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Read the lastest news about events, activities, and attractions in Coshocton Ohio.  Want to know what events are happening right now?  Visit our Events Page for the Coshocton calendar of events. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:11

Discover what the holiday season is like without all the hustle and bustle this December in Coshocton and Historic Roscoe Village. Learn about Christmas traditions during the 1800s, enjoy a drive-it-yourself live nativity, experience an old-fashioned candlelighting ceremony, rejoice in a choir concert featuring over 200 musicians, and find special gifts made right here in Ohio. Read More Here

Thursday, 26 October 2017 19:55

On Display through January 28, 2018

This special exhibit of American propaganda posters commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI. The U.S. government decided to use a popular artistic medium, the poster, to incite fear in its citizens of an unknown enemy on another continent. Some of the illustrations have become the most iconic American images ever made, such as James Montgomery Flagg’s stern image of Uncle Sam pointing to the viewer above the words, “I Want You for U.S. Army.” Be prepared for an emotionally powerful and artistically fascinating experience. Read More

Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00
The Coshocton Crush Winery Tour is a popular annual event on the Three Rivers Wine Trail. Guests will enjoy wine tastings at each of the six wineries, greet the wine-makers and receive a hand-made keepsake.
Get your tickets early for this popular annual event! 

   • Heritage Vineyard Winery
   • Raven's Glenn Winery
   • Rainbow Hills Winery
   • Baltic Mill
   • Indian Bear Lodge
   • Yellow Butterfly Winery
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 19:39

READY. AIM. COSHOCTON!hunter taking aim

Coshocton County is in the Crosshairs of Ohio Hunting
Hunters across the United States are recognizing Coshocton County, Ohio as the place for game. It’s often ranked as the top county in Ohio for deer kills and is consistently ranked in the top-three. But it’s really open season year-round for a variety of prey.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:07

Ohio Wine Festival

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a fun-filled getaway.  From entertaining events like the Red Wine and Blue Wine Festival at Raven's Glenn Winery, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like  Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is the perfect place to find your adventure!

Friday, 26 May 2017 17:55

Coshocton Dulcimer Days FestivalEscape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a fun-filled getaway.  From entertaining events like the Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is the perfect place to find your adventure!

Friday, 27 January 2017 13:49

Twas the Night Before Christmas EventAttend the “Shop For Your Sweetheart” event in the Lock Landing at the Roscoe Village Visitor Center on February 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A FREE door prize will be given away every hour. Vendors will be selling homemade chocolates, handcrafted jewelry, delicious baked goods, handmade teddy bears, and more unique gifts! This is the perfect opportunity to purchase a special Valentine’s gift for a loved one.

Our thanks and appreciation is given to the following businesses for generously donating door prizes to the “Shop For Your Sweetheart” event: Coshocton Visitors Bureau & Annin Flagmakers Showroom, The Cottage Gate, It Started With a Tree, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Kiefer’s Florist, and Raven’s Glenn Winery and Restaurant.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:19

Twas the Night Before Christmas EventOur Town Coshocton is pleased to announce the first annual ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas event to be held downtown Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Children’s activities kick off at 9:30 a.m. in the ArtPARK with an ornament hunt for kids up to age 10 (please bring a Christmas gift bag to hold their found ornaments). Free donuts and cocoa will also be available to all children in attendance. At 10:30 a.m., Santa Claus will take the stage for a special reading of Clement Moore’s poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. After the reading, Santa will mingle with children and hand out a small gift to each child. Children are also welcome to do a snowman craft provided by the Coshocton Public Library before heading on a self-guided tour of the library’s “Snowmen at Christmas” Story Walk down Main Street.

The event also features the Sugar-Plum Shop Hop where shoppers can earn entry tickets for a chance to win prizes by making purchases at participating shops on Main Street. Raffle prizes include a marble-top sofa and end tables, a hand-held Riccar vacuum, an antique glass dish, an outdoor decor flag pole with 12 flags, a Sofia Bella handbag, an Android tablet, a custom Christmas ornament, a throw blanket, a basket of salon products, store gift cards donated by several businesses, and a Grand Prize of Dean’s Jewelry diamond earrings valued at $599 and donated by Our Town Coshocton. Prizes will be on display throughout the day at the Coshocton Village Inn and Suites where the drawing will be held at 3:00 p.m. Additional entry tickets will be available for purchase. Winners do not need to be present at the time of drawing and will be notified promptly. For more information and details on the Sugar-Plum Shop Hop, visit Our Town Coshocton on Facebook!

The following businesses will be participating in the Shop Hop:

  • A Touch of Class Hair Salon
  • Carroll’s Men’s Shop
  • Carton’s Shoes
  • Coshocton Antique Mall
  • Coshocton Furniture
  • Dean’s Jewelry
  • Electronics Medic & Gift Shop
  • The Gift Depot
  • Mercantile on Main
  • Sheree’s Salon & Spa
  • Showpiece Creations
  • Wilson Carpet & Furniture

The Our Town Coshocton all-volunteer Board of Directors is exploring ways it can effect a livelier Main Street in Coshocton. With guidance from Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio, Our Town Coshocton endeavors to work with government and other local organizations to foster economic development, preservation and restoration of historic buildings, and help revitalize downtown.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for upcoming 2017 events, as well as opportunities for individuals and businesses to support the Our Town Coshocton mission of revitalization. For more information on how to sponsor, invest, or volunteer in your local Main Street organization, Our Town Coshocton, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 27 October 2016 17:28

Christmas Candlelighting in Roscoe Village


Discover a more traditional holiday without all the hustle and bustle this December in Coshocton and Historic Roscoe Village. Find out what Christmas was like in the 1800s, enjoy a drive-it-yourself live nativity, experience an old-fashioned candlelighting ceremony, rejoice in a choir concert featuring over 200 musicians, and find special gifts in the charming shops of Historic Roscoe Village.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:07

Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival in Historic Roscoe VillageNow in its 47th year, the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival attracts crowds of all ages to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of the beautiful autumn season. The festival offers three days of family fun and a variety of entertainment. Over 100 craft and food vendors line the street, displaying a number of handcrafted items and an assortment of mouth-watering foods.

Thursday, 29 September 2016 23:33

Dulcimer Days Festival 2017

43rd Dulcimer Days Festival COTC Campus Historic Roscoe Village on June 16-18, 2017

Friday: 12:00 – 10:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Free Admission/parking, Workshops are $15.

The 2017 Coshocton Dulcimer Days festival marks the 43rd year that the festival is held in Coshocton. The purpose of the festival is to preserve and promote traditional music, played on traditional instruments. Dulcimers – both mountain and hammered – are the featured instruments, but there are also banjos, guitars, whistles, bowed psalteries, autoharp, and ukuleles. This year there will also be Bodhran!

Friday, 26 August 2016 15:25

World War I Uniforms

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is commemorating World War I with the special exhibit, Remembering the Great War: the 100th Anniversary of WWI. The exhibit features uniforms, medals, swords, ordnances, an assortment of regulation supplies, trench art and propaganda posters. Over 40 firearms—rifles, pistols, revolvers, lugers, and bayonets are included. A number of the displays focus on soldiers from Ohio.
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Monday, 01 August 2016 17:35

You don't want to miss the Wings Over Coshocton Air Show on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 2016!  The air show will feature the Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, Dave Dacy and Tony Kazian Super Stearman Wingwalking Team, the Aerostars Aerobatic Team, helicopter rides, a kid's fun zone, military vehicles on display, & so much more to enjoy!

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Monday, 01 August 2016 15:28

Who doesn't LOVE bacon?! Coshocton is proud to host its 2nd Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in the downtown area. There will be a 5K "Bacon and Legs" run, live music, a piglet race, bacon eating and cooking contests, a free family pancake and bacon breakfast, a kid's play area, and MORE! If  you are a high school senior, enter the king and queen contest for a chance to win a scholarship for college! It's not just about bacon but also giving back to the community. Read More

Friday, 29 July 2016 20:40

Coshocton County Courthouse

Even though summer is nearing the end, there still is plenty to do in Coshocton! Join us on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM  for historical tours, food, and much more at the Coshocton County Courthouse as we celebrate the 2nd Annual Courthouse Restoration Project Community Open House.

There will be guided tours from the historical basement all the way up to the clock tower that overlooks the beautiful town. You will be able to get a look at the renovated Jury Assembly Room that features the Seal of the State of Ohio. New this year are four museum cases filled with historical artifacts such as but not limited to vintage photos of the courthouse, an antique jury wheel, and a silver tea spoon with the courthouse etched in the ladle. Thanks to Irene Miller, former Clerk of Courts, we have these wonderful historical artifacts to celebrate not only the courthouse but the history of Coshocton.

But that's not all you'll find in our compelling courthouse. In fact, it used to be a fallout shelter in case of bombings during the World Wars. The basement of the courthouse was built with cut stone to protect people during those dangerous times. There was a Government Issued Survival Kit which included a seventeen gallon barrel full of drinking water. Want to learn more? Come see us this Saturday!

In addition, the local band "Fast Track" will be playing in the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. Grab some free popcorn and free Whit's ice cream that will be handed out! The Coshocton Boosters will also be providing box meals that include a sandwich, chips, a cookie, and a soft drink for $5. Come and enjoy an evening full of music, history, tours, food, and overall a great time at our beautifully restored court house!  


Monday, 18 July 2016 17:32


August 12 - Sunday, August 14, 2016 ~ Coshocton Canal Quilters Quilt Show

Coshocton Presbyterian Church
142 N. Fourth Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission is $5.00/adult

If you love quilts of all kinds and sizes, come join us for our 29th Annual Quilt Show. The theme this year is "Sunshine, Lollipops, & rainbows." Over 200 quilt items will be on display including quilts of all sizes, needlework, and wearable quilted articles. Includes Opportunity Quilt Raffle, Quilt Vendors, and Guild Boutique with handmade items for sale. Enjoy our special displays: The "Hall of Honor" showcases quilts made for local veterans and "Over 75" reveals the talents of our finely-aged members! Pillowcase showcase shows our part in the "1 Million Pillowcase Challenge" made for local distribution. 

For more information visit facebook.com/CCQQuiltShow  

Monday, 20 June 2016 19:15

Historical Canal Boat in OhioLife on the Tow Path

Nostalgia is at its best when a bygone era is brought back to life through the personality and passion of a mom and pop operation. It’s the extra touch like seeing a wheelchair and getting out the ramp so nobody even has to ask. Whether it’s a couple, family on a daytrip or a large group tour, there’s one goal – send everyone home happy and with plenty to talk about.


Thursday, 18 February 2016 18:38

Visit Coshocton Ohio this Spring

Spring has finally arrived, and with the warmer weather, lots of exciting opportunities in Coshocton County for adventure!  Flowers are blooming everywhere.  Visit Clary Gardens for a “Wildflower Walk” or attend their Spring Symposium on planting beautiful containers and gardens  www.ClaryGardens.org

For more outdoor adventure, try the Coshocton Crow Geotrail http://www.visitcoshocton.com/things-to-do/sports-outdoors/geocaching.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:01

Discover how peaceful and enjoyable the holidays can be without all the hustle and bustle this December in Coshocton and Historic Roscoe Village.  Find out what Christmas was like in the 1800s, enjoy a drive-it-yourself live nativity, experience an old-fashioned candlelighting ceremony, rejoice in a choir concert featuring over 200 musicians,  and appreciate holiday shopping the way it was meant to be.  

Holiday shopping in Coshocton and Roscoe Village is a joyful experience with unique shops, unusual gifts, no hectic traffic, and free parking.  Find gifts for everyone on the list such as Ohio-made items at Ohio State of Mind; old-fashioned candy at Roscoe Village Sweets & Treats; hand-made wares at the Roscoe Village Visitors Center; unique crafts and gifts at The Gift Depot, Cottage Gate, and Caldersburgh Trading Company; locally-made US Flags at the Annin Flagmakers Showroom; outdoor and hunting supplies at Woodbury Outfitters; unique jewelry at the House of GA. Fisher Jewelers and at Dean's Jewelry; and award-winning cheeses at Pearl Valley Cheese.

Also find fine guitars and dulcimers at Wildwood Music; affordable antiques at The Coshocton Antique Mall and at C & M Collectibles; locally-crafted goods at Commonwealth Americana; fascinating gifts at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum Gift Shop; locally-made wines; Vera Bradley items and wine making supplies at Canal Cargo; homemade fudge at the Roscoe General Store; gourmet foods and unusual gifts at Medbery Marketplace and Unusual Junction; hand-made leather items at River Ridge Leather; and many more unique options to choose from throughout the community. 

There are a number of wineries in the Coshocton area as well.  In fact, within 43 miles of Coshocton, there are 16 wineries - a few of which have either a guest house, lodge or bed & breakfast on site including at Rainbow Hills Winery and Heritage Vineyard Winery, perfect for that winter getaway.

There are also many festivals and events coming up this season including the Coshocton Community Choir 'Gifts of Love' Christmas Festival Concert on December 6; the Christmas Candlelightings in Historic Roscoe Village on December 5, 12 & 19; the drive-through Live Nativity experience on December 11, 12 & 13 at the Coshocton Christian Tabernacle; and more.  

