Hands-On Activities

Have fun making a canal era craft at Historic Roscoe Village

— and get a history lesson and a keepsake at the same time!

This fun activity is perfect for school groups, homeschoolers, clubs, church groups, tour groups, families, seniors, youth and more!   Hands-on Activities are available on a walk-in basis at the Visitor Center.   The Visitor Center hours are listed below.  Additional times can be made available by calling 740-622-7644 ext.20.

Visitor Center Hours
January – March Monday – Saturday  (10am – 4pm)  Sunday (12pm-5pm)
April – May Monday – Saturday  (10am – 4pm)  Sunday (12pm-5pm)
MEMORIAL DAY – LABOR DAY Monday - Saturday (10am - 4pm)    Sunday (12pm – 5pm)
September – December Monday-Saturday (10am-4pm)  Sunday (12pm-5pm)

Cost: $3.00 for each craft (Groups of 10 or more $2.75.)

*Unless otherwise noted, each activity can accommodate up to 30 participants at one time and is structured to last 20 – 30 minutes. Group leaders may pre-schedule two activities for their entire group through our Education Department at 800-877-1830.

Educational Hands-on Activities that All Ages Enjoy

Tin Punching Activities at Historic Roscoe Village OhioTin Punching

Practice the craft of a tinsmith by transforming a simple piece of tin into a decorative ornament.

  • Recommend grade 2 and higher.
  • Craft involves the use of a hammer and nail. Younger children should have adult assistance.

Candle Dipping Activities at Historic Roscoe Village OhioCandle Dipping

We take light for granted now but lighting up a room wasn't just a flip of a switch in the 19th century.   Learn the important task of hand-dipping a small wick into warm wax to form your very own pair of candles. 

  • Recommend grade K and higher.

Weaving Activities Historic Roscoe Village OhioWeaving

The earliest weavers used a slotted wooden frame, yarn and their fingers to practice their craft. Participants can duplicate these early methods to create their small (approx. 2” square) weaving to take home.

  • Recommend grade 4 and higher.
  • Suggest no more than 20 participants per session.
  • Younger children can successfully complete this craft, but may need additional adult assistance.
  • As practice, it may be helpful for school students to make a woven paper craft before their visit to Roscoe Village.

Rope Making Activities at Historic Roscoe Village OhioRope Making

When the captain needed rope to secure his canal boat to its moorings, he made a visit to the local rope-maker.  Join in the fun of twisting rope from simple jute twine. The length of rope can be left intact or you can add knots and cut into souvenir sections for each member in your group.

  • Appropriate for all ages.

Painting Activities at Historic Roscoe Village OhioTop Painting

Canal life was filled with work, but there was also time for play.  After learning about some canal era games, you can decorate your own wooden top, a 19th century favorite. 

  • Appropriate for all ages.
  • Limit to 20 participants per session.
  • Paint shirts are not provided, washable paint.
  • Allow for dry time.


Contact Us

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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Call 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830

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