About Perrysburg Ohio

About Perrysburg

Founded in 1816, Perrysburg is named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perrysburg has a current population of approximately 18,000 people and a land area of approximately 9.1 square miles in Wood County.

General Mad Anthony Wayne defeated British and Native American soldiers in the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 a couple of miles upriver, and then advanced to the current location of Perrysburg to battle a British military post across the river. 

Gen. William Henry Harrison defended against British and Native American invaders in two sieges of Fort Meigs, which factored into the end the War of 1812. The popular Harrison Rally Day, named in his honor, is held every year on the third Saturday of September and includes fun, food, entertainment, arts and crafts.

The Ft. Meigs State Memorial, www.fortmeigs.org, is the largest reconstructed log fort in North America. Harrison built Fort Meigs on the Maumee River in 1813 to protect northwest Ohio and Indiana from British invasion.

Fort Meigs, located on 29100 West River Road (State Route 65), also houses a 3000 square foot museum/education center complete with gift shop, various exhibits and instructional/conference rooms. Groups available by appointment and children 5 and under are free.

Once the third biggest shipping port in the nation during expansion in the 1800s, Perrysburg gradually transformed into a rich agricultural and industrial center along the Maumee River. Perrysburg keeps these memories of the past by offering unique shopping, special events and historic attractions throughout the year.

Perrysburg has many shopping options including a Farmers Market on Thursdays, May through October. Levis Commons offers 400 acres of amazing shopping outlets and a 12 theater Showcase Cinemas plus office and residential space. Feature outlet stores include Ann Taylor Loft, Arhaus, Books-A-Million, Brighton Collectibles, Coldwater Creek, Joseph A. Bank Clothiers, Lane Bryant, New York & Company, Strasburg Children, Talbots/Talbots Petites and Yankee Candle. For more information visit www.leviscommons.com.

You can also shop several specialty shops in the Perrysburg area that include flower shops, spas, collectibles, artworks, baby/bridal boutique, clothing, antiques, embroidery, candy shops and even a nearby Harley-Davidson store. The Perrysburg Farmers Market has provided great food for several years now from May to October on Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. in historic downtown Perrysburg.

Area golfing centers include Shady Oak Dunes, 9 hole golf course and driving range, Perry Falls Mini Golf, 18 holes of adventure style golf and driving range, and Tanglewood Golf Course, an 18 hole golf course.

The 577 Foundation and nearby Schedel Arboretum not only offer some of the most beautiful gardens in the region, but also preserve the properties' natural splendor. Other natural attractions include Perry’s Landing and Three Meadows Pond, which has fishing, paddleboats, and a beach with lifeguard, grills and horseshoe pits.

Perrysburg offers several annual events that demonstrate the community’s pride and attract people from nearby and all over the country.

Walleye Mania features premier fishing on the Maumee River from March 1 to May 1. Fishing fanatics can also get their fill from various summer fishing derbies. The water fun continues with River Splash and Cruise by the River, a classic car show. The Ohio South of the Border Festival also occurs every August. Fort Meigs hosts the July 3rd Maumee-Perrysburg Fireworks Display every year.

Local parks include Hood, Riverside and Woodlands Park with features Fort Imagination, a state of the art playground, and other attractions.

Perrysburg has four elementary schools, Fort Meigs, Frank, Toth and Woodland), one junior high school and one high school. Visit www.perrysburg.k12.oh.us for more information about this highly honored school system.

The Perrysburg area also features Penta County Joint Vocational School (www.pentanet.k12.oh.us), The DeVry University (www.devry.edu) & Keller Graduate School of Management (www.smgdm.com/devrykeller/sbcyahoo/default.html) and Owens Community College (www.owens.edu).

The Perrysburg Journal newspaper began on March 10, 1853 then merged with The Perrysburg Messenger in 1965 to become the Perrysburg Messenger-Journal, a weekly publication. Visit them online at www.perrysburg.com. Perrysburg also two radio stations: WJYM 730-AM, and a Christian television station, WLMB TV-40 (www.wlmb.com) .

Great musical entertainment you can experience the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra (www.perrysburg.com/symphony ) and Ms. Rose's Dinner Theater (www.dcranch.net) features great food and shows.

For more information about Perrysburg visit www.perrysburgchamber.com, www.perrysburgrecreation.com, www.ci.perrysburg.oh.us , www.visitperrysburg.com and/or www.historicperrysburg.org.


Author: Michael Siebenaler