A live theater production of Uh-oh Here Comes Christmas also takes place at the Triple Locks Theater the first three weekends of December.  And the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, home of the famous Newark Holy Stones, has an impressive exhibit of Chinese artwork on display through January 3.  

Looking ahead into 2016, enjoy the Sweetheart Big Band Dance and the Chocolate Extravaganza on February 13 ~ a perfect romantic getaway weekend. Also that weekend is the Cardinal Chorale Winter Pops Concert on February 14.  On February 20, enjoy the Ice Carving and Chili Cook Off event.  

Several overnight getaway packages are available at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites this season  including the Old-fashioned Christmas in Historic Roscoe Village package and the Raven's Glenn Wine Tasting Package. 

Leave the hectic pace of the modern world behind and get away to Historic Roscoe Village and Coshocton, Ohio ~ small-town friendliness, a slower pace, relaxation, and, most importantly, true holiday spirit.  

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 21:03

The traditional Christmas Candlelightings will take place in Historic Roscoe Village the first three Saturdays in December.  Visitors will enjoy activities throughout the day each of those Saturdays leading up to the Candlelighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.  Some of the activities include A Roscoe Christmas tour, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers, hands-on crafts, visits with Santa, holiday shopping, and delicious dining in Historic Roscoe Village.

The Candlelighting ceremonies are free and take place in the center of the Village beginning at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately an hour.  Visitors are each given a candle and then join around the stage to sing carols, listen to a delightful Christmas story, and experience passing the candlelight from person to person as the crowd sings Silent Night.

On December 5, the story reader will be Maddy Meiser, music will be by choirs from Keene and Conesville Elementaries, and the honorary candlelighter will be Santa Claus.  The December 12 Candlelighting will feature young author Piper Hawkins reading her own holiday story, River View High School Choir providing music, and Santa as the honorary candlelighter.  The Candlelighting on December 19 will include Charles R. Snyder as the story reader, The Coshocton Youth Chorale singing carols, and Coshocton Ambassador 'Pooch' Blackson as the honorary candlelighter.

Along with all the Candlelighting festivities on each of the first three Saturdays in December, the December 19 event will also include kettle corn in the village. Cookies with Santa and a free Make -it & Take-it craft for children will also be provided from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus located in the village.  

A special guided Roscoe Village Christmas tour will also take place on each of the three Candlelighting Saturdays where visitors can learn what Christmas was like in the 1800s.  These special tours are $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for students and will be held at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and a candlelit tour at 7:00 p.m.  Call the Roscoe Village Visitor Center for information and reservations at 740-622-7644 ext. 12.

Coshocton Village Inn & Suites is offering a special family Candlelighting overnight package for each of the Candlelighting Saturdays. The package includes overnight accommodations, tour tickets, a shopping discount pass, a dinner voucher for the Warehouse Steak n Stein, tickets to the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, and more.  Contact Coshocton Village Inn & Suites at (740) 622-9455 or 888-395-9316 for information and reservations.  

The Roscoe Village Visitor Center is located at 600 N. Whitewoman Street in Coshocton.  For more information about the Christmas Candlelightings and other events in Coshocton, go to www.VisitCoshocton.com or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.

Monday, 23 November 2015 17:02

Christmas PlayThe Coshocton Footlight Players will present “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” at the Triple Locks Theater, 685 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio, on December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19 at 8:00 p.m. 

Based upon the books by Robert Fulghum ("Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"), this holiday comedy features 15 holiday stories that have been crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song.

Friday, 09 October 2015 18:34

The City of Coshocton has been recognized as one of Ohio’s BEST Hometowns for 2015-2016 by Ohio Magazine.
(Link to Ohio Magazine Article) 

Each year, Ohio Magazine recognizes five great places to live, work and visit.

Monday, 28 September 2015 18:11

The Warehouse Steak n Stein building in Historic Roscoe Village is featured in a brand new book to be officially release at the end of September entitled Ohio's Historic Haunts - Investigating the Paranormal in the Buckeye State.  A special book signing event is scheduled for Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m., with the author of the book, James a Willis.  

Willis, who spent time investigating a couple of years ago at the Warehouse, will share a few words about the book and his research as part of the event.  John Larson, owner of the Warehouse Steak n Stein was pleased to see that there is an entire chapter in Willis' book devoted to The Warehouse building and other sites in Historic Roscoe Village. "We are especially thrilled that the cover of the book features the Warehouse building." shared Larson.  "We hope to have a great crowd here on October 22 to meet James Willis and get a signed copy of this book."

There is a $5 charge to attend this limited seating book signing reception on October 22.  Refreshments will also be served.  Contact the Warehouse Steak n Stein for reservations at (740) 622-4001.

Monday, 28 September 2015 17:24

Both residents and visitors to Roscoe Village and Coshocton often ask about that curious name for the main street of Roscoe Village – Whitewoman Street.  Below are the documented historical facts about who she was and what she represents.  Important facts about “The White Woman” are given in bullets below; a description of how other places in Coshocton County received similar names is on the reverse.

•“The White Woman” of the Coshocton frontier is MARY HARRIS.  A woman of European descent happily living in the wilderness with the Indians seems to have captivated the interest of mid-18th century European mapmakers of the early Ohio country. 

•Mary Harris was world famous in 1746:  she lived in a village on a river in central Ohio in the present Coshocton County.  The river was named after her on a 1746 French map published in France.  The name of the river was Riviere des Femmes Blanc – River of the White Women. 

•Mary Harris is the first known settler in Ohio of European descent.  In 1750, English speaking people called her village White Woman’s Town and the river White Woman’s Creek.  That name of the river and town appear on English language maps beginning in 1755.

•Who was she and why was she living in the wilderness of 18th century Ohio?

•When she was about nine years old, Mary was taken captive in a large raid on Deerfield Massachusetts in 1704 by the Caughnawaga Indians and French soldiers.  Over 100 people were taken to Canada, including the minister, Rev. John Williams.  

•In 1751, Mary Harris was visited by Christopher Gist while living at her village about seven miles up the Walhonding River.  Christopher Gist is notable also for being the guide of George Washington during his first diplomatic mission to the French commander in Pennsylvania in 1753.  Mary Harris gave her name and a brief background to Gist.

•By 1751, Mary Harris had an Indian husband to whom she was likely married under the Catholic faith, and several children, one of whom became a Captain in the French army.

•Having returned to Canada during the French and Indian war, in 1756, she provided lodging for English prisoners in Canada and was remembered as being very kind – she acted like the Grandmother to the young soldiers.

•Her singular comment to Christopher Gist on the behavior of White people in the wilderness:  “she still remembers they used to be very religious in New England, and wonders how the White Men can be so wicked as she has seen them in these Woods.”

•In sum, she was a moral and ethical woman who survived much hardship, raised fine children, and led a happy life, maintaining her kindness toward humanity.  She may have inspired philosophical thought in France about Les Noble Sauvages as “The White Woman” of the Coshocton frontier.

All the statements on the reverse side of this handout are well-documented historical FACTS.  Anything else you hear regarding a “White Woman” are likely 19th century tabloid fiction, false tales and fantasy.  But the truth provided on the opposite side about her and her inspirational life is better than the fiction.

Lurid, sensation tales, falsely called “legends” to lend authenticity, seem to have appeared at some time after the Civil War, but before 1876 when they first appeared in books.  The salacious stories were about Mary Harris, another invented White Woman named Newcomer, and a large rock in the river.

White Woman’s Creek or River – the 18th and early 19th English language name for the Walhonding River.  The Delaware Indian name for the river was always the Walhonding (which does not mean White Woman).  The original 1746 European name for the river was Riviere des Femmes Blanch – River of the White Women – after its famous resident, Mary Harris.  The English-language name – White Woman’s Creek or River - appears on numerous English-language maps of 1750s and later.

White Woman’s Rock – the site of lurid, completely undocumented tales about Mary Harris or another white woman, often depicted as a virgin.  After the early tales were proven false by the re-publication of Gist’s account, the story-tellers changed the old lies to new lies.  In some of these tales, the river was named Walhonding after this dead White Woman, as Walhonding purported meant White Woman (“undoubtedly” they said), but it does NOT mean White Woman in any Indian language of the area.

Whitewoman Street - The Main Street of Roscoe Village was named Whitewoman Street simply because it was the road leading to White Woman’s River, which was the American name of the Walhonding River in the early 19th century.  The Indian name was always the Walhonding.

White Woman’s Town – the famous home village of Mary Harris from probably 1740 until perhaps 1754.  This village name appears on numerous English-language maps of 1750s and later.

Newcomer’s Town was named after the English name for a great Delaware Indian chief whose Delaware name was Netawatwees, meaning “Skilled Advisor”.  There was never a woman named “Newcomer”.  When the murder tale purported occurred, there was no Indian town at the site.

Eagle Feather, the purported husband of Mary Harris, never existed.  “Eagle Feather“ was a fictional character likely created after the Civil War in some dime novel or tabloid-style circular.  No English-language account from the 18th century of any trader or guide ever mentions that English-language name.  The earliest description of Eagle Feather and his life with Mary Harris occurred in 1876 – 125 years after Gist’s account – and is completely contradicted by known documented history.

By the 1909 -1911 era the tales are so far-fetched as to be lurid fantasies, as one might expect from tabloid-like nonsense, but some persons still repeated them as “legends”.  The “legends” contradict each other; even the early 20th century writers admitted those contradictions cause serious questions about their veracity.  The historical documentation of the life of Mary Harris removes all doubt:  the legends are just lies:  19th century tabloid fiction writing in the era of Mark Twain and rampant story-telling.  They need to be simply erased from collective memory of the population of Coshocton County.

Ninety years ago a scholarly article exposed all the lies:  see “Mitchener’s ‘Legend of the White Woman, and Newcomerstown” by George F. Smythe, Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society Quarterly, vol. XXXIII, pgs. 283-300, Columbus, Ohio 1924. [Source location: Coshocton Public Library, Coshocton, Ohio].  A more modern account of the truth and falsehoods is available in booklet form at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village.  

Researched and written by Scott Butler

Monday, 28 September 2015 17:14

The Coshocton area in the 18th century was the location of settlements of several Native American peoples, including the Delaware, Shawnee, Wyandot, Caughnawaga and Mohican Indians.


The earliest reference occurred in 1755 in a French rendition of a Wyandot word spelled “Conchake” in French, but pronounced in the French language similar to “Cong-sha-keh”.  The Wyandot word refers to a location or path of “Refuge” – Road to Refuge, River of Refuge, and Place of Refuge.  All were used by the Wyandot in 1748 for refuge; a large band of Wyandot moved from the Sandusky area to the Coshocton area to escape the turmoil of a war.  Later in the 1760s, the Wyandot invited the Delaware Indians to move to the area as a refuge from the pressure of white settlement growth in Pennsylvania.  In April 1775, the Delaware founded a new capital for their Great Council named Goschachgünk in their language, which is phonetically quite similar.  IF the word has a meaning is the Delaware language, a modern connotation as “Bacon Town” seems to fit best.  Americans pronounced the name similar to “Co-shah-king”.


Kokosing is the name one of the tributary rivers which combine in western Coshocton County to form the Walhonding River.  The word derives from the Delaware language word, Gokhos, which means for “owl”.  Kokosing means “Where there are Owls” or “Place of Owls”.  The area of the river is documented to have been “alive with owls” in the 18th century.  A Native American village named Gokhosing was also located on the river in the 1770s.


Mohican is the name of a Native American nation originally living north of the Hudson valley in the Lake George area.  The people were culturally and linguistically closely related to the Delaware Indian peoples and some Mohicans migrated to the Coshocton area under the pressure of growing white settlements.  The name is currently the name of one of the tributaries of the Walhonding River.  A town named Mohican’s John’s Town was prominent in the 1750-1770 era, which was located near the headwaters of the river.  Mohicans were also the first settlers of Gnadenhütten (German word meaning “Huts of Grace”) in 1773 and later moved to Lichtenau (German word meaning “Pasture of Light”) in Coshocton.  This settlement occurred 16 years after the time frame of the famous novel and movie, Last of the Mohicans.  The name derives from Muhheakunnuk, a locality name referring to the tidal water of the Hudson River, which is subject to ebb and flow of tides as far north as Albany.


Muskingum was both a river and village name in the 18th century.  The earliest reference dates to 1750 to the name for a village at the forks of the rivers.  The name of the river appears on maps dating to 1755.  In the Delaware language, the name means Where there are Elk’s Eyes.  The Muskingum River was called Elk’s Eye Creek by Christopher Gist in 1750, who later was the guide for George Washington in his famous 1753 diplomatic trip to the French commander in western Pennsylvania.  The meaning refers to the large eyes of animals such as elk and deer which congregated on the banks of the river.  The forks of the Muskingum River was also called Muskingum in many 18th century accounts.


