The Gardens of Roscoe

The Gardens of Roscoe open on a path that unwinds at a decidedly slower pace. The gardens that Frances Montgomery lovingly left give visitors moment after moment to marvel at the magnificent blooms. Throughout the year, season after season, Roscoe Village boasts a bounty of beautiful gardens.

Butterfly Garden

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To reduce the high maintenance of annuals, the original garden was re-designed as a butterfly garden.  The butterfly bath provides them with the water they need.

Toll House Garden

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Being the first garden planted by Mrs. Montgomery, many of the plants originated from her home on Hill Street.  She loved plants with red berries and white flowers and used many in this garden.

LeRetilley Fish Pond Garden

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A warehouse owned by James LeRetilley once occupied this site.  It was reclaimed as a garden by Mrs. Montgomery in 1975.

Eliza’s Garden

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A stone wall and a picket fence are the focal points of this garden which was created along the path of the canal.

Buckeye Garden

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Mrs. Montgomery designed this garden using stone from an existing house foundation and stone from the old Coshocton County Jail.  A Buckeye Tree, planted in 1993, replaced one that was destroyed in a 1989 storm.

Gazebo Garden

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This serene area, near the Visitor Center, provides guests with a charming view of the garden while enjoying the shade of the gazebo

Frances Montgomery Memorial Garden

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The Memorial Garden was dedicated to honor Mrs. Montgomery and her passion for gardening. From the waterfall to the stonework, many of her favorite plants are featured.

Weaver’s Garden

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The Daniel Boyd house was moved to this spot in 1990. In 2003, the Master Gardeners converted the area to a weaver’s garden, growing plants that were used to dye cloth.

Caldersburgh Garden

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James Calder founded this area in 1816 and it was renamed Roscoe Village in 1831. The Caldersburgh Pearl Canal Boat Exhibit was built in 2001 and the gardens were planted to give the area a natural look.

What Do Our Visitors Say?

Roscoe Village takes you right back in time with cobblestone sidewalks and a number of period buildings, which you can tour after paying a small admission. The living history tour includes costumed actors, which guide you through fully restored rooms. The tour can easily take up an entire morning and afternoon. While it is a great excursion for school-age children, I found it to be entertaining and educational for adults as well. I also learned a lot about the history of trade canals and their operation in Ohio after viewing a short film at the information center and a riding in the horse-drawn canal boat.