Tulips in bloom at Clary Gardens

These brick houses were built by John and Richard Compton—two brothers from Culpepper, Virginia who made Coshocton, Ohio their home in the early 1800’s. They purchased the land from John Calder, the founder of Caldersburgh – which is present-day Roscoe Village. The Compton family used the land for farming and raised a small orchard on the property. The Clary name became associated with this property through the efforts of Elizabeth Brandel Clary. Mrs. Clary wanted to create a botanical garden to honor her late husband, Lawrence Clary, whose family owned and operated a florist business in Coshocton for over a hundred years. In 2001, Mrs. Clary established the Clary Garden Foundation and purchased this tract of land for its natural beauty, fertile soil, and abundance of springs.

Historic Roscoe Village

There are four significant public gardens and park spaces in Coshocton: the gardens of Roscoe Village, Lake Park, Clary Gardens, and the Pomerene Center for the Arts.

An extended bike and walking path (“tow path”) has been created to link Lake Park to the city. The gardens of Roscoe Village are planted throughout the seven acre historic canal town and educate visitors on the different types of plants that were used and grown during that era.

A signature “R” planted on a hillside greets visitors as they enter at the south entrance to the village.

A newly constructed picnic shelter is utilized by school groups and other visitors as well as by the AIB committee for their annual plant sale.

New for 2011, is a pond-less water cascade has been created to bring the gentle sound of water into the Frances Montgomery Memorial Garden next to the Village Visitor Center.

Sixth graders stenciling drains in the city, thanks to SWCD efforts.

Storm water carries pollutants from streets, yards, parking lots, and storm drains, and dumps it untreated into our local streams, rivers and lakes. Storm drain stenciling helps alert citizens of the connection between their yards and nearby waterways. This program will help citizens young and old understand the negative effects using a storm drain as a gar- bage disposal will have on our environment.

The Storm Drain Stenciling programs entitled Down the Storm Drain" provided C Coshocton City schools 5th & 6th grade classrooms from January to April providing the students lessons on watersheds, runoff, and topography. During these lessons, students learned about water runoff with different types of land use; and that all rainfall running off the streets of Coshocton goes into a storm drain. This storm drains takes the water directly into the Muskingum River. In May, the students eagerly placed storm drain markers around Coshocton that state ‘ONLY RAIN—DOWN THE STORM DRAIN”. This public ser‐ vice project was supported by the Coshocton Foun‐ dation with monies to purchase storm drain mark‐ ers. This project is part of the District’s Storm Water Management Plan and will assist the City of Coshoc‐ ton in educating the public about protecting our water quality. 

-except taken from Deb Bigelow's newsletter, Conservation Education News

Coshocton County court square has over 100 trees on the lawn.

A species inventory has been mapped of the more than one hundred trees on Coshocton’s court house square.

 A living history interpreter at Roscoe Village gives a hands-on demonstration to children

Historical markers can be found throughout the city featuring the Underground Railroad, “King Charley’s” tavern (Charley Williams was the first permanent white settler in Coshocton), Native American mound, Moravian mission of Lictenau, a millstone marking the approximate location of the council house of the Delaware Nation (Coshocton was once the capital of the entire Delaware tribe), Colonel Bouquet’s expedition to retrieve white captives and Colonel Broadhead’s Massacre.

The Coshocton City/County Park System has a horse-drawn canal boat that demonstrates what travel was like in the canal era -- Ohio Erie Canal ran through Coshocton.

The Coshocton City/County Park System is celebrating Coshocton’s Bicentennial with Native American programming. Some early summer presentations will be “Our Local Native American History”, “Food, Medicine, and More: How Native Americans Used Plants.” Later summer presentations will be “Local Native American Artifacts” and “Native American Religion.”)

Coshocton Public Library has a local history resource room which receives updated materials regularly and sponsors historical programs and interpretive events.

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