Newcomerstown is derived from the American name – Newcomer - for a great chief of the Delaware nation whose Delaware name was Netawatwees, meaning “Skilled Advisor”.  The American name occurred first in 1754 when he was a signatory to an important message to the Governor of Pennsylvania.  At that time he lived in western Pennsylvania.  Later circa 1760 he moved to the current location of Newcomerstown, establishing a large town which was the location of the Great Council of the Delaware nation until 1775.  Americans commonly referred to Indian towns by the name of the chief residing therein, hence Newcomer’s Town.  The Delaware name for the town was Gekelemukpechünk, meaning “Still Water”, which was also the name for the slow moving creek which enters the Tuscarawas River there.  One can see that creek today in and near central Newcomerstown.


Tuscarawas is the name of one of the tributary rivers of the Muskingum River.  The name was also the name of a Delaware Indian village on its banks.  The name is not a Delaware Indian word, however, but is a Wyandot word adopted by the Delaware, who pronounced its “R” letter as “L”.  The Wyandot had invited the Delaware to settle in the area.  The name means “open mouth of a steam”.  The name first used as the village name circa 1760 and later adopted as the river name by the Americans.  In 1755 the name of the river was Naguerre-Konnan which is an Iroquois or Wyandot word meaning “place of the beaver”.


Walhonding derives directly from the Delaware Indian name – Walhanding - for the current Walhonding River and several villages on the river.  The modern village of Walhonding is near one of those villages.  The name derives from either the Delaware word, Walhandi, meaning ditch or trench, or is a verbal form of the word, Woalheen, meaning “to dig a hole”  For example, Walheu means “he is digging a hole”.  In 1758 and 1764, the Delaware peoples are documented as going up the Walhonding River seasonally to dig for roots.  Alternatively, in the 19th century when the Delaware name was adopted by the Americans, the site was the location of the Walhonding Canal – a large, long ditch – which fit the Indian name quite well.  A third possibility is the name referred to the high cliffs on the river, a Place of Gorges.


Wakatomica was the name for a major Shawnee village near the current village of Wakatomica which existed in the 1760s and early 1770.  The name means White Corn Town in the Shawnee language.

Sources and references for all the above name and river meanings are available on request.  Some of the information is contained in three booklets available at the Johnson Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village. Detailed citations and extensive references will be published in the Coshocton Frontier Handbook, expected to be available later in 2015.  All the above information is documented in written records of the 18th and early 19th century.  

Researched and written by Scott Butler

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 16:23

The Coshocton County Ohio State University Extension, Soil & Water Conservation District and Farm Service Agency will again sponsor a Drive-It-Yourself Fall Foliage and Farm Tour. The tour will be held Saturday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18, 12:00 Noon until 5:00 p.m. in Coshocton County. This year's tour will highlight the west section of Coshocton County. The tour will continue to focus on the history of the area as well as provide the opportunity for participants to have an up-close experience of a variety of agricultural enterprises along the tour route.

The tour will begin with the first stop and map pickup at The Animal Boutique & Villas, located just off U.S. Route 36, 3 miles east of Coshocton across from the Super Wal-Mart. Tour maps will be available at this first stop on Saturday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 16:01

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum will present a new special exhibit of contemporary Chinese paintings from Sept. 19 through Jan. 3, 2016.

A special exhibit of contemporary Chinese art is now on display at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio, through January 3, 2016. Along the Silk Road II features 40 works made by living Chinese artists.

Monday, 07 September 2015 16:42

McPeek's Mighty MazeA giant corn maze is opening in Coshocton County on September 18 at Colonial Campground and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 7.  Ryan and Camille McPeek, owners at Colonial Campground recently teamed up with Maize Quest Fun Park to bring this corn maze experience to the area.  

Sunday, 19 July 2015 12:32

Learn How to Draw Super Heros at the JHMEver wanted to learn the nitty-gritty of drawing super heroes? The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is offering two art classes on August 4th to learn to draw both comic and anime-styled super heroes. The 2:00 class is for children in grades 1 to 6; the 7:00 P.M. class is for youth in grades 7 to 12. (Adults may also take the 7:00 class.) Participants will learn both comic and anime methods of drawing and then pick the one they wish to use. During these 90-minute classes artists learn to draw a full body drawing rather than just the face.

Instructor Justin Harstine is the Middle School art teacher for West Muskingum. He has been teaching art for nearly three years and has an online digitally created comic that he works on for fun. He has been seriously drawing for twelve years and has sold some of his original works at the Muskingum University art sale where he was a student.

Cost of the class is $6 for children and $8 for youth/adults. Paid reservations must be made by July 31st. For more information contact the museum at 740-622-8710 or stop in any day from noon to 5:00 P.M. The museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street in Roscoe Village, Coshocton, OH 43812.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:21

Opportunity Quilt Canal QuiltersUnder The Stars – Quilt Show
Coshocton Canal Quilters
August 7-9, 2015 – Friday and Saturday 10am to 6 pm
Sunday Noon to 4pm
Location: The Presbyterian Church on the Court Square
At the corner of 4th and Chestnut Streets
Admission $5 with free parking

The Coshocton Canal Quilters are hard at work preparing for their 28th annual quilt show. This year’s theme is “Under the Stars”. Quilts made with stars will be featured. Almost every room and hallway of the Presbyterian Church on the court square in Coshocton, Ohio will be covered with over 200 items including a variety of quilts and needlework. A collection of antique quilts will be featured in the Sanctuary. In addition to the quilt and needlework displays there will be a “Hall of Honor” dedicated to our veterans, vendors, a “boutique” where items made by guild members will be sold, a box lunch and café. Opportunity Quilt Tickets will be offered for a chance to win the quilt. Drawing is Sunday, August 9, at 3:30.

The Coshocton Canal Quilters is a guild of well over one hundred members. They range from beginners to members who have national recognition. Hand quilting, machine quilting, piecing, appliqué, traditional and modern styles are all methods that will be on display.

The quilt show will be during the Coshocton Canal Festival. This will offer many activities for the whole family. Groups are welcome! Gather you friends and make a day of it. Bus parking is available. We can help you connect with local quilt shops and other things to do in the area. Please contact one of the sites below for more information. www.sites.google.com/site/coshoctoncanalquilters.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:13

white night dinner fundraiser coshocton ohioLooking for a social event that is fun, inspiring and elegant? White Night—Dinner under the Stars fits the bill. Diners plan their dinner—table decorations and meal—and then eat together outside amidst luminaries and twinkling lights. White Night, sponsored by the Friends of the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, takes place in front of the museum on Saturday, August 1, 2015. White is the theme and elegant the modus operandi. Participants are encouraged to wear all white and need to bring their own culinary creations as well as table decorations and service. The museum will provide tables, chairs, sparklers and a radiant atmosphere. Wine will be sold by the bottle or glass.

At 6:15 on the evening of the event, the table hosts may set up their tables. At 7:00 the fete formally begins with a toast to the museum and to the splendid White Night. We’ll have a unified igniting of sparklers to end the gala, bidding each other good night. Creativity is encouraged with prizes awarded to the most elegant and the most creative tables.

A variety of table sizes will be available. Tickets for the event are $10 per person, covering the cost of the use of a table, chairs and sparklers. Diners are encouraged to pre-order their wine to ensure the right pairing for their menus. The wine list is available at the museum or on its website.

White Night is a fundraising event for the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. You may purchase your tickets and wine at the museum, by phone or website (www.jhmuseum.org). Tickets must be purchased by July 27th. (Please note that JHM’s liquor license does not permit participants to bring their own alcohol.) The museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street in Roscoe Village, Coshocton, OH 43812. Contact JHM at 740-622-8710 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 04 July 2015 21:17

J. Goldsborough Bruff, and 1849er on the California Trail in search of gold, will be in Coshocton July 7-11 as part of the Ohio Chautauqua's Journey Stories, presented by the Ohio Humanities Council.  Bruff will be portrayed by Hank Fincken from Indianapolis, Indiana.  

This will be Fincken's 13th tour with Ohio Chautauqua.  "I have also performed with Chautauquas in Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and have been asked to perform at the New York Chautauqua later this summer," said FIncken.  "I also plan to travel to Guatemala next January to portray Thomas Edison."

Fincken has been studying this character, Bruff, for 20 years.  "I've studied him in depth," shared Fincken.  "I have followed the last third of the California Trail that Bruff would have traveled.  People really love the history of the California Trail and this character Bruff. Of course, this character fits perfectly with the Ohio Chautauqua theme this year of Journey Stories since Bruff actually journeyed across the entire country."

"If you came to Ohio Chautauqua in 2013 in Coshocton you will remember Hank Fincken as he portrayed Johnny Appleseed during that tour," said Jan Myers, Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.  

J. Goldsborough Bruff will take the stage under the Ohio Chautauqua tent located at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Avenue on Friday, July 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Prior to his performance, there will be live musical entertainment from the Coshocton Community Band beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Hank Fincken will offer a youth workshop entitled  'Gold Fever' for youth ages 4th grade and up at the Coshocton Public Library, 655 Main Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11.  His Adult Workshop on 'The California Trail' will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Central Ohio Technical College, 200 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton.

Fincken says he likes Bruff because he is able to remain strong in the midst of difficulty. "Bruff sees all kinds of negatives and problems around him, but he always maintains his positive attitude," shared Fincken.  "Those like Bruff who followed the California Trail were part of a whole new migration at that time.  It was a promise of a better life, no taxes, and whatever you found was yours to keep.  This possibility opened up people's imaginations of what could be.  Many from Ohio left to head to California during this time."

Saturday, 04 July 2015 21:09

Philosopher 'Henry David Thoreau' will be in Coshocton July 7-11 as part of the Ohio Chautauqua's Journey Stories, presented by the Ohio Humanities Council.  Thoreau will be portrayed by Kevin Radaker from Noblesville, Indiana.

This will be Radaker's first time to perform in Coshocton. He was on the Ohio Chautauqua tour in 2014 and has performed with the Ashland Chautauqua a couple of times as well. "Since 1991, I have participated in Chautauqua summer tours in Missouri,  Illinois, Massachusetts, the Carolinas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Colorado," said Radaker.  "I've been offering my portrayal of Thoreau since 1991 and have performed him over 400 times in over 30 states in the United States."

Henry David Thoreau will take the stage under the Ohio Chautauqua tent located at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Avenue on Wednesday, July 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Prior to his performance, there will be live musical entertainment from Jerry Weaver beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Kevin Radaker will offer a youth workshop entitled  'Picturing Nature' for youth ages 4th grade and up at the Coshocton Public Library, 655 Main Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9.  His Adult Workshop on 'Thoreau's Passion for the Wild and the Wildness' will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Central Ohio Technical College, 200 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton.

Radaker says his portrayal of Thoreau grew out of his dissertation research, and is an ongoing process.  "Thoreau was my first character choice because he has always been one of my favorite authors," shared Radaker.  "I greatly admire the eloquence of his writings and the wisdom of his convictions concerning society and nature."

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:01

Johnson Humrickhouse Museum Lecture on Newark EarthworksOhio is home to the most spectacular concentration of ancient earthworks in the world. They are so complex and extensive that they have been nominated for World Heritage Status with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The US already has 21 sites (Grand Canyon, the California Redwoods, Yellowstone National Park…), and we may become a neighbor to the 22nd. On July 18th at 3:00 P.M. the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum will host Bruce Lombardo, National Park Service Interpretive Ranger at the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, to discuss the uniqueness of the Ohio Hopewell Earthworks. For one, these marvelous Native American ceremonial complexes are immense and geometrical, with surprisingly precise dimensions and astronomical alignments. Who built them? How and why were they constructed? These questions are among the many mysteries left behind by the ancient people we refer to as the Hopewell Culture.

Nine archeological sites of monumental earthworks constructed by the Ohio Hopewell culture during the Woodland Period (1-1000 CE) is included in the nomination. That the earthworks were recently nominated for World Heritage Status with UNESCO is proof of their global significance. They are located within three archaeological preserves in the south-central portion of the State. The sites are not just random structures but ceremonial centers characterized by a variety of large earthwork constructions that feature precise geometric shapes and standard units of measure. Also significant is the fact that the mounds contain extensive ritual deposits of finely crafted artifacts. If the nomination is successful, it could mean a significant increase in tourism to Ohio including Coshocton County.

Bruce Lombardo has been a Regional Naturalist for Ohio State Parks and a National Park Service Interpretive Ranger off and on the past thirty years. He is Founding Director of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy from 2010 to the present and Interpretive Ranger at the Hopewell Culture national Historical Park since 2008. Bruce is a popular speaker throughout Ohio.

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is open daily from Noon to 5:00 P.M. Admission prices are Adults, $4, Students, $3 and Families (2 adults with children under 18), $11. The Ohio Hopewell Earthworks presentation is free with admission. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located in Historic Roscoe Village, a restored canal-era town sited along the former Ohio & Erie Canal, at 300 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, OH 43812. For more information contact the museum at 740-622-8710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 13 June 2015 19:32

Indian Mud RunGet ready to get muddy.  The 4th Annual Indian Mud Run in Coshocton is coming up June 27th and there is still time to register.  The incredible adventure race includes over 30 obstacles and a challenging course with a beautiful terrain.

