Journey through the Living History Exhibits and see a glimpse of life along the canal in early Roscoe. Living History Tour tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or the Toll House for entry to the exhibits listed below.
Living History Exhibits at Historic Roscoe Village
The Visitor Center
This beautiful welcome center is the place to purchase Living History Tour tickets, view the Ditches of Destiny video and stroll through the Founder’s Gallery, where the story of Edward and Frances Montgomery’s restoration dream is told. In the Exhibit Hall, located on the lower level, you will find detailed dioramas, maps and models of the canal and lock system and our cooperage exhibit. At the Village Crafter’s Shop, located inside the Visitor Center, you can purchase items which have been fashioned by our skilled Roscoe Village artisans.
The Village Smithy
Built c.1889, this rustic structure is the home of our village blacksmith. Since its renovation in 1978, the barn has come alive with memories, as a blacksmith demonstrates, using the old tools and techniques of the Canal Era.
The Hay Craft & Learning Center
Watch the broom squire handcraft useful brooms from broomcorn. Learn about the various specialty brooms made in Roscoe Village. See the printer operate an 1870s press and receive a sample bookmark. Home to the broom shop and print shop, the Raymond Hay Craft and Learning Center was built in 1987 and named in honor of Raymond Hay, an active community leader and supporter of Roscoe Village.
The Toll House
This is the restored home of Jacob Welsh, the first recorded toll collector in Roscoe. It is now home to exhibit items and a video about the restoration processes used throughout the Village as well as The Toy Cellar, a vintage toy exhibit. You may also enjoy the Toll House gift shop and purchase Living History Tour tickets here.
Dr. Maro Johnson's Office
Built in 1842, Dr. Johnson’s Office is home to many medical instruments and furnishings of the 19th century. Listen to Dr. Johnson as he shares stories about 1800s medicine. Visit the medical display located on the second floor.
Dr. Maro Johnson's House
This beautifully furnished 1830s period home was once owned by Dr. Maro Johnson, a prominent doctor in Roscoe during the Canal Era. Here he lived with his wife and four children while keeping his office in the rooms next door. Antiques from the 1800s provide the background, while costumed interpreters describe the lifestyle and furnishings.
Caldersburgh Pearl Canal Boat Exhibit
Climb aboard this life-size replica of a three-cabin cargo boat. This exhibit is permanently moored along the hillside in Roscoe and will spark the imaginations of guests of all ages with its authentic detail.
At the Roscoe School children gather of all ages at the one-room schoolhouse for a daily lesson of reading, writing and arithmetic under the watchful eye of the school teacher.
The Craftman's House
As both the oldest building in Roscoe, built in 1825, and the only building to be moved from its original site on SR 541 W, this little home has quite a past. Previously the home of canal weaver Daniel Boyd and his family, today you will find looms and a home representing the lifestyle of the typical Roscoe resident.