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While on a wonderful tour with Carter, we visited the one-room school. I took three photographs while there:
First photograph shows the outside of this simple, one-room school.
The second photo is of our tour guide, Carter, pretending to be the schoolmaster and lecturing Jill the student. As retired teachers, Jill and I had plenty of questions to ask. We were most interested in the desks, the books, the old photographs, etc.
The final photograph was taken by Carter as Jill and I sat in student desks pretending to be students. However, if you think about it, we are students soaking up all the information possible about the typical one-room school that used to be Roscoe Village's means of educating their youth.
Written May 15, 2006
Jill and I were quite fortunate because we were in Roscoe Village during "off" season, and when we took our tour with our wonderful tour guide, Carter, it was just the three of us.
Photo #1: Carter took us to the Blacksmith shop where we met George, the Blacksmith.
He was making nails, and we were able to talk, ask questions, and see the shop and the work done there.
Photo#2: We stopped by "The Sandpiper" shop that is tucked behind the General Store. It's a tiny shop where Mr. Sam Clow carves all kinds of birds and other animals. This gentleman transformed his carving hobby into an art. It was a pleasure to meet him and to see his excellent work.
As seen in Photo #3, Carter also took us to Dr. Maro Johnson's Home and Office. The man portraying the good doctor was excellent and kept in character so well. We saw his instruments, office, and learned about his beautiful home.
Photo #4 shows Carter, our guide, demonstrating printing in Roscoe Village. Both Jill and I were able to print a small bookmark that we got to keep.
Photo #5 shows Carter demonstrating weaving to me.
As you may have surmised, Carter was able to give us lots of information and to demonstrate many skills. Carter is the broom maker and has his own little shop where he works.
These places and many more (some in other tips) made for an informative, interesting tour.
Updated May 14, 2006
It's always good advice to go to the Visitor's or Welcome Center when you travel to new areas. We went to the Welcome Center at Roscoe Village to pick up our "Living History Tour Tickets". It has a rest room, gift shop, media room, & display room. I admired a plaque on the wall in commemoration of Frances and Edward Montgomery who initiated the restoration of Roscoe Village ( photo # 3).
The building is so beautiful, & the people who work there are just so warm & friendly. We picked up our tickets & were told to come back about 15 minutes before our tour to view a video.
There was a gift shop, so, of course, Jill & I perused it. Jill purchased a rag rug, & I purchased a book. There were women working on a quilt that they were raffling off. Jill, being a quilter, had a grand time conversing with them about the pattern of the quilt & the materials used.
When we returned for our tour, our guide took us downstairs of the Welcome Center to see the exhibits. (Photo #4 shows boat replica) Our tour guide was a retired man who was funny, informative, & efficient.
The introductory video about the Ohio and Erie Canal was quite informative. They were called the "Ditches of Destiny" because they were the best form of transportation before the railroad. A canal boat pulled by horses or mules could go along a 308-mile canal that was dug totally by hand. And, Roscoe Village was a port along the Ohio & Erie Canal. (Photo #5 )Enjoy a ride on a replica of an 1830s canal boat..call 1-800-877-1830)
Irish & German immigrants were paid 30 cents a day, 7 days a week to dig it by hand. There were 146 locks & 14 aqua ducts along the system. They used 3 kinds of boats: freight, state boat for canal maintenance, & passenger boats. Could not be used in winter because it would freeze over. The railroad came in 1828, & 2 decades later, the canal traffic stopped.
Updated May 14, 2006
Address: 381 Hill Street, Cochocton, Ohio 43812
As a lover of gardens, I could not resist visiting the Gardens of Roscoe Village.
Mr. and Mrs Edward Montgomery, who initiated the restoration of Roscoe Village, insisted on making the landscaping and the gardens of this historic village an essential element. There are brick pathways that wind through several gardens and open into spaces of natural beauty. Garden benches have been provided for people who wish to relax or to just enjoy the blooming trees and fragrant flowers.
