Return to the Roots of Roscoe


Experience Travel Again,
Return to
America’s Canal Town

A return to a new reality means a return to a simpler time, one in which many may reflect, restore, and rediscover the past to appreciate the way forward.  Things that were once important may no longer be so, but at the core, heritage remains along with a yearning to discover it.  Tucked into the foothills of the Ohio Valley lies a quaint and cozy village that brings to life the way of the world on the Nineteenth Century Ohio and Erie Canal. Turn back time and explore at Historic Roscoe Village.

While traveling has been put on the back burner for much of the country, Roscoe Village has been doing its part to achieve a responsible restart to ensure that the safety of guests and staff is the top priority.  Many practices have been put into place throughout the village to maintain physical distancing while remaining social and indulging that inner travel bug.  Occupancy levels at each historic building have been limited. It is requested that masks be worn by all of the village’s interpreters telling the tales of the historic canal town’s humble beginnings. In addition, all of the high touch point areas are regularly disinfected. Guests are encouraged to wear masks, too, but this is not a requirement while taking the tour or walking through the village.

While enjoying the tour, experience the renderings of life before a world of modern medicine while examining Dr. Maro Johnson’s office and his beautifully appointed home.  Visit the craftsman’s house and see firsthand the workings of a master weaver demonstrating the art of loom weaving.  The scent of earth and fire fills the air during the demonstration of forging techniques at the village smithy.  And participate in a classroom lesson at the one-room schoolhouse.

New this season is the hands-on Hay Craft Learning Center.  Experience the life of a craftsperson and try a hand at candle dipping, quilt square making, leather and tin punching, postmaster mail delivery, weaving, rope making, and more. Walk away with the perfect keepsakes and memories which may last a lifetime.

Stroll down the brick-paved sidewalks and discover an array of artisans and decadent sweets. There are 15 interesting shops and delicious eateries along the way.  The entire village is landscaped for the enjoyment of visitors to open their eyes, walk a little slower, and take in all of the beauty that the gardens have to offer.

Don’t miss a relaxing glide on the Monticello III canal boat ride.  Visitors are transported back in time while a team of draft horses pulls the canal boat along a restored section of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Listen to the captain as he tells tales of canal life in the 1800s.  It is sure to be a highlight of the trip!

Make plans to attend the Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival when Historic Roscoe Village celebrates the season of harvest. The streets are lined with craft and food vendors, traditional live music, and rich history on display. For all of the details on the attractions, shopping, dining, and upcoming events in Historic Roscoe Village, visit or call 740-622-7644.

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