Roscoe Village

historic roscoe villageWelcome to Historic Roscoe Village.

Roscoe Village was oce a bustling port on the Ohio and Erie Canal. Now the village mixes the charm and history of the 1800’s with fun and adventure for today. Living history tours,  distinctive shops, hands-on activities, and delightful dining in a selection of restaurants are just a few of the pleasures Roscoe Village has to offer. In an effort to enhance its mission to interpret Ohio’s Canal Era, each year Roscoe hosts various themed festivals, special events, and holiday activities that both educate and provide fun entertainment for guests.

While strolling through the original 19th century living history buildings, guests may see actual costumed artisans at work, including a blacksmith, a weaver, a woodcarver, and a broom maker; observe old-time cooking demonstrations; sit in on a reenactment of an 1800s school lesson; view a full-scale canal boat replica; or visit the immaculately groomed gardens displaying an array of colors. At the Roscoe Village Visitor Center, guests may browse the exhibit hall to see the working model of the lock system or view dioramas of the building of the canal. Hands-on activities like candle dipping, tin punching, ink stamp printing or weaving are also available. In addition, visitors will find unique hand-crafted items made by Roscoe Village artisans for sale, including iron and wood items, weavings, and brooms.

The quaint shops carry area crafts, elegant home furnishings, books and gifts, gourmet coffees and foods, and much more. Watch the traditional leatherworker as he hand-stitches leather goods the old-fashioned way or observe the potter forming clay at the potter’s wheel, where a paint-your-own pottery option is also available. At the general store, children will enjoy choosing from unique selections of old-fashioned candy or wooden toys. Exquisite jewelry, musical instruments, clothing and other accessories, and wood carvings name a few of the other original items available at the Shops of Roscoe Village. Take a break from shopping and dine at one of the delightful restaurants.

To further experience life during the Canal Era, enjoy a peaceful float down a restored section of the Ohio and Erie Canal on the horse-drawn Monticello III canal boat or browse through the unique collections of the accredited Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. Roscoe Village is open year-round, seven days per week. For more information, call 800-877-1830 or visit us online at

Roscoe Village Toy CellarVintage Toy Cellar
Excerpt from past edition of OhioTraveler

Historic Roscoe Village is reaching out to toy lovers of all ages with a vintage Toy Cellar Exhibit in the lower level of the Toll House!

More than four hundred toys made by American manufacturers are on display at the Toll House on Whitewoman Street in the heart of Roscoe Village. The Toy Cellar contains vintage transportation vehicles made of cast iron, tin, wood, pressed steel, rubber and other materials. Tin wind-ups from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s and other mechanical items are demonstrated for guests visiting the village.

A number of Ohio toy companies are represented from Akron, Barberton, Kenton, Ravenna, Canton and Dayton. Toys from major firms such as Marx, Keystone, Wyandotte, Buddy L, Ives, Kingsbury, Steelcraft, Wolverine, Tootsie Toy and Crandall are on display.

A wide variety of toys from yesteryear include kaleidoscopes, marbles, alphabet boards, comic characters, games, construction sets, wind ups, electric trains and much more!

This remarkable collection is a 40-year collection on loan to the Roscoe Village Foundation by a private collector, who will be conducting demonstrations and sharing his knowledge of vintage toys.

Hours for the Toy Cellar are 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays and is free to the public. Look for the “Toy Cellar is open” sign in front of the Toll House located in Historic Roscoe Village.

During your visit to Roscoe Village you can take a Canal Town Journey Tour, enjoy making a hands-on keepsake, experience a horse-drawn canal boat ride, treat yourself to fine dining, visit our charming shops and stroll through the beautiful Roscoe Village gardens!

Roscoe Village is a 19th century living history community depicting life in Ohio’s Canal Era. The Village is located on State Routes 16 and 83 near the junction of US Route 36 in east-central Ohio.  For detailed information about Roscoe Village, including special events, visit or call 740-622-9310; toll free 800-877-1830.