“The goal is to create the best 5K mud run in Ohio and raise money for the Friends of the Park in Coshocton,” says race creator Hubie Cushman.

In addition to the fantastic course, racers will receive a tech shirt, high quality participation medal and a race bag.  The race has been limited to 700 runners this year in order to maintain the integrity of the course.   There is still space but more people are registering every day.

“We have runners coming from 5 states in addition to Ohio, with more registering all the time,” says Cushman.

 Interested runners can register at www.IndianMudRun.com

Monday, 01 June 2015 00:00

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a fun-filled getaway.  From entertaining events like the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is the perfect place to find your adventure!

Sunday, 31 May 2015 19:21

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon FestivalFor 34 years, hot air balloons have been floating over the hills and valleys of Coshocton, OH. The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of the longest running balloon festivals in Ohio.
Musical entertainment, carnival rides, craft booths, fireworks, food vendors,night glow, kiddie tractor pull, antique flea market, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), and other family-oriented activities are all part of this free event. 

Sunday, 31 May 2015 18:19

Pushing the Surface Quilt Exhibit 2015The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum’s exhibition of contemporary art quilts, Pushing the Surface, will be open to the public on May 23 through September 7, 2015. The exhibition of 25 works is a dance of color, beauty, ingenuity and story.

Saturday, 30 May 2015 22:17

Edith Russell portrayed by Devbra ConnerOhio Chautauqua, presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, will be in Coshocton July 7-11 presenting Journey Stories.  Debra Conner, from Summerville, SC, will be among the five-person troupe and she portrays Edith Russell, a Titanic Survivor from Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Conner began her career as a Chautauqua performer in 1997 after receiving a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop a first-person portrayal of Emily Dickinson.  She has since developed a variety of other characters including Margaret Mitchell, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Civil War surgeon Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.

"This will be my tenth tour with Ohio Chautauqua," said Conner. "Besides Ohio, I've also been part of tours throughout most of the Eastern and Midwest states including Missouri, Florida, New Hampshire, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and South Carolina."  

Conner says this character, Titanic Survivor Edith Russell, is a relatively new character for her  to portray. Edith Russell made her debut last summer with Ohio Chautauqua.  "It takes roughly a year for me to prepare a new character," explained Conner, "but the process is on-going.  Many Chautauquans - including me - say that it take three years to become 'fluent' in a portrayal."  

"Many in Coshocton will remember Debra Conner here with Ohio Chautauqua in 2011 as the Civil War surgeon, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker," said Jan Myers, Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.  "She was also here in 2013 as Margaret Blennerhassett of Blennerhassett Island."

Edith Russell will take the stage under the Ohio Chautauqua tent located at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Avenue on opening night for Ohio Chautauqua in Coshocton on Tuesday, July 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Prior to her performance, there will be musical entertainment by Wildwood & Friends at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Debra Conner will offer a youth workshop entitled  'Carried Away' for youth ages 4th grade and up at the Coshocton Public Library, 655 Main Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8.  Her Adult Workshop on 'Titanic Surprises' will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Central Ohio Technical College, 200 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton.

Conner knows the audience and workshop participants will learn more about the the Titanic story. "Initially, I worried that the story was too familiar," stated Conner.  "What could I add that wasn't known? But I made many discoveries.  There's more to the story than you ever imagined.  In addition, I end my on-stage portrayal by offering the audience members a chance to reflect on their own lives, just as Edith did.  Why are we here?  What can we contribute?  I won't give away too much, but Edith's story is about more than that tragic night."

Along with Edith Russell, the other characters who will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. under the Ohio Chautauqua Tent during the week of July 7-11 are: Kevin Radaker as Henry David Thoreau; Dianne Moran as Olive Ann Oatman, a white captive of the Indians; Hank Fincken as 1849er J. Goldsborough Bruff; and Marvin Jefferson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each of the scholars will also lead free workshops (which are not done in first-person) for both youth and adults throughout the week.   The youth workshops are appropriate for youth ages ten and older.  The workshops are held at the Coshocton Public Library and will be held at 10:30 a.m. each day from July 7-11.  The adult workshops will take place at 2:00 p.m. each day at Central Ohio Technical College.  

Sponsors and contributors to the Ohio Chautauqua in Coshocton include The Coshocton Foundation, Montgomery Foundation, Simpson Family Foundation, Coshocton Village Inn & Suites, Central Ohio Technical College, Annin Flagmakers, and the Coshocton Public Library.

There is no charge to attend the evening performances or the daytime workshops. For more information about The Ohio Humanities Council and Ohio Chautauqua visit www.OhioHumanities.org. For more information about Ohio Chautauqua in Coshocton, contact the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at (740) 622-4877 or  1-800-338-4724.  A complete schedule of the Ohio Chautauqua events in Coshocton is available here.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:33

Ohio Chautauqua Event in Coshocton OhioOhio Chautauqua will be returning to Coshocton on July 7-11, 2015.  The theme for the Ohio Humanities Council program this year is 'Journey Stories' featuring historic figures from the past including Debra Conner as Titanic survivor Edith Russell; Hank Fincken as 1849er J. Goldsborough Bruff; Marvin Jefferson as Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; Dianne Moran as Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman; and Kevin Radaker as philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

Monday, 04 May 2015 17:10

Price is right sign at Unusual JunctionFrom fun family events such as a 3D archery shoot, live bluegrass music, and the Dogwood Festival for the Arts; to amazing attractions like Unusual Junction (home of the original Price is Right sign), the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Coshocton is just the place to spend quality getaway time.

Looking for a fun, unusual shopping experience?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:57

The Coshocton Canal Festival Committee is announcing the theme for the 2015 festival -  Coshocton Canal Festival:  An Inspirational Journey.  The Coshocton Canal Festival is planned for August 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2015.  Festival advertising sponsorships are available for individuals and businesses.  Your contribution to the festival's advertising may be used to provide entertainment on the court square, support the Grand Parade, or another exciting activity the committee has planned.  Several sponsorship levels are available.

The Festival is now under new leadership and plans have been made to refine festival events of the past and establish new festival traditions.   Coshocton Canal Days this year will kick off on August 6 with the Junior Queen contest and the Canal Cuties Photo Contest for children under five.  Friday night will feature the Princess and the Queen Contests.  Saturday activities will include the Grand Parade at 5:00 p.m. along with craft and food vendors on the court square and entertainment.  Sunday features the popular Mayor's Promenade.

For more information regarding sponsorships, parade, royalty or vendor applications, visit the website www.coshoctoncanaldays.com or contact committee members Jacque Wagner at (740) 502-1525 or Trish Wilson at (740) 502-3568 or send your inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:47

Coshocrton Visitors Bureau OfficeJan Myers, Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau, joined  colleagues from The Ohio Travel Association, Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Ohio’s Appalachian Country, Ohio Craft Brewers Association and the Ohio Wine Producers Association on March 18for Ohio Tourism Legislative Day 2015 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.  

Ohio Tourism Legislative Day is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to meet with their individual elected representatives to discuss tourism issues and share news from individual counties.  This year, legislators learned that Ohio travelers in 2013 generated $38 billion, which supported 405,000 jobs (8.9% of all jobs in the state), and generated $5.8 billion in local, state and federal taxes.  

Myers said Coshocton can be proud of their strong tourism industry.  “Locally, Coshocton’s tourism industry generated business sales of over $50 million directly and indirectly in 2013, generating $3.5 million in state and local taxes,” said Myers.  “Tourism-related jobs support 1 in every 21 jobs in Coshocton County (approximately 750 jobs) generating personal income of $13.6 million in 2013.”

Myers says the Coshocton Visitors Bureau works hard to keep the Coshocton tourism industry strong.  “Even though our budget is among the smaller ones in the state, we strive to do a lot with the dollars we have,” she shared.  “Since our funding comes solely from the lodging tax paid by our visitors and collected by our hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and cabins in the county, it is important that we encourage our visitors to spend the night in one of these lodging facilities. Plus, industry research indicates that overnight travelers spend more than three times more money than single day trippers ($335 vs $110)."

The Coshocton Visitors Bureau recently produced their new Coshocton County Visitors Guide promoting all the many attractions, restaurants, lodging, and events in the county.  This guide is distributed throughout Ohio's Amish Country, at the Ohio and western PA Interstate Travel Information Centers, at numerous travel shows, at AAA offices throughout Ohio and the Pittsburgh area, and more.  "Our main tools for promoting our county are our visitors guide and our award-winning website www.visitcoshocton.com," added Myers.  "We also share visitor information at our new office location in Roscoe Village where we also have an Annin Flagmakers Showroom along with our visitor information."

For more information about the Coshocton Visitors Bureau and the work that they do, contact them at (740) 622-4877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at their location at 432 N. Whitewoman Street.  

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:29

Community Choir Spring ConcertDay by Day is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Spring Concert on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. Over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio in the adult choir, The Coshocton Children's Choir, the Coshocton Youth Chorale, the Roscoe Brass, and accompanist, Dickie Barrick will perform at Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium.

The choir's founder and director, Charles R. Snyder, says that the title of a particular song often sparks the creative process, and such was the case for this year’s Spring concert.  This year it is Paul J. Christiansen's setting of the Scandinavian hymn Day by Day.  "Even though it has only been performed by our Choir three other times it is a favorite of those who know it," stated Snyder.  "Day by Day talks about God bringing blessings to every day and reminding us that we are never alone as we journey through life."

There are two pieces for double choir: Let All the Nations Praise the Lord and Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come which features the Community Choir and the Youth Chorale.  "It is always a neat experience for both groups when they can sing together," added Snyder.

Lift Up Your Heads from Messiah takes the Choir back to its early history.  For the first seven years Messiah was the 'standard fare' for concerts.  The Heavens Are Telling was suggested by a Choir member as a piece for this spring.  It fits into a group of songs that journeys through four musical time periods: baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth century.  "Down by the Riverside is always a popular number because it features all of the choirs, the Roscoe Brass Quintet, Dickie Barrick at the piano and the audience even gets to sing along," said Snyder.

Bless This House is new to the Community Choir repertoire.  Snyder said he first heard it on the Crystal Cathedral, sung by former Miss America Dorothy Benham and thought, 'We need to do this with the Community Choir'.  So he spent six months tracking the arrangement down and is excited to share it with the choir audience.  "We are also singing My Eternal King to honor the memory of two choir members Dave Bown and Peter Shults who died this past fall," shared Snyder.  "It was one of Dave's favorite pieces."

In the Youth Chorale repertoire No Man Is an Island at one time was a favorite for high school commencements.  "It uses part of John Donne's Meditation XVII to talk about how interconnected we all are," said Snyder.  "They are also singing Cry Out and Shout in celebration of what would have been composer Knut Nystedt's 100th birthday, who died this past December, two months after his 99th birthday."

The Children's Choir is singing the familiar He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.  They are also singing a stunning ballad The Path to the Moon.  A favorite of the Children's Choir and audiences The Kazoo Koncerto will bring smiles and a few laughs.

The Coshocton Community Choir's Spring Concert Day by Day takes place on Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m. at Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium, located at 1205 Cambridge Road in Coshocton.  Tickets for the Day by Day concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door, on the choir website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org or by calling Business Manager, Lee Bown at (740) 622-3960.  

For more information about the choir and their concerts,  contact the Coshocton Community Choir at (740) 623-0554, find them on Facebook and at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.

Friday, 10 April 2015 23:33


It's been a long cold winter and now that spring is finally here, it’s the perfect time to get away and relax a bit in Coshocton, Ohio.  Enjoy the great outdoors, blooming gardens, history, shopping, dining, getaway packages, comedy, bluegrass, and wineries.   

Spring is surely in full swing at Clary Gardens where thousands of bulbs are beginning to bloom.  Admission is free at this botanical garden with rose gardens, wooded trails, ponds, children’s garden and a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

The UKC Beagle Nationals are held annually in Coshocton and this year once again hundreds of beagles will compete at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds on April 17-19.  Comedy and music are also in the mix this Spring in Coshocton. On April 4 and May 2 the Warehouse Steak ‘n Stein offers live Comedy Club nights to add a bit of humor to the season.

Historic Roscoe Village offers the Canal Town Journey guided tour in April and May at 1:00 p.m. daily with a costumed guide sharing stories of what life was like during the 1800s in this busy town along the Ohio & Erie Canal.  Visitors enjoy strolling along the street rich with history experiencing delightful shops, delicious dining, and restored 1800s buildings in Historic Roscoe Village ~ America’s Canal Town.  

"The Roscoe Village Visitor Center also offers daily hands-on 1800s craft making such as tin punching and candle dipping," said Jan Myers, Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.  "Visitors love doing these crafts and kids are especially delighted.  At the Roscoe Village Visitor Center, you can also see a working canal lock model and watch a fascinating documentary on Ohio canal history.  We also send lots of people to the Toy Cellar in Roscoe Village where you can see all kinds of antique toys and even get to play with some of them!"

