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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Northern Early America

Fort Meig Picture

Fort Meigs
29100 West River Road
Perrysburg, OH 43552
Phone: 419-874-4121 or 800-283-8916 (toll free)
Site Manager: Larry Nelson

William Henry Harrison built Fort Meigs on the Maumee River in 1813 to protect northwest Ohio and Indiana from British invasion. Today's reconstruction is one of the largest log forts in America. British and Canadian troops, assisted by Indians under Tecumseh, besieged the fort twice. The 10-acre log enclosure with 7 blockhouses and 5 emplacements presented a formidable defense. The first assault was in May of 1813 and the second was in July. Both failed and the British retreated after the second. Back in the spring of 2003, the fort underwent a major renovation and the construction of a Museum and Education Center.

The Museum and Education Center has 3,000 square feet of exhibits and artifacts - including soldiers' letters and diaries, weapons, maps, and uniforms - that describe Fort Meigs role during the War of 1812. Exhibits themes include The Lore of the Land, The Sixty Year War for Ohio, and Building Fort Meigs. Original artifacts from the War of 1812, including swords, uniforms, and maps highlight the events of the war and the impact it had on soldiers and thier families. Exhibits will emphasize hands-on and interpretive learning opportunities for students and families, as well as workshop and curriculum resources for teachers. The building also includes a gift shop, classroom and conference room.

Visitor Center Hours

Year-Round
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30-5
Sunday, 12-5
Closed Holidays

Fort Hours

April 1-October 31
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30-5
Sunday, 12-5
Closed Holidays

Groups by appointment, year-round

Park Only

Year Round/Daylight Hours

Admission

OHC Members, Free
Adults, $10.00
Seniors, $8.00
Students, all ages $5.00
Children 5 & under, Free
School Groups, $2.00

Location

Fort Meigs is on West River Road (State Route 65) in Perrysburg, in Wood County. Take I-475 to exit 2 and turn north to State Route 65.

Handicapped Accessibility

Site is completely handicapped accessible.

Communities and Related Links
Fort Meigs Web Site
Toledo

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