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Fort Meigs, Ohio
Looking for a fun, historical, educational day trip for the entire family? Then Ft. Meigs, just outside of Toledo, Ohio, is a “must-see.”
Built in 1813 to defend against a British invasion, Fort Meigs is one of the largest wooden walled forts in North America. Located in Perrysburg, Ohio, the rebuilt fort stands on its original site overlooking the Maumee River. The 10-acre fort consists of seven blockhouses, five cannon batteries and several eight-foot-high earthworks within a stockade wall.
Originally constructed by William Henry Harrison, Ft. Meigs was besieged twice by the Indians lead by Shawnee Chief Tecumseh. Both attacks failed and the British retreated after the second attempt.
Named for Ohio Governor Return Jonathan Meigs, the fort was first re-created by the Ohio Historical Society in 1965. The Society began a complete restoration in 2000.
The fort’s newest renovation was completed in 2003 with the construction of a Museum and Education Center at the site. As part of the renovation, the fort’s gate was replaced, as was the stockade. The blockhouses had roofs and logs replaced and now appear as they were originally, with two-foot thick walls. Exhibits at the blockhouses recreate living conditions, fighting and weaponry of the time.
There are 3,000 square feet of exhibits and artifacts at the Museum and Education Center that include weapons, uniforms, maps and soldiers’ letters describing Ft. Meigs role in the War of 1812. There are also workshops and curriculum resources available for teachers as well as a classroom, conference room and gift shop.
Ft. Meigs hosts several events recreating colonial life and battles throughout the summer months. Be sure to check the website (www.fortmeigs.org) for upcoming events.
The museum is open to the public all year, while the fort is open from April 1 thru October 31. Hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 9:30 – 5:00 and Sunday noon to 5. Both the museum and fort are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for students of all ages and children 5 and under are free.
Written by: Pam Ciepichal
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