Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together a list of frequently asked questions about the History of Roscoe and information to help plan your trip to Historic Roscoe Village.   For additional information, call us at 800-877-1830 or 740-622-7644

  • Q. Why is Roscoe's main street named "Whitewoman Street"?

    Roscoe's main street is named Whitewoman Street in honor of Mary Harris, who is considered to be the first white woman resident in the Ohio Country. Convincing genealogical evidence indicates that Mary Harris was born in Springfield, Massachusetts around 1695. Her father died when Mary was approximately seven years old. Due to financial constraints, Mary was then "bound out" as a servant girl to a family which soon moved to Deerfield, Massachusetts. On February 29, 1704, 200 Indians and about 40 French soldiers attacked Deerfield. Prior to the French and Indian War, French and English were competing for land in the area. As a result of the raid, 17 homes were burned, 38 or more people were killed and 112 captives were marched, through the snow, from Deerfield to Canada. Among those who survived the journey was Mary Harris. She was taken to Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) a Jesuit mission settlement located about 10 miles from Montreal. She was adopted by an Indian family and later married an Indian brave. She adapted well to Indian culture and Mary had several children. Peter became a captain in the French army. Joseph participated in the fur trade with the Dutch in New York. Around 1748, before the French and Indian War, the French asked some of their Kahnawake allies to move to the Ohio Country to make the French claim there more legitimate. Mary’s family was among those to establish a town near present-day Warsaw. Mary was highly respected by the Indians. They named their new village Whitewoman Town and the river near it White Woman River (Walhonding River) in her honor. A land scout, Christopher Gist, met her in Whitewoman Town in 1751. Mary had returned to Kahnawake by 1756. It is presumed she lived there until her death.

    Researched by Alice M. Hoover

  • Q. Where was the Ohio and Erie Canal located in relation to Roscoe?

    Ohio Erie Canal in Coshocton Ohio Roscoe VillageThe canal ran where State Route 16, the four-lane highway that runs alongside the Village, is today.

  • Q. Explain what "living history" means?

    Historic Roscoe Village Living History TourLiving history involves various activities such as the re-enactment of historical events or the recreation of living conditions of the past.  Historic Roscoe Village is a 19th century living history community with costumed interpreters and artisans located in restored canal era buildings and historical exhibits for the purposed of education and preservation of Roscoe's heritage during the canal period.

  • Q. When was Roscoe founded?

    The original community was named Caldersburgh and founded by James Calder in 1816.  The name was later changed to Roscoe in 1831 to honor William Roscoe, a poet and abolitionist from England.  (William Roscoe died in 1831.  It is probable that he never visited Roscoe, Ohio, or even knew that the town was named after him.)  In 1840, the population of Roscoe was 468. 

  • Q. What historic time period do we represent in the Village?

    19th century and early 20th century (from 1830-1913)

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Historic Roscoe Village
The Roscoe Village Foundation, Inc.
600 N. Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, Ohio 43812
740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830

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