Roscoe Village, Ohio - My Family Travels

On July 21, my family and I went to Roscoe Village. Roscoe Village is a restored town in Coshocton, Ohio. It is an historic town that has informational shops such as the blacksmith, pottery, weaving, printing, and much more.

We arrived to see the “Civil War Re-enactment” take place. The program displayed the soldiers’ uniforms and what the colors represented, such as red bands meant wounded. We also saw the ladies’ and young females’ dresses.

I was amazed to find out that the different “regiments” on each side took turns standing at the front line while the others re-loaded or tended the fallen. Women and children served as nurses, carried supplies, and held flags.

We also saw the printer’s shop. Have you ever wondered where the names “upper and lower-case letters” came from? Well, when printers first started out they kept their letters in shelves. Capitals in “upper-case” and small letters in “lower-cases”.

My favorite sight was the canal boat ride. Canals were invented by “Mad Monteccelo”. The canals which were hand shoveled allowed the 14 foot wide boat to pass through. Pulled by mules attached to a “tow line” the boat carried goods cheaper. A “hoagie” was the lady who led the mules. Often two boats would literally fight over the right of way because the canals could be as wide as only 15 feet. The memories I made there will last me a lifetime.

Christina Lynn Mayer is a 16-year-old from New London, Ohio. This story was the First Place winner in the High School Division of the 2002 Great Ohio Adventures in Learning (GOAL) essay writing contest on the subject of “What I Learned this Summer.”   Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development’s Division of Travel and Tourism, it was first published on

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