Last week, Roscoe Village had their history tour for free. I like free, so atouristing we went.
Roscoe Village was a port on the 308-mile Ohio & Erie Canal, which opened in 1832 and connected Cleveland to Portsmith. Work on the canal began in Cleveland to enable merchants to ship goods from the New York region and beyond.
The heyday of the Ohio & Erie Canal lasted only until the 1850s, when the railroads began to replace the canal in transporting goods to the eastern markets. In this short time, the canal made Ohio prosperous and, in the 1850s, the Union’s most populous state.
By 1877, much of the canal was abandoned, and the great flood of 1913 damaged such a large part of the canal that the system was abandoned. You can still see bits of the canal as you drive on SR 16, and we often go picnicking near one of the locks. I really wish that I could have lived back then to see it in all of its glory.
In the 1960s, Edward Montgomery and his wife wanted to restore Roscoe Village to its former splendor. The Montgomerys started a non-profit foundation to restore the village. The foundation purchased quite a few buildings and restored them to their nineteenth-century appearance.
If you have ever seen the mini-series Centennial, part of that movie was filmed in Roscoe.
Now that you have had your mini history lesson, lets see what I am talking about.
This is the old warehouse. It is now a restaurant. They have good food……including deep fried s’mores…. Oh my, am I am in love!
The darker house is a private home. I would really love for them to invite me in so I can see what the inside of their house looks like. Do you think they would mind if I invited myself over?
The building next to it is a book store. It used to be a really nice one, but now it is just a tourist type book store.
Anyone in the market to move? This house is for sale.
I have no clue what this building used to be, but it is old, and it is beautiful. I like to imagine that it was a lawyer’s office, or the village butcher shop. Maybe even the sheriff’s office.
I love this building. I love the wrought iron balcony. I also love to go in these stores and hear the old floors creak and groan. I wonder who owned the store, how many people have walked in that building, and who owned them first.
This is the original school house. Sadly, do to gross mismanagement, the foundation had to sell most of the buildings to private owners. All the buildings I have shown you so far have been sold to private owners. They had to sign contracts saying that they would not change them from their original structure. My favorite store sits to the right of this building. It isn’t original to the village, but I don’t care. It is the House of G.A. Fisher…fine jewelers.
This is the chocolate chip’s favorite building. I am almost positive that it used to be an old mercantile or something….at least I like to imagine that it was.
The next few days I will be taking you on a tour of our village. It isn’t that large, maybe 3 blocks, but it is beautiful and old. I like beautiful and old.
Have you seen the mini-series Centennial ?