout the Village that day.

Homeschool Days

On September 12-13, 2019, Roscoe Village will host it's annual Homeschool Days with special tour pricing for participating families. Also enjoy old-fashioned hands-on activities such as tin-punching, candle dipping, rope making, and more. Hands-on learning is educational and fun!

Other upcoming events

Roscoe Village also has several festivals throughout the year including the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival held the third weekend in October (Oct. 18, 19 & 20, 2019) and the Christmas Candlelightings the first two Saturdays in December (Dec. 7 & 14, 2019).

Step back in time this season and leave the hectic pace of the modern world behind when you get away to Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio ~ America's Canal Town. For information on Historic Roscoe Village, call 800-877-1830 or visit or follow Roscoe Village on Facebook at