Model T Fords chug into Roscoe Village


Dan Killecut, Sue and Jim Cook and Carol Mannherz talk during a visit by the International Model T Club on Tuesday to Roscoe Village. More than 230 cars and 500 members are touring the region this week while staying in the New Philadelphia and Dover area.
  • The International Model T Club is in the region this week for its 64th annual tour.
  • The club has more than 130 chapters across the world and does annual events to promote and support the hobby.
  • More than 230 cars and 500 members are in for the event, which includes visits Tuesday to Newcomerstown and Roscoe Village.
  • Mindy Brems of the CVB said such groups visiting gives a boost to the local tourism economy.

COSHOCTON – About 230 Model T Fords and more than 500 members of the International Model T Ford Club descended on Roscoe Village this week. 

The club is in the region until Friday as part of its 64th annual tour, which travels to different areas each year. They’re staying in New Philadelphia and Dover and then traveling to other tourist destinations. The club was last in the region in 2001. 

On Tuesday, the club started out in Newcomerstown with visiting the Temperance Tavern and Olde Main Street Museum. The afternoon was spent in Roscoe Village going to the stores, restaurants and historical locations. That evening, historical sites were toured in Ragersville, including the first cheese house in Ohio. 

Mindy Brems, director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau, said such groups give a shot in the arm to the local tourist economy, which generated more than $58 million and supported more than 750 jobs in 2019

The International Model T Club had their 64th annual tour this week in the region, centered in the New Philadelphia and Dover area. It includes more than 230 cars and 500 members. Part of Tuesday was spent in Roscoe Village with members going to local restaurants, stores and historic sites.

While tourism was down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brems said it’s bouncing back strong this summer. She said in 2019, they might have had about 75 people enter the tourism and information center in Roscoe Village over a summer weekend. They’ve been well over a 100 every weekend this summer. 

“I think people want to get out and they perceive Coshocton and Roscoe Village as a safe place to be. We’re not really highly populated, we’re considered a rural setting,” Brems said. “We’re also seeing a lot of people driving their own RVs. They’re just wandering through the country and are visiting.”  


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