Judy and I have been immersed in “Spring Planting” and “Frost Control”, both of which have been keeping us pretty busy. With that in mind, we decided to take a “Stroll” instead of a “Hike” this morning.
We drove to Warsaw Ohio, a small town in Coshocton County, Ohio and had breakfast at Roberta’s Diner. We frequently stop by here if our travels takes us to that “Neck-of-the-Woods” (I have no idea what this means but my dad used the expression on occasion.)
This is a great little family restaurant with a great menu which I heartily recommend.
After breakfast we drove on to Coshocton, and stopped by Roscoe Village. I posted a history of the town below to give you an idea of how this town developed, crumbled, then was re-established. It’s pretty interesting.
August 21, 1830
(This description was reprinted from the Roscoe Village History article)
The port town that was to become Roscoe was laid out in 1816 after a bankrupt merchant bet that rural farmers would rather do business there than have to shell out 25 cents for the ferryboat to Coshocton. On the heels of that hunch, James Calder set up shop across the Muskingum River and named the spot Caldersburgh after himself. Caldersburgh was renamed Roscoe in 1830 in honor of William Roscoe, an English historian and a leading abolitionist of the time.
The construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal in the 1820s was a boon to the burgeoning village. The first canal boat, the Monticello, landed at Roscoe on August 21, 1830.
Roscoe became the fourth largest wheat port on the 350-mile canal system that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Hudson River.
Roscoe thrived until the 1860s, when the canals gave way to the railroads. Although the canal system continued to operate, Roscoe steadily ceded its position until the once-prosperous port town was swept away in the Great Flood of 1913.
Today, the restored Roscoe Village stands as a testament to Ohio’s bygone Canal era. Edward E. Montgomery created what he called, “a living museum, so that people of the 20th century and beyond could enjoy a ‘step back in time’ to the 19th century where aged brick buildings, costumed interpreters and quaint shops bring the canal era back to life.” The picturesque Roscoe Village has become a major tourist destination in Ohio.
If you are interested in history, quaint little shops selling everything from art to high end crafts, to fine food, to horse shoes this is the place to visit.
We were visiting in the Spring so there were plants, flowers, and goldfish, lining the brick sidewalks.
And as if that weren’t enough there are “History Tours”, “Street Festivals”, a “Working Blacksmith Shop”, and a “Canal Boat Ride”.
Our “Stroll” didn’t allow time for all that Roscoe Village has to offer, but just as a side note, my wife Judy’s great-uncle was Tinker Dobson. He was the town blacksmith and along with her Father, worked in the “Blacksmith Shop” shown above. Back in the 1950’s they were even shoeing horses there.