Enjoy live bluegrass music at the Coshocton Village Inn & Suites each month, including April 18 and May 16.   Sunday, April 26, is the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert at 3:00 p.m. at McKinley Auditorium.  This annual concert features over 200 musicians and attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

The Yellow Flag Community Yard Sales kick off the month of May from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 1-2 throughout the Village of West Lafayette.  "They have this big yard sale event each year in May and again in the fall (September 4-5 this year)," said Myers.  "Visitors from near and far enjoy finding deals in this quaint rural community."

"We also invite travelers to stop in to our office - the Coshocton Visitors Bureau and the Annin Flagmakers Showroom," added Myers.  "We are now located in Historic Roscoe Village. We share lots of visitor information about the Coshocton area and all of Ohio and we also have US flags.  We are so proud to have an Annin Flagmakers factory in Coshocton where they make the American flag and patriotic decorations.  We are the only official showroom for Annin in the country and we are thrilled to sell American-made flags and decorations made right here in Coshocton!"

Coshocton also opened a geotrail last November for those who love geocaching.  "The Coshocton Crow Geotrail has 13 caches to find throughout the county," said Myers.  "We are excited to showcase some of our historic sights and cool attractions along this geotrail.  When guests find all the caches on the trail, they can turn in their worksheet and receive an exclusive geocoin. There are details on our website, so we hope to see many more people this spring enjoying our geotrail."

The wineries that make up Coshocton's Three Rivers Wine Trail are just the places to spend time relaxing with friends appreciating all Spring has to offer.  Enjoy visiting Raven’s Glenn Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery, Yellow Butterfly Winery and Heritage Vineyard Winery.  "There's  a lovely bed and breakfast at Rainbow Hills Winery and a delightful guesthouse at Heritage Vineyard Winery," shared Myers, "and Coshocton Village Inn & Suites also offers winery packages."

Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton's many affordable lodging options.  Several spring specials are available including  an April package and a Mother's Day weekend package from Coshocton Village Inn & Suites; and a Spring getaway special at Roscoe Hillside Cabins.

Friday, 06 March 2015 13:06

Getaway to Coshocton Ohio at Roscoe Hillside Cabins

Getaway Special: (valid for stays between January 5-April 30, 2015).  Choose from the following: Stay 2 nites and get $25.00 off per nite or stay 2 nites and get the 3rd nite for free!

Call 740-622-2222 to book now! Please mention this special at time of booking. not valid on holidays or existing reservations.  Package Details 

Saturday, 21 February 2015 18:47

Newark Holy Stones at the JH Museum in Coshocton Ohio

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Historic Roscoe Village is home to the controversial Newark Holy Stones unearthed in the 1860s in the Newark Ohio Earthworks. The inscriptions on the Holy Stones are written in Hebrew and one of the stones in thought to bear the image of Moses.  

The Johnson brothers purchased the stones in the 1870s.  Since then they have become the museum's 'claim to fame' attracting tourists from all over the world.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:08

Winter Getaway to Coshocton Ohio

Whether it be a luxury cabin, delightful bed and breakfast, cozy hotel or motel — you'll find your perfect & affordable getaway in Coshocton Ohio!  Check out our getaway packages and beat the winter blues! 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

The Coshocton Ice Carving Festival

This free event sponsored by Our Town Coshocton features a chili cook-off with local 'chili masters', live music, wagon rides, food vendors, local and professional ice carvers, and master ice sculptor from Rock on Ice Productions will demonstrate their artistic craft. Spectators will enjoy sampling chili while viewing the ice sculptures displayed with lights around the Courtsquare.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 01:42

Our Town Coshocton is hosting an Ice Carving Festival at the Coshocton Courtsquare on Saturday, February 21 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  This free event features a chili cook-off with local 'chili masters', live music, wagon rides, food vendors, local and professional ice carvers, and master ice sculptor from Rock on Ice Productions will demonstrate their artistic craft. Spectators will enjoy sampling chili while viewing the ice sculptures displayed with lights around the Courtsquare located on Main Street in Downtown Coshocton.  

Ice carving sponsors are still being accepted.  Sponsors can choose a block of ice with their choice of carving that will be displayed on the street during the event for $200 to $250.  Or sponsors can choose to be a festival friend for $50.  If you are interested in participating as a local ice carver or in sponsoring an ice carving of your choice for display at the festival, contact Stacey Shiver at 740-294-0287.

The chili cook-off will also be held from noon to 4:00 p.m. There is a $15 entry fee to enter the chili cook-off and cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($300), second place ($200) and third place ($100). To participate in the chili cook-off, contact Cheryl Wantuck at 440-666-2652 by February 16.     

Our Town Coshocton is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, revitalizing, and promoting historic Coshocton County. A 501c3 founded in 2012, Our Town Coshocton has been responsible for the Coshocton First Friday Celebrations and the reconstruction of the sidewalks on the entryway bridge to Coshocton.  For more information, contact Our Town Coshocton at 353 Walnut Street,, Coshocton, or call 440-466-2652.


Saturday, 10 January 2015 16:56

Sweetheart Getaway Package for valentines day

Make it an overnight getaway with the Sweetheart Package at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites which includes your overnight, champagne and a rose, chocolate covered strawberries, and a dinner voucher to a local restaurant. Call them at (740) 622-9455 to book your package.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Sweets and Swing Valentines Dance and Sweetheart Extravaganza Coshocton

The weekend of February 13, 2016, is a the perfect time to getaway to Coshocton, Ohio for The Chocolate Extravaganza and the Sweetheart Big Band Dance.  Top off the evening by treating your special someone with an evening to remember with this getaway package.

Monday, 01 December 2014 20:23

Roscoe Village invites guests to join them as they bring together a Civil War troubadour, a chaplain, a veteran, a Civil War Santa and Abraham Lincoln in a very special commemoration of the 150th Anniversary with The Last Christmas of the Civil War. Warm cider and cookies along with a visit with a Civil War Santa will be offered immediately after the program at 6:45pm. All these wonderful activities take place during the first Roscoe Village Christmas Candlelighting on December 6th beginning at 6:00pm. Special holiday music will take place on stage at 5:00pm by the First Baptist Church of West Lafayette prior to the Candlelighting program. 

Additional activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, Christmas crafts, and A Roscoe Christmas tour will take place throughout the day. No visit is complete without time for your holiday shopping in The Famous Shops of Roscoe Village, fine dining in one of three restaurants located in the village and a tour through the Nationally Accredited Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. 

Roscoe Village will host two additional Candlelighting programs on December 13th and December 20th. The second candlelighting, offered by the Roscoe Village Business Association, will have a local theme. The third and final program of the season, A Victorian Christmas Remembrance, will be hosted by Central Ohio Technical College. 

For more information on Christmas Candlelightings, please call 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830 or visit www.roscoevillage.com. The Village is located at 600 North Whitewoman Street on State Routes 16 and 83 near the junction of US Route 36 in east-central Ohio. 



Friday, 31 October 2014 20:52

by W.H. "Chip" Gross, Country Living magazine

As a kid growing up in Mansfield, I remember looking out the large picture window in my parents’ house during late afternoons in winter and watching crows stream north over the city. The birds would stretch from horizon to horizon in a single, ragged line, and the parade would last for an hour or more, literally thousands of crows. They were headed to a large roosting site just north of town where they’d spend the night in trees, then disperse over the countryside each morning for miles in every direction, scavenging for food.

Many of the crows roosted in the vicinity of the Mansfield Reformatory, the historic prison featured years later in several Hollywood movies, The Shawshank Redemption being one of the more famous. Because of its stone turrets, the prison looked something like the Magic Castle of Disneyland fame — at least I thought it did in my limited kid knowledge. As a result, I actually believed for a time that the prison was Disneyland, so I could never understand why my parents wouldn’t take me there to meet Mickey and Minnie. More than half a century later, both the historic prison building and the winter crow roost are still just north of Mansfield.

Friday, 31 October 2014 15:58

 Lots of free fun.

The Pomerene Center for the Arts is proud to present the 3rd Annual Crow Homecoming, Saturday November 8, 11-3pm, in the 300 Block of Main Street, Coshocton, OH.  

Why a Crow Homecoming? Fiercely territorial and loyal to their family groups during the summer nesting season, crows undergo a fall/winter transformation and become “communal” by the thousands to roost, i.e. sleep together. These roosts are one of the great animal phenomena of the world. Notoriously intelligent, crows have moved their once rural roosts into towns where they find light, warmth and safety. Coshocton is one of those towns.  

Annually, upwards to 10,000 crows gather nightly from early November to early March in a line of trees along the river. Science says they’re here to stay.   The Pomerene Center for the Arts says, “If you’re given lemons crows make lemonade, hot crowcoa, serve krownuts, hang crow quilts, hold a crow calling contest and dance!

Why Dance? It is hard to watch the crows flying in to roost without thinking somehow it’s a dance–so many bodies moving together through space–in time with each other. As an artform, there’s something very celebratory about Dance.  

This year’s dance schedule looks like this: The week prior to the Homecoming New York dancer/choreographer Erin Carlisle Norton (daughter of Sue and Jon Carlisle–pastor at Coshocton Presbyterian Church) will conduct workshops with Coshocton High School and Ridgewood Middle School Phys Ed students, and dancers from Miss Jennifer's and The Silver Liners. Erin holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from OSU. Another Ohio trained dancer,  Matt Simmers (senior dance major at OU and River View alum) will conduct hip-hop workshops with Phys Ed students at River View High School.  

Monday, 27 October 2014 13:29

Historic Roscoe Villagef 3 Christmas CandlelighingThe third in the series of Roscoe Village candle lighting ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 20th at 6 p.m.

A Victorian Christmas Remembrance will feature international actor Roger Jerome as Charles Dickens with music by Carolers of the Bells (Timothy Paul, Ryan McVay, Chelsea Carpenter and Claire Longaberger Kaido). Pastor Dale Sutton of Roscoe United Methodist Church will provide the invocation and benediction.

Following the candle lighting event, the community is invited to COTC’s Montgomery Hall for hot chocolate, cookies and a visit with a special guest from the North Pole.


Monday, 27 October 2014 13:20

Geocaching Trail Coshocton, OhioThe Coshocton Visitors Bureau will launch the Coshocton Crow Geotrail on Saturday, November 8, 2014.   Jan Myers, Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau, explains that the Coshocton Crow Geotrail is a series of thirteen geocaches that will soon be hidden in the county creating a formal 'Geotrail' as it is known in the world of geocaching. Interested geocachers will be able to pick up the Geotrail 'passport' handout at the Visitors Bureau Office or print one off from their website beginning at 10:00 a.m. on November 8.

"We are excited about this new tourism project to bring visitors to the area," said Myers. "But we also know that there are many local people who will enjoy this new trail and we are so pleased to be able to bring this to the county. We are very thankful to Coshocton's own Wiley's Finest Fish Oil for sponsoring the Coshocton Crow Geotrail and to Coshocton Village Inn & Suites for being the official host hotel for the geotrail launch. 

"We have been working with Dr. Lenie Holbrook, an Ohio University professor and geocaching consultant from Athens, Ohio, to assist us with the creation of our trail," said Myers. "He has been volunteering his time to assist us and we are truly grateful." 

Geocaching is a world-wide activity similar to a scavenger hunt where participants use a GPS receiver device to search for containers that other cachers have hidden. "This is a hobby that has become extremely popular in Ohio and across the United States," added Myers. "Details about geocaching and how it is done can be found on geocaching.com."

Information about the Coshocton Crow Geotrail and the launch can be found on www.geocaching.com, at www.visitcoshocton.com/things-to-do/sports-outdoors/geocaching or by calling the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at (740) 622-4877.


Crow Geotrail T-shirts available as well.

Crow Geotrail Shirt Front N Back   Crow Geotrail Shirt front


Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:52

Dancing Wheels

Pomerene Center offers a Workshop with Dancing Wheels a premier arts and disabilities organization

Cleveland based DANCING WHEELS, a mixed ability professional dance company, is coming to Coshocton to teach and perform for the 3rd Annual Crow Homecoming, Saturday, November 8.

The dance workshop will be held from 11am-12:30pm in the Salvation Army gymnasium. Thanks to an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the workshop is free of charge. Space is limited so registration is required. The Pomerene Center is accepting applications from people with and without physical disabilities.

Reaching the community through educational programs and performances is an important and fulfilling part of The Dancing Wheels Company’s mission and philosophy. With dancers representing diversity of age, ethnicity, gender and physical ability, the Company embodies the message of equality and accessibility.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the U.S., founded the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland in 1980. Born with spina bifida, Mary wanted to offer others with disabilities full and equal access into the world of dance.

Following the workshop, participants will participate in a performance parade welcoming the crow/snow birds back to Coshocton (Crowtown) for their annual winter roost. The performance will take place on Main Street in front of the court house at 1pm and will be followed by a community street dance with Hi-Fi Rendezvous. At 4pm, Dancing Wheels will perform at Raven’s Glenn Winery. Tickets are $15, wine and appetizers included.

