Coshocton County – off the beaten path

Today’s adventure was George’s first time driving in 3 months, so the back roads of Holmes and Coshocton County were a safe bet till he got his drivers skills back in order.

First on the google maps list was Mohawk Dam.  For those of you who followed my Facebook Lives this summer during high water, you heard me talk about this dam.

Mohawk Dam is located past the confluence of the Mohican River and the Kokosing River creating the Walhonding River. The Walhonding creates the Muskinghum River which eventually dumps into the Ohio River.

This dam was built in 1935 and put into service in 1937. The dam was built because of the Ohio’s Great Flood of 1913.

Next on my list of Off the Beaten Path in Coshocton County was the Old Stone Fort.  Only 7 miles from Interstate 77 off of St Rt 751, this fort is believed to have been built in 1679. The thought is that it was built by the French explorer, D’iberville, one of LaSalle’s aides. It’s believed to be the oldest building in Ohio, and possibly the Midwest.

Back onto St Rt 36 heading back towards Coshocton and Roscoe Village .  We drove through there remembering 35 years ago it being bigger then it is now.  If you are into history this is the place to go.

Heading back out of Roscoe Village we stopped at React Park – Triple Locks Park.  The only 3 lock system in the Ohio – Erie Canal System.

On to the Gospel Hill Lighthouse that sits 65′ up to the top of the dome .  Open Monday-Friday 9-3 and sits above the Heritage Vineyard Winery. Neither were open but it is very scenic and I imagine has quite a beautiful view.

Last on our tour of Coshocton County is the Helmick Covered Bridge.  This bridge was originally built in 1863 at the cost of $2107.  The bridge was closed in 1981 due to decay but was restored and reopened in 1996 to the tune of $250,000.  It is one of the oldest covered bridges in the State of Ohio.


Lots of history in the Coshocton Area. Our memories of Coshocton is the Hot Air Balloon Festival.  Not sure if it still goes on but again we are talking 35 years ago since we explored this area.  All of these ideas came from website.

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