Roscoe Village and random boat rides

I mentioned in an earlier blog that as part of our summer my daughter Fi and I have been trying to visit some cool historical places that I had added to my American Girl program fliers that I hand out at the library whenever I do an AG program.  I thought it would be awesome to actually visit some of the places that we’d never been too.

While we were  down in the Zanesville area visiting The Wilds we stopped at Roscoe Village which was on my American Girl Addy (Civil War era) flier and we also stopped at the Monticello III horse drawn canal boat ride-which is part of Roscoe Village and the Lorena Sternwheeler paddle Wheel boat ride (which was not on any list but will be from now on!)

We didn’t do the guided tour at Roscoe Village as I wasn’t sure little Lexi could handle a two hour walking tour, even with the stroller, but we did enjoy shopping for old fashioned candy at the general store and then stopping at the main building to do some cool crafts and to dress up in clothing from the mid 1800’s.

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The girls enjoyed making the tin punch crafts where they each picked a design they liked and used a hammer and nail to punch holes along the lines of the design.  They turned out really pretty and I think they will look nice hanging on our tree this year 🙂

The canal boat ride was like nothing I’ve ever done before.  It really felt like stepping back in time 150 years.  A set of two horses pulled the boat from a long rope down the canal.  The horses walked along side the canal on a little path and were steered by a man.  There was also another guy who steered the boat down the canal from the top of the boat while we all sat inside.  After a third person talked about the history of Ohio’s canals we were able to go up top as well.  The ride was incredibly smooth and they had us close our eyes to prove that you couldn’t even feel the boat moving or rocking at all!
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I discovered the Lorena Sternwheeler just by chance while looking through a magazine of things to do while in Zanesville.  I’ve never been on a paddle wheel boat ride and thought it would be really fun to try out.  We decided to do the lunch tour and then headed home from there after our visit to The Wilds.  The lunch tour was only like $15 and that included the boat ride as well as a really nice lunch.  There was a really good turkey sandwich, can of pop, chips, and two cookies.  The boat ride was only about an hour so the perfect amount of time for us all to eat, explore the boat and then relax a little before getting off again.

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