I was impressed with the plantings reminiscent of the 1800s, but I also enjoyed the newer plantings that we find in gardens today. All this natural beauty certainly makes for a breathtaking backdrop to the limestone canal stones and the brick buildings.
It is possible to learn details about all the garden designs and the various plantings by checking with the Visitor Center or scheduling ahead to take a guided "Garden Stroll" ($2.50 per person). These tours are conducted by a member of the landscaping staff.
You could do as Jill and I did, and browse through the various gardens on your own.
Here is a listing of the various gardens:
Frances B. Montgomery Memorial Garden
LeRitelley Fish Pond
The Buckeye Garden
Old Caldersburg Gardens
Updated May 14, 2006
Phone: 740-622-9310 or 800-877-1830
The Old Warehouse Restaurant was where Jill and I ate lunch while visiting "Roscoe Village". It was an excellent choice.
This restaurant is a landmark in the center of Roscoe Village. It was the Mill Store in the 1830s (a docking point for the canal boats transporting merchandise to and from Roscoe Village).
It was also once a grocery store, a general store, a furniture store, a pool room, and a filling station.! In 1969, it was restored and became a restaurant and banquet facility. After its restoration, it was turned over to the Roscoe Village Foundation, a non-profit organization. If you think about it, 3 modes of transportation have brought people to its doors: "boats pulled by horses, horse-drawn buggies, and automobiles.
Downstairs is Lock 27 Tavern; upstairs is a banquet facility.
The restaurant is known for its "hearty, home style cooking and a canal-era atmosphere".
The menu is in the form of a newspaper called"The Old Warehouse Tavern Times".
The menu includes appetizers, Baskets, Hearty Soups & Bountiful Salads, Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches, Steaks, Entrees, Sides, and Desserts.
Favorite Dish: Jill and I shared one of the appetizers, Chicken Quasadilla that was Chicken blended with Cheddar cheese, bacon, diced tomatoes and onion folded in a flour tortilla. We also shared a Roscoe Salad made with a pairing of pear and blue cheese mixed with tender mesclun greens and toasted walnuts with sherry-red wine vinaigrette.
It's a good thing that we shared because the portions are large. The food was fresh, well prepared, and beautifully presented.
Updated May 14, 2006
Jill and I were enamoroed with the Liberty Pottery Store in Roscoe Village. Local potter, Becky Lowe, learned her craft working in Roscoe Village, and in 2003, she returned to Roscoe Village to open this studio shop. You are able to watch as potters form hand-thrown pots or see skilled artists apply carefully painted designs to ready pottery for the kilns.
The shop itself has handcrafted pieces, kitchen ware, linens, Christmas items, signs, garden pots, and various other beautiful items.
It's a large store that is "stuffed" with various and assorted merchandise and art pieces. There's a positive feeling within the walls of this historic building and a spiritual attitude on the part of the artists.
What to buy: While in this shop, Jill purchased some kitchen linens, and I purchased a hand-thrown flower pot and saucer to give as a gift to Karen and Stephen Conn (VT) for when we met in Columbus days later. I selected a medium-sized pot with dark navy blue Ohio Stars and blue trim on grey. It was so carefully packaged with bubble wrap for travel, a beautiful bag with handles and the store logo as well as navy tissue paper and a ribbon (for free).
What a delight to shop in such a warm, professional, artistic shop, Liberty Pottery
Written May 15, 2006
Address: 403 Whitewoman Street
There are so many unique places to shop in Roscoe Village. Among our favorites are:
Village Bookworm: is a warm, inviting shop with a good selection of books, cards, puzzles, Krasco baskets, and, best of all, an "enchanting children's room filled with beautiful picture books, gifts, and fascinating toys." 435 N. Whitewoman Street; 740-623-6564.
Roscoe General Store, which as you can see in the photo, is really three buildings which serve as one store. When we were there, a horde of school children were shopping there after taking a guided tour of Roscoe Village. They have homemade fudge, collectibles, jams and jellies, old-fashioned toys, home accents, and many other small items. I bought jams there. 348 N. Whitewoman Street (740)622-7715.