To register for the workshop call 740.622.0326 or access the application online at www.pomerenearts.org. Tickets for the performance can be purchased online, at Raven’s Glenn or reserved by calling the above number.

The Pomerene Center for the Arts is located on the corner of 3rd and Mulberry Streets in Coshocton, Ohio. The Center is free and open to the public 1-5pm Tues-Sat or by appointment. The Pomerene Center works to keep life interesting through creativity and arts innovation.

Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

Big Bucks in Coshocton, Ohio

Trophy Bucks in Coshocton, Ohio

Hunting in Coshocton Ohio is the best place to hunt deer in Ohio

If you're looking to tag a big buck this season, then Coshocton County, Ohio just might be where you'll find him. That's exactly why Coshocton, Ohio has become very well known to deer hunters throughout the United States. The county always ranks in the top three, and often times number one, in terms of deer kills in the state.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 16:01

Historic Roscoe Village Spirit of Roscoe Tour

As summer turns to autumn Roscoe Village invites you for a brisk evening walk through this spirited canal town. On Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18, 2014 during the 45th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival, Roscoe Village will host its Spirit of Roscoe tour.

Tours will begin at 7:00pm when an1800s Roscoe resident will invite you to stroll the dimly lit street of the village by lamplight. You will visit the many scenes of unsolved mysteries such as the Roscoe Fire Bug and local legends of our spirited canal town which includes the tale of the bloody Bible.

Tours last until 8:30pm. Admission is $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for students. Children under five are free. This is just one of the many exciting activities taking place during the 45th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival.

For more information on special events in Roscoe Village call 1-800-877-1830 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit the website at roscoevillage.com. Be sure to like us on facebook.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:38

For decades, Coshocton has been known as 'Crow Town'.  No one seems to recall when or why that nickname began, but in recent years thousands of Canadian Crows have decided to make Coshocton their winter roost from November through early March. So in order to make the best of the situation, the crows are now celebrated each November with 'crow-themed' festivities such as the Crow-shocton Crush winery event and the Crow Homecoming.

 Getaway to Coshocton this fall just like the crows do!  There's plenty going on this season including the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival, Fall Foliage Tour, Fall Harvest Big Band Dance, Winery event, Crow Homecoming, GeoTrail Launch, and seasonal getaway packages.

Coshocton is known for Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s town that was once a bustling port along the Ohio and Erie Canal. It is now home to restaurants, tours of the historic buildings, and the Famous Shops of Historic Roscoe Village. Special seasonal tours are also available during the fall and holidays including the 'Spirit of Roscoe' Tour October 17 & 18 and 'A Roscoe Christmas' in November and December.

Friday, 26 September 2014 16:27

Colonial Campground & RV Park - New for 2014 - Walk in cooler and deer processing room - process your own or let us skin and quarter*

Colonial Campground & RV Park is now offering deer processing facilities and services.  The purpose built room houses a walk-in cooler capable of hanging 12 deer.  Warm temperatures in the early hunting season create a challenge to keep meat from quickly going bad.  The walk-in cooler solves this problem and eliminates the need to carry coolers and purchase ice.  

The processing room allows hunters to process their deer in a clean, well set-up environment.  Outside the cooler, ceiling mounted hoists and gambrels make the skinning process go quickly with minimal mess and hassle.  A large stainless table also allows the hunter to do complete processing in the facility. The space is designed for DIY processors but basic skinning and processing is also offered.  


The facilities are open to the public creating a convenient processing and storage location for hunters staying in hotels.  

Camping at Colonial is open throughout the winter months.  Find out more about Colonial Campground.


Monday, 22 September 2014 12:51

Coshocton Holiday GetawaysBook one of these awesome packages from Coshocton Village Inn & Suites. All of these packages include overnight accommodations, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, use of the indoor heated pool, hot tub & sauna.

Old-fashioned Christmas in Roscoe Village
Getaway Package

Girlfriends Holiday Shopping
Getaway package

Monday, 22 September 2014 11:26

Coshocton Crow HomecomingOne of the great animal phenomena of the world is the congregation of large numbers of birds into a single communal sleeping group known as a “roost.” Annually, late October/early November, upwards to 10,000 crows come from as far away as Canada to roost in Coshocton, crow resort town, Crowtown.

Coshocton has carried the nickname Crowtown for some time. No one seems to know exactly where the nickname came from but it is somehow linked to motorcycles. In 2008, when crows began to congregate in town in significant enough numbers to warrant propane cannons and pyrotechnics, the name began to fit like a glove.

Science says they’re here to stay. The Pomerene Center for the Arts and the Coshocton Convention and Visitor Bureau–following the adage if you’re given lemons–says … “make hot crow-co, serve crow nuts and dance to celebrate the return of our large number of bird tourists.”

It is hard to watch the crows flying in to roost–so many bodies, grouped, moving through space, in time with each other–without thinking–somehow–it’s a dance.

Saturday, 06 September 2014 21:10

Coshocton will host their first ever bacon festival also known as Appalachian Bacon Nation.  The event, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, will take place in downtown Coshocton on the city's Courthouse Square.  The event will feature bacon inspired food, craft vendors, a beer garden, a bacon King and Queen contest, a bacon eating contest, a bacon cooking contest, a children's play area and more.  The event will also feature live music all day.  Admission and parking are free.  

Prior to the festival, a 5K run will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration starting at 9:00 a.m.  Interested runners should pre-register online at www.appalachianbaconnation.com, or can register the morning of the race.  The race with start and finish at the Coshocton Court Square.

Event coordinator, Brad Fuller, said, "It is so appropriate for our city to host a bacon festival as Kraft Foods produces Oscar Mayer Bacon here t its Coshocton facility.  Kraft is a great community partner employing hundreds of our citizens and supporting this festival.  In addition, bacon is such a cultural phenomenon right now that the event should draw bacon lovers from all around Ohio."

For more information go to www.appalachianbaconnation.com.

Friday, 05 September 2014 23:29

Museum Fundraiser BeerThe Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is hosting an evening of beer and bourbon pairings on January 27, from 7:30 - 9:30 P.M. Beer, Bourbon, & Bites offers six pairings of exceptional bourbons or craft beers with a culinary treat. Diners will leisurely move from table to table, savoring either the bourbon or beer while eating the paired culinary treats.  Cost for the event is $45 per person, ages 21 and older only.

Paid reservations by check, credit card or cash must be received by January 22. Beer, Bourbon & Bites is a fundraising event organized by the Friends of the Museum Board.

For more information or to make reservations contact the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 740-622-8710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, OH 43812. Winter museum hours are Friday - Sunday 12 - 4 P. M.

What a fabulous way to support the museum and treat yourself on a cold winter evening. Seating for Beer, Bourbon & Bites is limited. Reserve your table now!

Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

Crow-shocton Crush Wine Trail EventThe Three Rivers Wine Trail presents Crow-shocton Crush Wine Trail Event on Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy the fall season and taste delicious wines from the five wineries that make up the wine trail. Your $20 per person ticket gets you your wine tastings at each winery, visits with the wine makers, and a special gift. You can purchase your ticket from any of the five Three Rivers Wine Trail wineries ~ Shawnee Springs Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery, Heritage Vineyard Winery, Yellow Butterfly Winery or Raven's Glenn Winery.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 19:40

Home School Days at Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village invites you to participate in their upcoming Spring Home School Days on September 15 and 16, 2014 from 10am to 5pm. It promises to be a full day of having fun while learning!

Enjoy hands-on crafts with candle dipping, tin punching and wooden top painting. Hear the blacksmith's anvil ring, print a bookmark at the print shop, dress up in 1800 period costume at the Visitor Center, write on a slate at the one-room school or visit the doctor′s office learn about Canal Era medicine. Experience a leisurely ride on a horse drawn boat at near-by Lake Park and discover a wonderful treasure at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum featuring Oriental, American Indian, Historic Ohio and Decorative Art galleries.

The cost of the Living History Exhibits is $4.50 for school age children through adults and under age five being free; hands on activities are $2.50 per craft. The canal boat ride is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students running at 1pm and the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum tours are $2.00 for adults and $1.50 for students with tour times of 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

For additional information, please call 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830 ext. 12. You may also visit our website at www.roscoevillage.com. Roscoe Village is located on State Routes 16 and 83 near the junction of US Route 36 in east-central Ohio.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:12

Ken Smailes Coshocton Ohio

This fall marks the 250th anniversary of Colonel Henry Bouquet’s march from Fort Pitt to what is present-day Coshocton, with 1,500 militia and British troops. The mission, to engage the local Indians and secure the release of more than 200 captives, was completed without combat.

The Coshocton Public Library and the West Lafayette Branch Library will commemorate Colonel Bouquet’s expedition with a presentation by local historian, Ken Smailes, on Tuesday, September 16th from 5:30 - 6:30 at West Lafayette Branch. The Coshocton Library program will be held at Central Christian Church, 731 Main Street, Coshocton, on Tuesday, October 7th from 6:30 to 7:30. The program will look more closely at Henry Bouquet, his background, his military experience and accomplishments. Smailes will explore the attitudes and political environment in the territory at the time of Bouquet’s mission. He will discuss the French and Indian War and its effect on the meeting of the troops and the natives, as well as the physical and practical situations met by the expedition.

A native of Coshocton County, Ken Smailes is news director at WTNS Radio in Coshocton and WKLM Radio in Millersburg, as well as a pastor. His research and passion for history have formed a foundation for area historical preservation initiatives and educational outreach about local history.

Registration is required at both programs. Call 740-545-6672 to sign-up for the West Lafayette Branch presentation, and 740-622-0956 to sign-up for the Coshocton event. 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:08

BigFoot in Coshocton

The Coshocton Publilc Library, 655 Main Street in Coshocton, will host “Coshocton Bigfoot” on Saturday, October 25, from 1:00 - 3:00. Marc DeWerth of Columbia Station, Ohio has been a longtime Bigfoot Investigator with over 20 years experience. He’s investigated over 200 reports from all over Ohio and is fully convinced Bigfoot does in fact reside in the great Buckeye state. He’s involved with groups like the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization), and the Ohio Bigfoot Organization. Currently, Marc and his group The Ohio Bigfoot Organization are the hosts of the Ohio Bigfoot Conference which is a nationally recognized event that takes place every spring at Salt Fork State Park. To learn more, go to www.ohiobigfootconference.com.

Marc’s talk “The Coshocton Bigfoot’ will center on the long history of reports that have taken place in the Coshocton County area in places like the Woodbury Wildlife area, Wills Creek, and the surrounding Conesville coal lands. He will also show an alleged video he took in 1997 of a possible Sasquatch from Coshocton County. This is a family friendly lecture so kids are more than welcomed. If you have recently seen a Bigfoot in Ohio, please feel free to contact Marc at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The program requires registration. Call 740-622-0956 to sign-up.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:02

Coshocton Public Library

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month this September at the How To Festival at the Coshocton Public Library. Learn how to get a library card and join neighbors and friends learning how to tie a fishing lure, or a knot, or how to play finger games with string, or knit. Perhaps worm composting is more your interest, or juggling, or ballroom dancing. How to sessions on all of these topics and more will be available at the How To Festival on Saturday, September 20th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free food from local vendors will be offered onsite, and how to topics for all ages will ensure that everyone in the family will find something of interest to learn! For more information, call the Library at (740) 622-0956 or visit www.coshoctonlibrary.org.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:51

Big Bucks in Coshocton, Ohio

Trophy Bucks in Coshocton, Ohio

If you're looking to tag a big buck this season, then Coshocton County, Ohio just might be where you'll find him. That's exactly why Coshocton, Ohio has become very well known to deer hunters throughout the United States. The county always ranks in the top three, and often times number one, in terms of deer kills in the state.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

The Coshocton Visitors Bureau is working on a new tourism project to bring visitors to the area, but this project may be of interest to local residents as well – the Coshocton Crow GeoTrail. This is a series of approximately 15 geocaches that will soon be hidden in the county forming a formal 'Geotrail' as it is known in the world of geocaching. Geocaching is a world-wide activity similar to a scavenger hunt where participants use a GPS receiver device to search for containers that other cachers have hidden. "This is a hobby that has become extremely popular in Ohio and across the United States," said Jan Myers, Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau. "We have been working on this project for several months, and are excited to hold our official launch on November 8." Myers says there will be a Geocaching 101 workshop held at the Coshocton Public Library on Tuesday, August 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "The Coshocton Library has been a huge help to us as we work to share information about our new geotrail," Myers said. "To lead this workshop, they are bringing in Dr. Lenie Holbrook, an Athens-based cacher and Ohio University professor who goes by the handle, illinitrekker." This library program is intended for non-cachers who want to learn more about the geocaching and new cachers who want to become better. The basics of geocaching will be explained and there will be time for questions. Holbrook currently ranks #36 in the state of Ohio and will have 10,000 finds at the time of the meeting. He has helped organize several geo-trails in Athens and surrounding communities and served as director for the 2014 Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure. He is currently working with the Coshocton Visitors Bureau on their geo-trail that will launch in November. For more information about the upcoming Coshocton Crow Geotrail, contact the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at (740) 622-4877. To make reservations for the August 26 Geocaching 101 program at the Coshocton Public Library, please call the Library at (740) 622-0956 or sign up at www.coshoctonlibrary.org.

