Just over a thirty minute scenic drive along Ohio State Route 83 from Millersburg, the village of Coshocton offers a variety of historic attractions and shopping venues for visitors to Amish Country looking for a place to spend a Sunday. Guests of the Millersburg Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are invited to take the short trip for even more historic and unique shopping experiences.
Home to four wineries, a beautiful public park with an attached aquatic center, and historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton county has a place for families and friends of all ages to enjoy. The rich history of Roscoe is what makes Coshocton County a true extension of Ohio's Amish Country.
Founded in the 1800s as a canal town and later restored in the 1960s, Roscoe Village hosts event, tours, and plenty of shops as an affordable getaway to another time. While many shops in Amish Country are closed on Sundays, Roscoe Village is open seven days a week, year round. A complete chart and map of the village and shop hours is available here:
Sunday hours for the shops in Roscoe Village differ only slightly from the weekday hours; opening hours are typically an hour later, and closing is an hour earlier. Between shopping, plenty of tours and attractions are available throughout the day, including the Johnson-Humrikhouse Museum (home to the Newark Holy Stones) and the Horse-Drawn Monticello III Canal Boat Ride at Lake Park. Visitors are also invited to dine at Roscoe's own Steak n' Stein restaurant, The Warehouse.
The Historic Roscoe Village is truly an extension of Ohio's Amish Country, offering insight into the canal days of the 1800s. Roscoe was once a bustling port along the Ohio and Erie canals before the flood of 1913 destroyed much of the local canals and halted their use permanently. Now visitors have the chance to experience a restored version of the village, home to many traditional artisans such as weavers, broom makers, printers, and blacksmiths.
In addition to the year-round tours, Roscoe Village also hosts a number of annual festivals that bring the history of the town and its traditions to light. A full list of events, history, and contact information is available at www.roscoevillage.com.
Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
April 3, 2014