Lady Liberty is a rather "hip" women's clothing store which caters to a younger crowd. Jill did purchase a nice pair of sunglasses there. The clothing is upscale and rather wild. The store also carries accessories such as jewelry, purses, scarves,
413 N. Whitewoman Street (740)-294-7001
What to buy: We could not visit River Ridge Leather Shop because it was not open. It's a place where you may watch traditional leatherworkers craft gifts and accessories. 350 N Whitewoman Street (740-295-0284)
Village Soap & Candle is another shop that we did not go into because Jill cannot tolerate all the smells (allergy). This shop sells candles, soaps, potpourri, Vera Bradley handbags, etc. 432 N. Whitewoman Street (740-622-2383)
What to pay: We found the prices in the shops to be fair and reasonable.
Updated May 15, 2006
For beautiful seasonal hanging baskets, perennials, herbs, and garden accessories, The Garden Gate is the perfect shop.
The lovely flowers surround the outside of the building that houses the shop. It's quite a wonderful drawing card for those of us who are gardeners. Its contents inside this unique store is filled with not your ordinary kinds of garden accessories. You will not find these items in most nurseries or big "box" kinds of stores such as Home Depot or Lowes.
The prices were very reasonable, and the woman who waited on us was delightful.
What to buy: I purchased two sets of Garden Markers called "Primitives by Kathy". One set was for my own garden, and the other set will be a birthday gift for one of my dear friends.
Three markers are packaged together. Mine were for GERANIUMS, PETUNIAS, AND PANSIES. I have them in the appropriate flower pots on my patio and have already received "rave reviews" concerning them.
Written May 14, 2006
Address: 413 North Whitewoman Street
Even though Jill and I did not do this, I would suggest that if you visit Roscoe Village that you do! You can board the Monticello II at nearby Lake Park to take a forty-five minute tour down the section of the restored canal. The boat is pulled along the canal by a team of draft horses; the bells that they wear ring as they step along.
Daily runs are made from MEMORIAL DAY THROUGH LABOR DAY and Weekends until October
The reason we did not take this tour was simply because it was not open when we were there about May 3, 2006.
Written May 15, 2006
Favorite thing: Please Click to See Entire picture of picture #2
at 300 North Whitewoman Street in Roscoe Village, you are able to visit the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum (call 740-622-8710) or go to www.jhm.lib.oh.us.
The museum is open from May-Oct from noon until 5:00 p.m. daily.
Also Nov-Apr, it is open from 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday
Adults pay $3.00; Children pay $2.00 (under age 6-free), and a Family admission is $8.00.
The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum opened in 1931 and came from a bequest by David and John Johnson to the city of Coshocton as a memorial to their ancestors.
Although this two men were native-born brothers, they settled on the West Coast and traveled abroad extensively. They collected American Indian, European, and Asian artifacts. The museum's collections have grown through the years via donations.
There are four permanent exhibit galleries:
with a fifth gallery for temporary special exhibits.
There is a Museum Gift Shop where collection-related books, fine craft and jewelry as well as decorative items may be purchased.
Fondest memory: The Oriental Gallery features 18th and 19th century Arts & Weaponry: Jade, Cloisonne, Lacquerware, Porcelain, Theatre Masks, and Samurai armor & swords.
The American Indian Gallery includes Pre-historic Ohio Tools & Points, 19th century North American Artifacts such as bead & quill work, carvins, garments, pottery, and Pre-Columbian Mexican figurines.
The Historic Ohio Gallery includes 19th century Tools & Furnishings such as firearms, coins, implements, clocks, advertising art, and Pioneer home.
The Decorative Arts Gallery presents 18th and 19th century European and American arts such as knife rest, sculptures, dolls, Victorian decor, textiles and races.
The Special Exhibits change five times each year.
Updated May 14, 2006