Bring the Canal Era to Life for Your Students!
Plan a “boat load” of fun learning for your school group as they realize the great importance of a nation waterway — the Ohio & Erie Canal. Before trains and cars, Ohio's canals connected the Ohio River to Lake Erie. The first canal boat docked at Roscoe Village in 1830 and the town became a major port along the canal. For 25 years, this canal provided a route over which manufactured goods and settlers could flow into the west and timber and agricultural products could pour into the east. Stimulate your student’s curiosity for Ohio’s history and as they learn how different life was back in the 19th century!
Option 1 - Canal Tour Journey Tour
Journey through a restored 1800's Ohio-Erie canal town. Learn about the canal as you watch "The Ditches of Destiny" in our Theater and afterwards tour the main floor of the Visitor's Center, complete with realistic dioramas and a working lock model. Experience the world of the Canal Era craftsmen, learn about medicines of the time at the doctor's office, take a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse, see the trappings to 1800's daily life in our doctor's house, and more. Our Canal Town Journey Tour supports the State of Ohio Social Studies Standards.
Option 2 - Simple Machines Tour
Discover how the practical needs of the canal era homemaker and craftsman led to use of simple machines and the development of inventions. Your student may try their hand at a few simple experiments as they visit the living history areas.
Option 3 - Hands-On Canal Era Crafts
At Roscoe Village, hands-on activities are based on crafts practiced during the Canal Era. As part of your session, one of our trained interpreters will present appropriate historic interpretation and instructions. More information about Hands-On Crafts.
- Visit the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. This nationally accredited museum has four permanent exhibit galleries: American Indian, Historic Ohio, Decorative Arts and East Asian. A fifth gallery displays temporary exhibits that range in topics from art to history.
- Take a ride on the Monticello III Canal Boat ride. No visit to Roscoe Village is compete without a relaxing cruise along a 1 1/2 mile stretch of canal in the horse-drawn Monticello III. A part of the Lake Park Complex, the 45-minute ride allows your group to experience this 4 mph mode of early transportation. The canal boat captain provides the passengers with a little insight into life on the canal during its 1800s heyday.
Reserve your school field trip today, call (740) 622-7644 ext. 12