Visit America’s Largest Walled Fort Here in Ohio

In the Saturday, May 30 edition of the Plain Dealer my twice-monthly column is about the largest walled fort in America.  Here is an excerpt:

During the War of 1812 it took General William Henry Harrison’s men just three months in the middle of the winter to build huge Fort Meigs near present-day Toledo.  Compare that with modern times when it took three years to reconstruct the fort on its original location.

 Fort Meigs, its wooden stockade fence covering a sprawling ten acres on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River, is today noted for being one of the largest reconstructed walled forts in America.  The fort reeks of history.  The general in charge, William Henry Harrison, went on to become President of the United States.  One of his opponents on the field of battle here was Tecumseh, the famed Native American leader.

 You enter the fortification through a modern visitor center at the western end of the historic battlefield.  The visitor center also contains offices, classrooms, a gift shop, as well as a small museum.  It contains soldier’s weapons and uniforms that were worn by American fighting men and other artifacts from during the time the fort defended the western Frontier of Ohio.

 While Ohio’s role in the American Revolutionary War was minor, the state played a pivotal role in the War of 1812.  Several bloody and costly battles were fought in what is today northwestern Ohio.  Most notable was the defeat of the British Fleet by Commander Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie.  But before that happened ground forces faced a tough and determined enemy in the woodland Indians and their British allies not far from modern-day Toledo.  The British who feared American expansion into Canada and the Indians who were fighting for their homes both wanted the Americans out of Ohio”

Read the rest of the story in the Plain Dealer or at their website

Above are more pictures not used in the Plain Dealer story.

This is a great trip for the kids.  The reenactors at Fort Meigs, dressed in uniforms from the War of 1812 bring history alive.

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