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


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


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


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

Eliza’s Garden


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


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


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


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


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


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?

What a special place! Start at the visitor center, watch the film about canals and the village. Next get your ticket for the living history exhibits - veterans/active servicemen are free and there are discounts for students, seniors and AAA members. With the ticket, you wear a wristband and can enter the buildings with a living history storyteller. We visited them all, and learned something at every stop. The weaver did a fantastic job explaining the craft and it was interesting to see a blacksmith in action. Print shop, broom maker, schoolhouse and Dr office - all were staffed and the guide shared stories of the people who lived there. Nestled in with the exhibits are some neat shops for antiques, Ohio made items and collectibles. Be sure to catch the canal boat ride - it requires an extra fee, and only runs certain times/days. The boat has a guide, and ours was fantastic! We learned so much about canals and their part in the history of Ohio. This place is a family friendly trip, something all ages can enjoy.