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Coshocton County, Ohio in Pictures

Explore Coshocton County Ohio

It’s not unusual for me to visit somewhere I’ve never been and want to return to that location at another time. Trust me, that happens all the time! I guess that must mean that I visit some pretty amazing places, right?

It’s not as common for me to visit a new town or area and desire to move there. As in pack up my house, pack up my family and go. Yet that’s exactly what happened when I visited Coshocton County in southeastern Ohio.  From the moment I arrived on a Thursday morning, to find a quiet, tree-lined street in Roscoe Village, to Saturday afternoon when I left the same bustling, busy attraction, I had fallen in love. Not just with the interesting attractions and history of the area, but the laid back, good-natured, genuine kindness of the people who live in Coshocton and the surrounding area.

Not one to pass up a roadside attraction, my visit started with a drive through the countryside to Gospel Hill Lighthouse. Known as the tallest inland lighthouse, this attraction caters to homeschool and faith-based groups, but anyone is welcome to visit the lighthouse and the grounds.

The Gospel Hill Lighthouse in Coshocton County Ohio
A short drive through the back roads of the county lead me to Helmick Covered Bridge, one of Ohio’s oldest bridges the last remaining covered bridge in Coshocton County.

Helmick Covered Bridge is the last in Coshocton County

The day continued with a solemn visit to the Troop Train Memorial in West Lafayette where I learned how the small close-knit community banded together after a horrific train accident claimed the lives of nearly three dozen troops in 1950.

The Troop Train Memorial in West Lafayette- the site of a devastating train disaster
The Old Stone Fort is surrounded is a bit of a mysterious structure. You can read more about that mystery here.

The Old Stone Fort may be the oldest structure in Coshocton County, but no one can say for sure

The Lava Rock Grill at the Unusual Junction was the perfect stop for lunch and held a few precious memories for me.

The little church at the Unusual Junction

After lunch I spent time doing one of my favorite pastimes- shopping! I browsed the dress selection at The Universe next to Lava Rock Grill. Those looking for a bridal gown or dress for a special event will love visiting this store which has the largest selection of bridal and formal dresses in the area.

The Universe bridal and formal wear shop

I browsed several of the shops in Roscoe Village before I headed to my luxury accommodations at Roscoe Hillside Cabins. Once I stepped inside, I almost didn’t want to leave for the evening.

Hillside Luxury Cabins near Roscoe Village

As cozy and comfortable as the cabin was, I pulled myself away to attend a special tasting event at Lake Park Pavilion where I sampled food items from many of the area’s finest restaurants.

The gorgeous focal point of Lake Park- the Lake Park Pavilion

The renovated dance hall from the 1920’s  is used for community events and private parties and receptions. It’s also the focal point of the Lake Park Recreational Complex which offers a playground, aquatic center, nature trails, campground and golf course.

Campground at Lake Park Recreational Complex in Coshocton

You’ll find the Monticello III canal boat across from the complex. The relaxing 40-minute ride, on the replica of the original canal boats, takes passengers on a tour of Ohio’s past along a restored section of the Ohio-Erie Canal.

Taking a canal boat ride on the Monticello III in Coshocton County
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Coshocton County Courthouse is a gorgeous structure, inside and out. Court was in session on the day I visited, so unable to view the courtroom, I set off to explore the grounds. I found a couple historical markers and a moving tribute to Ohio’s coal miners’ that lived, and worked in the area.

The Historic Coshocton County Courthouse

Across the street from the courthouse, I discovered an Art Park with some interesting portraits and designs. Thrift shoppers should take note that there’s also a Goodwill store on the square, which I unfortunately, did not have the opportunity to explore.

Art Park across from the Coshocton County courthouse

Annin Flagmakers, the oldest and largest flag manufacturer in the US, is located a short drive from the courthouse. This factory produces millions of American flags each year and offers visitors a glimpse of  the skilled seamstresses and employees at work.  Annin produces American flags, state flags, custom flags, military products, and commemorative flags such as The Flag of Honor, a flag that honors those who perished on 9/11. A selection of Annin American Flags and Banners can be purchased at the Coshocton Visitors Center in Historic Roscoe Village.

Visit the Annin Flagmakers Factory in Coshocton, Ohio and learn what goes into making a quality flag

MMS Aviation, Mission Maintenance Services, trains aircraft mechanics to prepare airplanes for the mission field. This hands-on course of operates as an apprenticeship program that prepares students to pass tests administered by the FAA to become aircraft mechanic who actively serve in the mission field enabling missionaries from around the world to share the Gospel. Groups are invited to tour the hangars and learn about the ministry.

MMS Aviation in Coshocton Ohio welcomes groups to visit the facility and learn about the mission

React Memorial Park is a great spot for visitors to relax with a picnic lunch. It also allows visitors an opportunity to step inside a restored lock, right around the corner from Roscoe Village.

React Memorial Park in Coshocton County, Ohio showcase three restored locks

Historic Roscoe Village allows visitors to step back in time to a restored 1830’s canal town and is a highlight of Coshocton County.

Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton Ohio
Every where I went, I encountered genuinely kind and helpful people. From the director of the Coshocton County Visitors Bureau, to the two gentlemen cutting wood outside their home who offered directions to the covered bridge, to the sheriff and store owner in West Lafayette who tracked down a resident who could answer my questions about the Troop Train Memorial, to the groundskeeper at Roscoe Hillside Cabins, I was met with kindness everywhere I went and I left feeling like maybe, I’d made a few new friends.

Would you like to experience the hospitality of Coshocton County Ohio for yourself? Contact the Coshocton County Visitors Bureau for more information or for help planning a trip for your family.

Address: 432 N. Whitewoman St. Coshocton, Ohio 43812
Phone: 740-622-4877
Website: http://www.visitcoshocton.com/
Social Media: Coshocton County on Facebook or on Twitter.

Things to do in Ohio Coshocton County

 

Nearby Attractions:
The Old Stone Fort: Shrouded in Mystery in Coshocton County
A Touch of Nostalgia at the Unusual Junction and Lava Rock Grill
The Wilds: Perfect for Multigenerational Family Fun

Thanks to Coshocton County Visitors Bureau for arranging and hosting my stay so I could share my experience with my readers, social media following and anyone else who will listen. 

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Phyllis Cotterman

Monday 28th of October 2019

Too bad you missed Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. Coshocton’s best kept secret, evidently. Be sure to put it on your list for your next visit.

Tonya Prater

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I will. Thank you!

Gretchen Garrison

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

What a versatile selection of great options. Hard to believe this is one county!

Tonya

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

There really is so much to do and it's another of those places in Ohio that I think your family would really enjoy. Lots of history, presented in a fun way.

Dominique King

Monday 20th of October 2014

I love old courthouses, so this one looks like a must-see for me!

Tonya

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

Did you see my post on the Clinton County Courthouse? That's one you'd enjoy as well.

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