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:56

2014 Fall Foliage Tour

Beagles will be returning to Coshocton soon for the Don McVay Sr. Memorial Beagle Hunt sponsored by the Coshocton County Beagle Club and the McVay Family. This UKC Hunting Beagle sanctioned event will take place at Schumaker Farms in West Lafayette on September 4 – 7, 2014. Spectator admission and parking are free. Dave McVay is the event chairman.

"We will see hunters here from all over the country at this event since it has become one of the most prestigious events to win," stated Dave McVay. "In recent years we have had between 150 to over 200 dogs in the hunt. This year we expect even more since all first round winners in each class will be qualified for the 2014 world championships."

McVay says the hunt draws participants from across Ohio as well as from several states including - New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, and Virginia. Most of them stay in the Coshocton or Newcomerstown area.

Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

2014 Fall Foliage Tour

Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19

The Coshocton County Ohio State University Extension, Soil & Water Conservation District and Farm Service Agency will again sponsor a Drive-It-Yourself Fall Foliage and Farm Tour. The tour will be held Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 19, 12:00 Noon until 5:00 p.m. in Coshocton County.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:32

Clary Kids Morning Bird Adventure

Clary Gardens, 588 W. Chestnut St. (SR 541 W), Coshocton, OH is hosting a Clary Kids Morning Birding Adventure!! Come Join Volunteer Birder Don Norman and Clary Gardens fun loving Chris Campbell on Tuesday, July 15 from 9am-noon for a fun filled Birding Exploration!!!! The day will start with an exciting information session, followed by joyful field experience and a creative craft and scrumptious snack!!! Please bring your own binoculars if you have them. Pre-register by July 10th. Class Fee reduced to $10 (had been $15 what a deal! Cheaper than a babysitter and educational).Participants are asked to wear weather appropriate clothing. This event is open to all ages but children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Class Cost is a $10 donation to the garden development fund and pre-registration is required by July 10. Clary Gardens has free admission and is open to the public, daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. this time of year. Visitors are always welcome to take a self-guided tour anytime during these hours and brochures/maps are available in the parking lots. Visitors are welcome to bring a blanket for picnicking in the garden or in the amphitheater.

Clary Gardens is located at 588 West Chestnut Street (SR 541 West) in Coshocton, just past the south entrance to Roscoe Village. For more information about Clary Gardens call 740-622-6524 or visit www.clarygardens.org.

Monday, 30 June 2014 13:37

Three Rivers Wine Trail

Coshocton's Three Rivers Wine Trail in East-Central Ohio, offers five distinctive wineries all within a 15 minute drive of each other—Heritage Vineyard Winery, Shawnee Springs Winery, Raven's Glenn Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery, and Yellow Butterfly Winery. Ohio Wineries have become a popular destination for Midwest travelers and residents alike and in the rolling Appalachian foothills of Coshocton, Ohio, you'll find that wineries abound with great wine in unique settings.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 14:29

Indian Mud Run

Register now for the coolest ran around!

For the third year in a row, Lake Park in Coshocton Ohio will host the Indian Mud Run! The 5K adventure race features a challenging, natural trail run along with 30 fun and challenging obstacles. The event this year will be on Saturday June 21st and registration is now open at www.IndianMudRun.com. “We are excited to make this the best Mud Run in Ohio,” says race creator Hubie Cushman. “We are well on our way for sure.“

Friday, 13 June 2014 17:21

Leaf Castings in Clary Gardens

Clary Gardens 588 West Chestnut Street Coshocton Ohio is offering a LEAF CASTING Workshop on Saturday, June 28, 2014 10am-noon

Join Master Gardener Tracey Wiseman for this educational and fun workshop. Participants will create their own leaf casting using a cement mixture. Castings are suitable for use as a birdbath, stepping stone, or art for the garden. Workshop includes all materials needed as well as the leaf to be cast. Pre-registration required by June 23, 2014 by calling 740-622-6524. This event is open to all ages (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Class Cost is a $30 donation to the garden development fund or $50 for two. Participants will meet at the Red Barn located above the Rose Garden. Notes:

• Please wear work appropriate clothing and shoes.

Clary Gardens has free admission and is open to the public, daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. this time of year. Visitors are always welcome to take a self-guided tour anytime during these hours and brochures/maps are available in the parking lots. Visitors are welcome to bring a blanket for picnicking in the garden or in the amphitheater.

Clary Gardens is located at 588 West Chestnut Street (SR 541 West) in Coshocton, just past the south entrance to Roscoe Village. For more information about Clary Gardens call 740-622-6524 or visit www.clarygardens.org

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 22:57

Advertising Art of Coshocton Ohio

Advertising Art of Coshocton will be displayed at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum June 7 - September 14. The exhibit features specialty-advertising items made in Coshocton from the 1890s through the 1950s. Like the perfect vacation, the show will delight viewers on many levels, offering beauty, history, enchantment and unexpected amusement. The city of Coshocton was for many years the nation’s leading manufacturer of advertising art, shipping products worldwide.

Friday, 23 May 2014 01:55

Coshocton Visitors Bureau Events

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a family-fun getaway. From entertaining events such the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Festival, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the five wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Pearl Valley Cheese, and Unusual Junction, Coshocton is just the place to take a break from life's hectic pace.

On June 5-7, enjoy The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, featuring balloon launches, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon nightglow, midway rides, an antiques flea market, craft and food vendors, and more. Balloon launches take place Friday and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Live musical entertainment includes Chestnut Ridge Bluegrass, Tristen Smith from Nashville, Timothy Paul, and Danielle Peck. Festival admission and parking are free. Find a Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival schedule at www.visitcoshocton.com. Corvette enthusiasts will enjoy the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 8 as over 200 corvettes converge on the street in Historic Roscoe Village. Spectator admission is free. Coshocton is known as the 'Birthplace of Specialty Advertising' and from June 7 through September 14, 2014, The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Historic Roscoe Village will showcase Advertising Art of Coshocton County, an extensive exhibit featuring early 20th century specialty advertising items made in Coshocton. This exhibit includes beautiful lithographs on tin and paper, signs of every description, calendars, celluloid novelties and trays all made in Coshocton at companies including American Art Works, The Meek Company, Beach Art Display, Novelty Advertising, Standard Advertising Company, and many others. This museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is also home to the famous Newark Holy Stones.

Friday, 23 May 2014 01:24

Coshocton Visitors Bureau New Location

The Coshocton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has moved to a new location and had their grand opening on Monday, May 19 at 5 p.m. The office is now located at 432 N. Whitewoman Street in Roscoe Village.

“By being here, we knew we were going to get a lot of tourists who come to Roscoe anyways,” said Jan Myer, director of the Coshocton Visitor’s Bureau. “We want to share the things in our community and hopefully give them a reason to come back.”

The lower level is decorated with Annin Flagmakers flags and other patriotic items. Even the refreshments were red, white, and blue, and the cheese was cut to look like stars, reflecting Coshocton’s theme of the “Made in America” city. There was live music playing out on the patio, and it was perfect weather to sit outside with some refreshments and visit with friends.

Monday, 12 May 2014 17:50

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Enjoy this Free Family Event, Sponsored by Frontier Power!

This will be the 33rd year for balloons to take flight over the rolling hills and farms of Coshocton County, Ohio. The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of the longest continuously running hot air balloon festivals in Ohio. This year the event will be held Thursday, June 5, Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7, 2014 with launches and fly-ins taking place (weather permitting) at the Coshocton Co. Fairgrounds. 

Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Coshocton County has been the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—Coshocton Dulcimer Days. It is also the second oldest event of its kind in the United States. This year marks the 40th year for this nationally significant Appalachian musical event, which will be held in Historic Roscoe Village on June 13-15.

As part of the festival, the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships are held and winning competitors at Coshocton's festival go on to compete in the national competition.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:54

Merchantile on Main

Mercantile on Main, a quilt shop in Coshocton, Ohio, has been chosen as one of the 11 featured shops across the United States for the Spring 2014 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens.

Quilt Sampler, published twice a year, has been profiling North America’s top quilt shops for the past 19 years. Quilt shops submit a detailed application on their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules and design philosophies. A panel of quilt experts led by Jennifer Erbe Keltner, group editor of American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine, narrows down the applications to 10 featured shops for each issue. The team also selects an "encore" shop that was featured in a past issue to revisit. The names of the selected shops are kept secret and unveiled at spring International Quilt Market.

Competition to be included in Quilt Sampler is keen. Nearly 3,000 quilt shops are eligible to apply for this year’s honor. Mercantile on Main and the other 10 shops chosen were photographed and interviewed by a team from Quilt Sampler, and a multi-page profile of the shop will appear in the issue, which will be available on newsstands on May 6, 2014. Employees of each quilt shop also design an original quilt for the magazine, and the full-sized pattern for the quilt appears in the issue of Quilt Sampler.

Monday, 28 April 2014 16:31

Taste of Summer

The Clary Gardens Taste for Summer Wine & BBQ Fest on May 17 has a full course of food, wine tastings, live music, BBQ vendors, and arts & crafts booths. The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at Clary Gardens, 588 W. Chestnut St. (State Route 541) in Coshocton.

The Taste for Summer is a fundraiser for garden projects at Clary Gardens, specifically towards the developing children's garden.

Monday, 28 April 2014 14:31

Girlfriend Getaway

Enjoy the rustic country setting in luxury in these great cabins close to Roscoe Village.  Includes a one night stay, lunch at the Warehouse Steak n Stein and wine tasting/dinner at Raven's Glenn for $220.00.  (add another nite for the discounted rate).  
Check website www.hillsidecabins.net or call 740-622-2222 for availability.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:05

Fresno Farmers Market

Without question, this past winter has been one for the record books. We all saw temps dip down into the negatives, blowing snow, ice and freezing rain. They were all good reminders to just how blessed we are when springtime arrives. Amen!

Springtime and the Fresno Farmer’ Market has been a long time coming this year, but on Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 a.m., the Fresno Market in downtown Fresno will open for the 2014 market season. Many familiar vendors along with several new faces will be once again bringing the “farm to your family’s table”. After the long, cold winter that we all endured, how wonderful will it be to have easy access to farm fresh goodness, I can hardly wait myself! Large fresh brown eggs, homemade bread and noodles, Amish baked goods, jams & jellies, herbal tea blends, bedding & vegetable plants and possibly the first fresh greens from local gardens.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, the process is very simple. Arrive and setup, have a cup of coffee or two, sell your goods and wares, eat a bite of lunch, visit with friends and neighbors, sell more, and finally, if you are able donate to the “pickle jar” when Mark McCoy passes it around, that’s great. After all, we aren’t just about “farm to table” here in Fresno, although that is awesome and what we strive for, but we are also about community support and fellowship as well.

There is no set vendor’s space fee. We operate on a good faith donation basis only. Everyone, no matter how old or young, big or small, everyone is welcomed and encouraged to bring their homemade and homegrown items to the Fresno Farmers’ Market.

The market is open every Saturday morning 8 a.m. until noon, May through October. We all look forward to a terrific 2014 market season here in downtown Fresno! See you all on May 3! For more information, questions, or suggestions, please call Mark McCoy at 740-545-0997 or myself, Julia Brown, at 740-545-0849 anytime.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:10

Douglass Cleveland Concert Coshocton OHio

On Sunday, May 4, organist Dr. Douglas Cleveland will perform at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. The organ recital begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free to attend. The concert is part of the Coshocton Dogwood Festival ~ A weeklong community celebration of visual and performing arts.

This will be Dr. Cleveland's fourth visit to the Presbyterian Church in Coshocton. He played in 1996 and 2007 with concerts on the Taylor and Boody tracker-action sanctuary organ given to the Presbyterian Church by Mr. Joe Engle as a memorial gift. Cleveland played a concert on the Bunn-Minich chapel organ in 1997.

The concert on May 4 will be extra special as Dr. Cleveland will perform on both instruments. During a brief intermission, the audience will move from the Presbyterian Church sanctuary to their chapel.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:33

Civil War Lecture at Roscoe Village

Have you heard family stories of an ancestor that fought in the Civil War? On May 4th, Roscoe Village welcomes Eydie Wright Keim, President of the Licking County Genealogical Society. Keim will conduct a workshop called, "Finding Your Civil War Ancestors". Learn how to discover more information about your ancestors in this unique and informative workshop. This free workshop takes place in the Roscoe Village Visitor Center at 2pm. Donations to defray the instructor’s costs will be welcomed.

For more information on Roscoe Village and other events visit us at www.roscoevillage.com. Roscoe Village is located at 600 North Whitewoman, Coshocton, Ohio 43812.

