Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Life in Early Ohio

August 20-21, 2016

Celebrate the Trades of Yesteryear

Blacksmithing, coopering, and tinsmithing are just a few historic skills that are considered lost arts today. In 1813 they were common skills learned by tradesmen. See historic trades and skills and learn about a different side of life in early Ohio.

The mail brings an account of an attack being made by the British and Indians at Fort Stephenson on the 3rd of August about 1 hour before sunset...They was let to come close by the fort. Some in the ditch before the fire on them was commenced... In a very short time they thought it most prudent to retreat... The number of killed and wounded and prisoners is 250.

~ Lieutenant Joseph H. Larwill
Cushing's Company, 2nd Regiment, U.S. Artillery
August 7, 1813

Event Hours

  • 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days
  • Detailed schedule below

Event Admission Rates

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Seniors (60+): $7.00
  • Students: $4.00
  • Ages 5 & Under: FREE
  • OHC members: FREE
  • U.S. Military (Active Duty & Family): FREE

Please note: Schedule and activities subject to change without notice.

Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21, 2016

Activities and demonstrations include:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Leather working
  • Windsor Chair making
  • Historic Cooking
  • Tinsmithing

Hands-on activities include:

  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Rope making
  • Period Laundry
  • Candle dipping (11-12 p.m. & 2-3 p.m. each day)
  • Period games and crafts (10-11:30 a.m. & 1-3:30 p.m. each day)

Weapon demonstrations and history discussions are also scheduled:

  • Musket firings (10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. each day)
  • Cannon firings (12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. each day)
  • The History of Fort Meigs: An Interactive Discussion (1:30 p.m. each day)