Midwest Living Review
Historic Roscoe Village is small -- actually just a few blocks along a single street -- but there is enough to do to easily fill a day. Even though this restored 19th-century canal town is from a different era in American history, Roscoe Village just might give Colonial Williamsburg a run for its money. The village is a delightful combination of living history exhibits and specialty retail shops and restaurants, making it a great pick for curious tourists and history buffs alike. Start at the Visitors Center, where the staff will help you plan your day, and you'll have the chance to get a significant admissions savings by purchasing all of your tickets at once. Don't miss the "Ditches of Destiny" video for a quick introduction to canal history and life in a canal town. Roscoe Village's Canal Town Journey includes eight living history exhibits where visitors experience 19th-century life by taking a trip to the village smithy and visiting the town doctor. Choose from a guided tour, or set your own pace. Take a break from the official exhibits to explore the Shops of Roscoe Village. The shops are a browser's paradise, offering a unique selection of food and gift items, women's clothing and accessories, baby clothes and toys, jewelry, and home and garden furnishing and decor. This collection of boutiques and specialty retailers is housed in restored 19th-century buildings, so keep an eye out for architectural details like the pressed-tin ceiling in the Roscoe General Store and the authentic historic paint colors in River Ridge Leather. Don't overlook The Garden Gate, a garden accessories store with a great selection of both funky and traditional merchandise, where a green thumb is definitely not required.There are several satisfying food options within Roscoe Village. Dine inside or out at either Warehouse Steak n' Stein or Uncorked Wine and Coffee Bar. Medbery Marketplace, a gourmet deli and specialty food store, offers custom picnic lunches if you'd like to eat alfresco at nearby Coshocton Lake Park. Admission charged to some attractions. You don't need more than a day to experience it all, but you do need the whole day.