Please tell us a little about the Newcomerstown Historical Society:
"It was always a dream of my parents — Vane and Barbara Scott, to have tourism and entertainment in our little Village. They worked very hard over the years to make this a reality, and I am so proud to say we have kept their dream alive and moving in the same direction. Newcomerstown has two beautiful, and very unique museums. The Temperance House Museum was once an 1841 inn, and was used for passengers on the Ohio and Erie Canal. The setting definitely depicts this period of time. We are also very blessed to have the Olde Main Street Museum right next door housing our Old Main Street all under one roof. The storefronts have been recreated, and it is surely a stroll down memory lane. The Olde Main Street Museum also houses the Heller Tool Collection and so much more."
"The Olde Main Street Museum is a beautiful atmosphere to hold class reunions and parties. The students that have moved away love touring the museum, and remembering how Main Street used to be with Egler’s Bakery, the shoe stores, furniture stores, (the Main Street we all love and cherish), and wish we still enjoyed here in the village.
"We do have so much more to do. The Historical Society now owns the lot where the Cooley stood until a few months ago. This was really a joint effort between the Baptist Church, the Village of Newcomerstown, and ourselves. All three parties worked together to make the parking lot possible. I would also like to give a shout out to Denny Ross who spent countless hours filling and leveling the parking lot for us.
"Long-range plans include a dedicated Dinner Theater. We do serve meals at the variety shows we host now, but we have to limit tickets because of space; we always sell out fast, and maintain a waiting list. It would be so nice to be able to accommodate more people for these special events.
"The Christmas Wonderland of Trees, and the show — "Small Town America Goes to War Christmas Show" just concluded this past weekend, but we have some great things coming our way in the New Year.
"The Newcomerstown Historical Society will honor our law enforcement on Jan. 9 at the Olde Main Street Museum. Attendees will include law enforcement from Coshocton, Guernsey, and Tuscarawas Counties, as well as some other special guests. In addition, on Sunday, Feb. 16, the Three Rivers Bluegrass Band, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass Band, and Chestnut Hill Band will all join together to benefit Relay for Life — Team Alana.
"The museum is also planning a tribute to Heller Brothers File Factory in the near future. This show will showcase the local talent of many acting in the roles of Heller officials. Newcomerstown has so many talented individuals in our community, and it so nice to have a chance for these people to share the talent that may otherwise not have an opportunity to without our local variety shows, tributes to past and present businesses, our community members, and so many other great performances."
What would you like to highlight for us?
"As most people know; there is a statue of Woody Hayes outside the Olde Main Street Museum. The dedication of this great monument was held in August 2018, and was a huge success. Archie Griffith and Woody’s son were in attendance as well as many of Woody’s past football players, in addition to Eleven Warriors who helped to make this Woody Hayes statue a reality for Newcomerstown.
" For those of you Newcomerstown Students wondering where all your projects are housed that were constructed in Vernon Powell’s math classes in the sixth grade, look no further. They are located at the museum. They really add a personal touch in for our NHS graduates who were lucky enough to have Mr. Powell as their teacher.
Another goal of the historical society is to have a statue of Cy Young along Woody and then we will have two of our favorite sons greeting visitors to the community. The historical society found a permanent home with the purchase of the Temperance Tavern House in 1975. The society was founded many years before that, and placed museum items in several temporary locations.
"My father lived to see the former Herco Building transformed into the Olde Main Street Museum, and the ribbon cutting in May of 2009. Unfortunately, my mother did not live to see this. They are both gone now, but I know they would be so proud of the Woody Hayes Statue, the new parking lot, and the hope for the dedicated dinner theater, Cy Young Statue, plus all the other plans the Historical Society has in the works with shows and other projects. Mom and Dad worked hard for many years to raise funds to make tourism a reality in Newcomerstown, and I wish they were here taking part in all the fun.
"Another highlight about the Historical Society is our staff are all volunteers, as well as our actors and singers. Newcomerstown and the surrounding community is truly lucky to have so many talented people.
"We average around 20 or more buses a year at the Museums. Many of these people lodge at our local hotel, and dine in Newcomerstown. Our attendance each season is close to 4,000 visitors. This is quite a boost for the village of Newcomerstown. I want to take this opportunity to thank our board of directors, trustees, volunteers, singers, actors, and those who help behind the scenes, as well as those donating to our Historical Society. Because of all of you, we are offering great museum experiences, and are providing sold-out shows with local talent at its best.
"Remember the advantages of visiting local museums include: they make you inspired, you can learn so much from these beautiful collections, it is fun to reminisce, you feel closer to your community, and you are helping to invest it. It is also a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends."