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Educational opportunities at historic sites

September 21, 2017
MOV Parent

Homeschool Days at Roscoe Village

Coshocton, Ohio - The Roscoe Village Foundation, partnering with the Canal Boat Landing and the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, will be hosting Home School Days on Thursday and Friday, September 14th and 15th this year. The Visitor Center will be open both days, 10:00am to 5:00pm. You may purchase your tickets at the main desk on the second floor, view "Ditches of Destiny" in the Theater, receive a map of the Village, see the dioramas and models and do hands-on Canal Era crafts.

The Canal Town Journey Tour brings the Canal Era to life for you and your family. You will visit the Blacksmith, smell the smoke from the fire and learn how tools were fashioned. In the Hay Craft Learning Center, the printer will demonstrate the art of printing with the old presses and the broom maker will explain how broomcorn came to be and how it was used to fashion brooms. Dr. Johnson will be waiting in his office for your visit to tell his stories about practicing medicine during the Canal Era period. Mrs. Johnson will be waiting next door at the Dr.'s house to show you their lovely home and tell you about the furnishings and how items were used. The teacher at the one room school house will have you sit at your desk and write on a slate board as you learn about Canal Era school life. Watch the weaver demonstrate how the looms were used to weave clothing and rugs at the Crafter's House.

Explore the exhibits at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum featuring Historic Ohio items, Newark Holy Stones, American Indian artifacts, Chinese and Japanese exhibits as well as featured Special Exhibits.

Relax aboard the Monticello III, a horse-drawn Canal boat on a partially restored section of the Ohio Erie Canal. Listen as the Captain tells stories about life on the Canal and the history of its construction.

Special Pricing is available for Home School families.

For more information please call the Roscoe Village Visitor Center at (740) 622-7644 ext.12 or (800) 877-1830 ext. 12, or visit - Stacie Stein

Mountain Games, Cast Iron Cookoff

Huntington, W.Va. - A pair of events will be held at the Heritage Farm Museum and Village this fall.

On Sept. 23, the 2nd Annual Mountain Games Festival will be held. A fundraiser for the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital, it is a 10 event competition for all ages that takes a look back to activites in early Appalachia. The games include an obstacle course, feat of strength, big foot huting, the Coal Miner, Seneca Rocks, Shelter Builder, the Hunter, Steel Walker, Tomahawk Throwing and Dead Eye Shooting, as well as a Lumberjack Competition, Story Telling Competition and a petting zoo and Kid Zone for the kids. 5k and 10k trail runs are also part of the event. More information can be found at

The 7th Annual Heritage Farm Museum and Village Cast-Iron Cook-Off will be held Saturday, October 14. A maximum of 10 teams will be competing for first, second and third place, as determined by a panel of judges. The public will choose the recipient of the People's Choice Award.

Dishes are required to be cooked in cast-iron cookware, and must have a local ingredient. They will be cooked on open fires at the property. The public is invited to taste from 1:45-2:30 p.m. to choose the People's Choice.

Wagon rides, cider and lots of farm fall fun are also part of the day's events. More information can be found at - Zach Offenberger

Annual Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival

Coshocton, Ohio - Autumn in Roscoe Village is a special time of year. The beautiful scenery of central Ohio's rolling hills, the crisp mornings that transform into warm afternoons, and the smoky-sweet aroma of homemade apple butter bubbling over an open fire combine to make the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival in Historic Roscoe Village the perfect Fall event. Now in its 48th year, the Apple Butter Stirrin' has attracted crowds of all ages to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.

The three days of Apple Butter Stirrin' officially begin at 10 a.m. Friday, October 20, when crafters' and artisans' booths line the street with an array of unique handmade items including jewelry, home and garden items, paintings, pottery and other creative discoveries. Of course, no stroll through the festival would be complete without sampling the delicious assortment of unique foods, which include home-made soup, apple butter burgers, steak sandwiches, sweet potato fries, cinnamon-roasted nuts, and kettle corn.

As part of their festival admission, guests can go on a Living History Tour at their leisure to see what life was like in a 19th century town nestled along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Also throughout the weekend, younger visitors can enjoy the kids' activity area, complete with tin punching and various crafts as well as educational activities, which include outdoor living demonstrations. The weekend's events are accented by musical entertainment with performances by traditional dulcimer players, bluegrass bands, gospel singers, and country music artists. The nearby Monticello III offers a taste of life on the canal with its horse-drawn boat rides.

On Friday and Saturday evening the eerie candlelight tour, Spirit of Roscoe, will be offered at 7 p.m. On this tour, guests can walk through the historic village while listening to tales of the spirited folk who once resided in this quaint canal town. Reservations are recommended for the candlelight tour.

The dates of the 48th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival are October 20, 21 and 22. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Crafters and artisans interested in a booth space at the festival may print an application from our web site at or contact us at 740-622-7644 ext. 16 or 800-877-1830. - Mariah Ellenwood

Inaugural BB&T Malden Salt Fest

Charleston, W.Va. - Historically, West Virginia is an extractive state. Today's coal, natural gas and chemical industries were preceded by another extractive commodity: salt.

The Kanawha Valley sits upon an ancient ocean, making it a salt-rich area. In the early 1800s, settlers moved to the area and built multiple saltworks to harvest this plentiful natural resource.

By 1810, salt production was booming, producing 30 million pounds per year. The Kanawha Valley was the number one producer of salt in the United States in 1810, and salt from the area was dubbed some of the best salt in the world at both the World's Fairs in London in 1851 and in Paris in 1867.

Early salt production was made possible with both paid and slave labor. As fortunes were made, saltworks owners settled their families in Charleston, and their mansions still line the streets of the Capital City.

Several factors, including the Civil War, flooding, and loss of slave labor led to a quick demise of West Virginia's commercial salt production. Only J.Q. Dickinson remained in business after 1890, and, in 1945 the company discontinued operations. The Dickinson family retained the saltworks property, and, in 2013, Dickinson descendants Nancy Bruns and her brother Lewis Payne began producing gourmet salt, which can be found in 500 restaurants and retailers throughout the US and abroad. In July 2017, the Kanawha County Commission designated the Malden area a special interest district named "Kanawha Salines Historic Salt District."

To honor the history of the salt industry and those who built and labored at the Kanawha Valley's original saltworks, the inaugural BB&T Malden Salt Fest will take place Oct. 6-8, 2017. J. Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, in cooperation with BB&T, and local, state, county, and city officials, will host the event. Title sponsor BB&T has direct ties to the salt industry. Kanawha Valley Bank, the forerunner of the modern-day BB&T, was founded to rebuild the salt industry after the Civil War. William Dickinson, Jr, son of the founder of Dickinson Salt-Works, and several of his colleagues pooled assets and started the bank in 1867.

Friday's activities include research and genealogy assistance at the State Archives in Charleston and an invitation-only reception for descendants of salt-industry owners, paid workers, and slaves. Saturday activities include an old-fashioned parade, history lectures, saltworks tours, artifact displays, and local music.

A special children's area will be set up and train rides for the kids will be available. A morning service Sunday at the African Zion Church will include gospel music and will be followed by tours of a model of Booker T. Washington's cabin. Charleston's Springhill Cemetery and Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for self-guided tours from morning to dusk. Salt-industry-family graves will be designated.

All events are free and open to the public except for Friday night's reunion reception. A list of activities for the three-day event can be found here: - Leslie Smithson



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