Museums and History
Have a history buff in the family? Coshocton County is rich with historical landmarks, museums and hidden historic gems. Get a glimpse into Ohio History and the region's prehistoric past at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum and the Walhonding Valley Historical Society Museum. Or visit the restored Ohio-Erie canal town of Historic Roscoe Village. Take the living history tour through the village or ride on canal boat and discover what life was like living in the 1800s. Lots of great Ohio historical sites to visit —Your history adventure awaits!
Coshocton has many interesting Native American names of rivers, communities, and villages. Find out more here. Plus learn about the first white woman in the Ohio Country ~ Mary Harris and the history of Whitewoman's Rock.
The Coal Miners Memorial sits at the corner of North Third and Chestnut Streets on the Coshocton County Courthouse Lawn. The memorial was dedicated in October 2013. It represents all Coal Miners, their families and businesses both past and present that were involved in the Coal Mining Era of Coshocton County Ohio.
Corner of Third and Chestnut Streets, Coshocton, OH 43812
Take a Living History Tour of a restored Ohio-Erie Canal Town
Historic Roscoe Village is a restored 1800s village that was once a bustling port along the Ohio and Erie Canal. It is now is home to delightful shops, restaurants and tours of the historic buildings. The Village offers guided and self-guided tours where visitors get to interact with traditional artisans, meet an 1800s doctor, visit the village blacksmith, and participate in an old-fashioned one-room school lesson. Additional seasonal themed tours are also available during the fall and holidays. They even have 1800s hands-on creative activities fun for all.
See the Famous Newark Holy Stones
While in Roscoe Village, stop at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum to see their permanent exhibits of Historic Ohio, Euro–American decorative arts, American Indian, and Asian arts. They are also 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 museum also offers a gallery that changes exhibits throughout the year featuring quilts, sports memorabilia, antiques, art and more.
JHM is handicapped accessible and has a gift shop offering collection-related books, fine craft, jewelry and decorative items.
Discover the How Canal Boats Traveled Uphill
Just past the Visitor Center entrance is the REACT Memorial Park, formally Triple Locks Park, where a compete set of restored locks is located. Steps into the locks allow visitor to walk inside a portion of the canal bed and view the stonework.
From Coshocton take SR 541 to Roscoe Village, turn Right onto Whitewoman Street and at the end of the Village turn left.
See What May be Ohio's Oldest Building
This mysterious structure is presumed by many to have been built by the French explorer, D'iberville, one of LaSalle's aides, between 1679 and 1689. It's believed to be the oldest building in Ohio, and possibly the Midwest.
Old Stone Fort
Located near Orange, take SR 751 south to CR 254
See one of Ohio's oldest Covered Bridges
Originally built in 1863, at a cost of $2,107, the Helmick Covered Bridge was an integral part of commerce in the village of Helmick during the early days. The bridge provided access to two grist mills used by farmers from as far as 25 miles away. Named for Congressman William Helmick of Tuscarawas County, the covered bridge was bulit by John Shrake of Newark, Ohio. The bridge fell into decay, and was closed in 1981. Citizens raised over $250,000 to restore the bridge and completed the project in 1996. Today, travelers can once again enjoy the scenic beauty of one of Ohio's oldest covered bridges, the one and only in Coshocton County.
This monument stands in memory of 33 members of the 109th Field Artillery, PA National Guard who were killed in a tragic train wreck here on September 11, 1950.
Troop Train Memorial
Township Road 25
near 116 N. Kirk St.
West Lafayette, OH 43845
See the Crown Jewel of of Towne Center
Built by county residents in 1875 for $110, 000, the picturesque Coshocton County Courthouse serves as the “crown jewel” of Coshocton’s Towne Center. One of Ohio’s historic sties, the stately courthouse still houses county offices and agencies. Its manicured grounds feature a number of flower gardens as well as monuments of war heroes and a Coal Miners Memorial. Its gazebo is a focal point for many community activities, concerts, picnics, and socials.
Get a Glimpse into the Region's Prehistoric Past
The old Warsaw Hotel is being restored to its former glory and houses the Walhonding Valley Historical Society Museum. The museum has numerous Native artifacts found in the surrounding area that offer glimpse into the region's prehistoric past.
Walhonding Valley Historical Society Museum
102 East Main Street
Warsaw, Ohio 43844
Discover the Beauty of The Quilt Barn Trail
Discover the beauty and heritage of Coshocton County two lanes at a time with a good old-fashioned road trip. The Coshocton County Heritage Quilt Barns tell a local history through the reproduction of old family quilt patterns and family stories.