Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Visiting Fort Meigs: War of 1812 Battlefield

Last spring we went to Fort Meigs.  It was a wonderful day
, a bit chilly, but fun!  Here is a brief description from their website.

Fort Meigs, named after then Governor of Ohio, Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr., was first built as a reaction to British attacks on American forts in the Northwest Territory during the War of 1812. It was built in what is now Perrysburg, Ohio, on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River rapids. Ground was broken on February 2, 1813 under the orders of General William Henry Harrison, who wanted to fortify the region. Throughout the next three months professional soldiers and militiamen alike persevered through cold winter weather and mud that would at times be knee-deep. Despite horrid weather and disease in the camp, the American army was able to complete Fort Meigs by the end of April, 1813, just in time for a British attack.
We all learned so much!  The boys were able to help shoot the cannons and march with the soldiers.  Sometimes you just can't beat hands on!

Our family purchased a pass to the Ohio Historical Society.  We went back a few more times throughout the summer for various reenactments.  We watched a jousting competition, toured the museum, and collected information.  Our family was studying the War of 1812 at the time, and being able to see the fort helped it come alive for everyone.

What ways do you and your children keep learning through the summer?  We are always looking for fun places to visit and things to do.

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