Fort Meigs will be closed for Easter on Sunday, April 20.

Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Educational Programs

America's History is in Your Backyard

On April 29, 1813 the fate of a young America was far from certain. A scant three decades after the end of the revolution that resulted in its independence, the United States was once again at war with Britain; and it was going badly for the fledgling nation. From June 1812 to February 1813, American forces lost Forts Mackinac and Detroit in the Michigan Territory, as well as Fort Dearborn in the Illinois Territory, and were defeated in battle at the River Raisin in Michigan.

But ten fateful days changed all that. From April 30 through May 9, 1813, twelve hundred American troops at Fort Meigs stood fast against the combined forces of British and Canadian soldiers and Native American warriors. Handing Britain and its allies their first major setback on America's northwest frontier, these gallant soldiers turned the tide of the War of 1812.

Today, your students can tour this key frontier fortification and experience the life of a soldier or piece together the past by examining historic artifacts. Through these various educational programs your students will begin to unravel the conflicting interests of Native peoples, European empires, and the desires of a young nation.

Book your Field Trip today

Reservations are required for all programs. For questions or to sign up please call Fort Meigs at 419.874.4121 ext. 17 to speak to the Programs Manager.

Kids inspect a display

Guided Tours

Available April - October

What you'll do & learn:

  • Costumed interpreters lead students through Fort Meigs, giving a detailed narrative and answering questions along the way
  • Students learn about the causes and effects of the War of 1812 and the events at Fort Meigs
  • Students learn about how the War of 1812 influenced the development of Ohio and the United States as well as how regional geography affected events in the Northwest Territory

Associated Costs:

  • Students: $3.00
  • Chaperones: $3.00
  • Teachers & Bus Drivers: FREE

More Details:

  • Recommended time: 1 ½ - 2 hours
  • Tours are modified by grade level
  • Minimum of 10 students required
  • Developed to compliment Ohio Social Studies Standards
  • Standards Addressed
Students take part in A Call to Arms

Students Answer the Call to Arms

Available September - October

What you'll do & learn:

  • Students assume the role of soldiers in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812
  • The student army learns the manual of arms and the military step to illustrate how armies fought in 1812
  • Students debate their individual needs against the common good of defending Fort Meigs
  • The student army does laundry by hand and participates in a court martial to learn about daily life and compare it to today

Associated Costs:

  • Students: $6.00
  • Chaperones: $6.00
  • Teachers & Bus Drivers: FREE

More Details:

  • Required time: 2 hours
  • Designed for grades 3 - 5
  • Minimum 10 / Maximum 40 students
  • Developed to compliment Ohio Social Studies Standards
  • Standards Addressed
Life at Fort Meigs Case History

Life at Fort Meigs Case History

Available Year-Round

What you'll do & learn:

  • Use reproduction artifacts, documents, and other visual materials related to the War of 1812 to supplement student understanding of Ohio's early statehood and the War of 1812
  • A teacher resource guide is included with lesson plan suggestions and activity ideas

Associated Costs:

  • $30 for a two-week rental. Cases may be picked up at Fort Meigs or shipped to your school at the fort's expense. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the renter

More Details:

  • Materials designed for a wide-range of grade levels
  • Teachers can modify activities to best meet curriculum goals and individual student learning needs
  • Available on a first-reserved, first served basis
Interpreter with students

Soldier's Life Outreach Program

Available Year-Round

What you'll do & learn:

  • A high-quality historical interpreter visits your classroom to discuss Fort Meigs
  • Students learn about the causes and effects of the War of 1812 and the events at Fort Meigs
  • Students learn about how the War of 1812 influenced the development of Ohio and the United States as well as how regional geography affected events in the Northwest Territory

Associated Costs:

  • $50 per class plus mileage at $0.50 per mile

More Details:

  • Required time: 1 hour
  • Appropriate for a wide-range of grade levels
  • Developed to compliment Ohio Social Studies Standards
  • Standards Addressed

In the return of the present Detachment of Ohio troops to their families, and homes, it is due to Ohio and her sons to record their honorable Services.

~ Brigadier-General Green Clay
August 4, 1813

Student Activities

* This scavenger hunt was designed for students taking part in a guided tour. Click here for the self-guided scavenger hunts.