Friday, 18 April 2014 19:31

Fun things to do in Coshocton this Spring

Checking Out Coshocton

Now that early spring weather is finally here, ideas for places to enjoy nature and some much anticipated sunshine may be appreciated. One place that people in the area may not have visited yet has an abundance of fun things on the list for April and May. In Coshocton, just southwest of New Philadelphia, about 1 1⁄2 hours from Alliance, a special tulip garden is open to the public, a llama show is ready to take off, a bluegrass concert is planned, along with a wine tasting event, flea market and a dogwood festival. And in Historic Roscoe Village, also in Coshocton, a special, quirky, exhibit is set to open at a the JHM museum, a kid's canal activity day has been organized, comedy nights are available, and a second wine tasting event is scheduled that will include favorites from five area vineyards.

The following is a more detailed description of some of the fun that can be had this spring in Coshocton. 

Things to do in Coshocton Ohio this Spring


Clary Gardens is open daily year around, and it has a sweet event in full swing right now called Bulbs in Bloom. Everyone can come and roam the gardens from April 22 through May 30, but the tulips are best witnessed during the month of April, when there are hundreds of blooms in bloom. Daffodils kick off this burst of spring color, followed by more daffodils and tulips blooming throughout the month. While at the garden, be sure to find the ponds, springhouse, and stone amphitheater -- or take a hike on the half-mile woodland trail through some sandstone outcroppings. The garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and often until dusk; maps are available in parking areas. Clary Gardens is an emerging public garden that is being developed in eastern Ohio, amid the Appalachian foothills. Founded in 2001, it is currently in its early stages of development and the public is encouraged to visit as the garden grows. The existing landscape includes 20 acres of rolling hills, spring-fed ponds, sandstone outcroppings, and a ravine. Located at 588 W. Chestnut St. (State Route 541 West), Coshocton, 740-622-6524, or www.clarygardens.org.


See how younsters on the canal lived and worked, try your hand at houseboat chores, be a hoggee or a deck hand, enjoy playing canal-era games, hear stories of the canal, learn some fun canal songs, try on canal-era costumes, enjoy special treats, and take home some fun things as a reminder of this special time. This event is starts at 6 p.m. in Roscoe Village at North Whitewoman Street, on April 24 with registration at 5:30 p.m. Call 740-622-7644, extension 20.


In the early 1800s, goods were shipped from the ports on Lake Erie and the Ohio River to developing towns and villages in the state. This is when the vivid history of the port town of Roscoe Village began. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. daily in April and May when visitors can learn all about what life was like along the Ohio & Erie Canal. Participants will enjoy strolling along the street rich with history as they experience delightful shops, delicious dining, and unique lodging options available in Historic Roscoe Village -- America's Canal Town -- located at 600 N. Whitewoman St. in Coshocton, 740-622-7644 or www.roscoevillage.com.


Comedy and music are also in the mix this spring in Coshocton. On April 5 and May 3, the Warehouse Steak 'n Stein offers live Comedy Club Nights to help people get their laugh on and then spend the night at a nearby hotel, suite or B&B to make the getaway more complete. On April 26, enjoy live bluegrass music at the Coshocton Village Inn & Suites. Then, on April 27, the Coshocton Community Choir's spring concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the McKinley Auditorium. This annual concert features more than 200 musicians and attracts hundreds of visitors each year, 740-622-4877 or 800-338-4724.


A flea market will be held May 10-11 in the Coshocton County Fairgrounds Commercial Building No. 2, located at 707 Kenilworth Ave., in Coshocton. Each montly show features a variety of dealers with antiques, collectibles, glassware, coins, furniture, war relics, vintage jewelry, advertising items, books, knives, tools, old toys, post cards, and more. The event opens around 10 a.m. and is open to the public at no charge, 740-622-6329.


This tour is made up of five wineries that comprise the Three Rivers Wine Trail: Raven's Glenn Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery, Shawnee Springs Winery, Yellow Butterfly Winery, and Heritage Vineyard Winery. On April 26, a special tasting event is planned, and now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to get away and relax a bit in Coshocton and enjoy the great outdoors, touring, shopping, dining, getaway packages, and wineries, www.threeriverswinetrailohio.com.


The Open Highway Bluegrass Band will play from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 26, with Max Hardesty to open the party from 6 to 6:45 and an acoustic jam from 9:15 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. The event is in support of the local Relay For Life and will take place at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites, 115 N. Water St., (just off 541 East), in Coshocton (beside McDonald's). Contact Duane or Clenda Hardesty at 740-498-8456 with any questions or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


An animal lovers treat is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26 at the Coshocton County Fairgrouns, when llamas will be paraded about during the Llama Show. There is no charge to the public. Contact Janice Shilling for more information at 330-897-1243.


A treasure is any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized. Often it is precious because of its connection to a special person or place so the story itself is more valuable than the actual object. A new exhibit at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum will feature personal treasures and their stories contributed by Coshocton residents. Prized Possessions will also include rarely seen pieces from JHM's collections, perhaps better described as its hidden treasures. The exhibit promises to be as original, quirky and diverse as the people around us. Brass knuckles, carved ivory, crystals, an Indian grinding stone, African souvenirs, artwork and childhood toys are just some of the personal items that will be displayed. Prized Possessions runs from April 26 through May 25 and is sponsored by the Mary Taylor Family. JHM is open daily from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday in April and from noon to 5 p.m. beginning May 1. In addition to its special exhibits, the museum's permanent collections are displayed in three galleries: Historic Ohio, American Indian and Asian. A Civil War display can also be viewed in a fifth gallery. JHM is located in Historic Roscoe Village, a restored canal-era town sited along the former Ohio & Erie Canal at 300 N. Whitewoman Street, in Coshocton, 740-622-8710 or www.jhmuseum.org.


The Dogwood Festival is a community celebration of the visual and performing arts. Coshocton is the birthplace of the advertising art industry, and it had the second highest per capita population of artists east of the Mississippi in the 1900s. Its citizens are also deeply rooted Appalachian. So, the festival is a celebration of both. The event will take place from May 2-10 with multiple venues and variable costs, plus lots of free events. For more information, call 740-622-0326 or visit www.pomerenearts.org/gatherings/dogwood-festival.


On May 17, the public is invited to Taste for Summer, the fourth annual Wine and Barbeque Festival at Clary Gardens. Enjoy tasting wines from nine of the area's finest wineries as well as some of the best BBQ Ohio has to offer. Ohio Breweries will be joining the event to showcase their craft beers. There will be live music, activities, craft and retail vendors, plus shuttles to and from other local attractions, such as Historic Roscoe Village and Coshocton County Airport for an Aerial Tour of the Three Rivers Wine Trail. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a $5 entry fee will be charged plus $10 for 10 tastings with a complementary wine glass included. Clary Gardens are located at 588 W. Chestnut St., in Coshocton, 740-622-6524 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:46

Butterflys Ball

In honor of its first year anniversary, Commonwealth Americana has commissioned a new edition of William Roscoe’s The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast from the Letterpress Studio at Oberlin College. 100 hand-numbered copies will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $10 each with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Coshocton’s Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.

Beginning April 15th, copies may be reserved at Commonwealth Americana at Kiefer’s Florist (Mon – Sat, 9:00-5:00), 381 Hill Street, Coshocton, OH, 43812, or by calling Ed Kiefer at 740.622.3993.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:29

Wonderous Love Poster

Wondrous Love is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Spring Concert on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. Over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio in the adult choir, The Coshocton Children's Choir, the Coshocton Youth Chorale, the Roscoe Brass, and accompanist, Dickie Barrick will perform at Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium.

The choir's founder and director, Charles R. Snyder, says that sometimes the title of a particular song sparks the creative process, and such was the case for this year’s Community Choir concert. "The American folk hymn, 'Wondrous Love', is known around the world and crosses denominational lines," said Snyder. "While there are dozens of arrangements in print – and several in our Community Choir library – Dr. Christiansen’s setting is perhaps my favorite."

Friday, 11 April 2014 15:11

Heartland Travel Show

Historic Roscoe Village joined more than 200 representatives from museums, attractions, hotels, and visitors bureaus from throughout the midwest at Heartland Travel Showcase in Toledo, March 7-9. Heartland Travel Showcase is the midwest’s largest motor coach marketplace and features the region’s top destinations and attractions for group tours. As a direct result of their participation, Heartland attendees have booked approximately $85,182 per business over the last three years.

Joining forces with other states and provinces attracts more tour operators and offers selling opportunities difficult to develop without a collective effort. States and provinces represented at this year’s marketplace at the SeaGate Convention Centre included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada.

Tourism representatives met one-on-one with tour operators who book packaged travel. The tour operators are looking for itinerary ideas that they can incorporate into future motorcoach tours they offer to their clients.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 16:30

Prized Possessions

Visit the new 'Prized Possessions' exhibit at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum featuring personal treasures and their stories contributed by Coshocton residents and rarely seen pieces from JHM’s hidden treasures collections.  The exhibit promises to be as original, quirky and diverse as the people around us. Brass knuckles, carved ivory, crystals, an Indian grinding stone, African souvenirs, artwork and childhood toys are just some of the personal items that will be displayed. 

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:45

Roscoe Village Spring Easter Programs

Roscoe Village will offer two Spring Children's Programs in April. The first program is the Roscoe Kanal Kids where children will have the opportunity to see how youngsters on the canal lived and worked. They'll experience what it was like to do house boat chores, be a hoggee or a deck hand. Kids will also enjoy playing canal era games, hear the stories of the canal and they may even learn some fun canal songs. Participants will have an opportunity to try on canal era costumes.

This program is Thursday, April 24th at 6pm at the Caldersburg Pearl, Roscoe Village's stationary canal boat replica. Registration begins at 5:30pm in the one-room school house. Join us for this exciting event and become a Roscoe Kanal Kid and enjoy a special treat and fun things to take home. This is a free event; however, donations to defer costs of the program are appreciated. Reservations are accepted through April 21st.

The second event, Peter Rabbit’s Favorite Snacks, takes place Sunday, April 27th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the Exhibit Hall. Find out what others see at the 'first signs of spring'. Small groups will go on a scavenger hunt searching for those items that tell us spring has arrived. Enjoy some time learning about bunnies and what they eat; hint: it isn't just carrots. Have some quality time cuddling a soft bunny. Listen to the tale of Peter Rabbit and the mischief he gets into in Mr. McGregor's garden. This story was written by Beatrix Potter as a picture letter in 1893. Complete your visit by making up your own 'salad in a jar'. You will be able to select your salad fixin's, seal it in a jar, and take it home to eat with your dinner. Cost of the event is $5.00. Please call to reserve your spot by April 23rd --- this event is limited to 15 children.

To make your reservations and find out more about these events call 740-622-7644 ext. 20. For more information on Roscoe Village and other events visit us at www.roscoevillage.com. Roscoe Village is located at 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, Ohio 43812.

Friday, 04 April 2014 20:43

Clary Gardens Tulips

Clary Gardens, 588 W. Chestnut St. (SR 541 W), Coshocton, OH 43812 is hosting Tip Toe Through the Tulips Open House on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 12:30-4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us on our spectacular 20-acre site amid thousands of blooming tulips!! Enjoy Guided Tours, Historical Interpretations, and light refreshments. We are certain you will be just as excited as we are with what is happening in the Garden.

Friday, 04 April 2014 14:32

Beagles coming to Coshocton

The United Kennel Club Inc., the world’s largest all breed performance registry, in association with the Coshocton County Beagle Club and sponsored by Nestlé Purina, is pleased to announce the scheduling for this year’s Hunting Beagle Nationals April 11 through 13. This hunting and bench show event will be held at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, located at 707 Kenilworth Avenue in Coshocton. Plan to attend and experience friendly competition as skilled owner/handler/hound teams vie for top honors.

Friday, 04 April 2014 12:16

Applications are being accepted for gift and craft vendors interested in participating in the 2014 Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Now in its 33rd year, the festival - sponsored by Frontier Power - will be held June 5-7, at the Coshocton County Fairground.
Craft and gift vendor spaces are available for $50 (10’x10’) and $80 (20’x10’).

For more information, visit http://www.visitcoshocton.com/hot-air-balloon-festival or contact Patty Wherley at 740-824-3378.

Let us assist you with your travel plans


Coshocton Visitors Bureau & the Annin Flagmakers Showroom
432 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, OH  43812
(Located in Historic Roscoe Village)



Office /Welcome Center Hours

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Daily

Closed on Sundays until April 

Coshocton Visitors Bureau Mission Statement
The mission of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau is to increase overnight stays in one of our lodging facilities through the promotion of tourism experiences, overnight packages, and attractions to encourage tourists to visit, explore, and plan return visits to Coshocton County.

The Coshocton County Visitor Bureau is a proud supporter of the following organizations:

 Ohio Heartland Wine and Cheese Trail Ohio Travel Association Coshocton Chamber of Commerce Coshocton is Blooming Coshocton Port Authority Johnson Humrickhouse MuseumCoshocton Airport Amphiteater Ohio Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus Coshocton Friends of the Park Clary Gardens Adventures in Northeast Ohio Ohio Has It Pomerene Center of the Arts Ohio Appalachian Country Coshocton Footlight Players Roscoe Village Association   

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432 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812 | 740.622.4877 or 1.800.338.4724