Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Revolution on the Ohio Frontier

August 19-20, 2017

The American Revolution

Fort Meigs hosts the Revolution! Revolutionary War soldiers come to Fort Meigs to recreate life in early America with battles, weapon demonstrations, and more. Visit the army encampments and talk to the soldiers about life in early America.

A Cultural & Technological Revolution

The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries saw a revolution in American government as well as American culture and technology. Discover more about life in early Ohio with demonstrations of the skilled crafts and trades of the time. Hands-on activities and make-and-take crafts are on-going throughout the weekend.

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

Public Hours

  • Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

9:30 a.m.

Fort Meigs opens

9:30 - 11:30

Help the 4th Connecticut Gather Intelligence
The 4th Connecticut have lost a deseter. Can you help them find their man?

10:00

Morning Formations
Watch as the troops stand for inspection and receive their morning orders.

11:00

Musket & Rifle Demonstration
Discover the hand-held weapons used during the Revolution.

11:30

Mini-Militia - Drill with Soldiers Kid Friendly
"Enlist" in the army, get issued a wooden musket and learn how to march and fire a musket just like soldiers did during the American Revolution! Perfect for kids... and kids at heart!

12:30 p.m.

Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used.

1:00

Military Uniforms of the American Revolution
Learn all about the the dress of the military in the late 18th century.

2:00

Tactical Weapons Demonstration
Discover the military tactics used in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

3:30

Ladies Clothing in the 18th Century
Discover the daily dress of the ladies of the colonies.

4:00

Music of the American Revolution
Hear a period tune played on historical instruments.

5:00

Fort Meigs closes


On-Going Throughout the Weekend

Skilled trade demonstrations:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Leatherworking
  • Tinsmithing

Hands-on activities:

  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Candle dipping
  • Haversack making
  • Kids' games