Spending a day in Fort Recovery, Ohio is worth your time. It is a quaint old village where two of the largest Indian battles ever fought in the USA took place.
In 1791, “St. Clair’s Defeat” against the Shawnee-led Native Americans was the worst massacre of the American army in its history. Over 900 soldiers and 150 civilian camp followers were killed by 1500 warriors.
The second battle, “Wayne’s Victory”, took place in 1794 at the newly built Fort Recovery located at the same location. Now, the tables turned, and the battle destroyed the largest Indian confederation ever organized. This led to the American Indians giving up most of their land holdings in Ohio.
Check these items off your Fort Recovery Bucket List:
- Fort Recovery State Museum and the Blockhouse, Stockade, Franke Historical Walkway, Blacksmith Shop (the existing fort area and the surrounding park), and the Hein Amphitheater/VanTrees Park (On Sunday nights throughout the summer, concerts are in the park).
- The Fort Recovery Visitor’s Center (a restored old-fashioned Shell gas station).
- Historic Murals (The Wabash Battle of 1791 a watershed moment in American History)
- Red-Haired Nance Statue– The last civilian survivor of St. Clair Battle. Fought with baby in arms wielding a frying pan.
- Log Cabin (the original home of Joseph and Delores Eischen with displays from 1800 and 1900s).
- Pioneer Cemetery (In 1851, some boys playing along the Wabash River saw several bones here, the towns people knew the bones were from the soldiers in the battles. A proper burial followed. It is the oldest cemetery in the County.)
- Fort Recovery Monument (a 101-foot tall obelisk, burial site for the fallen soldiers of 1791)
- Eat at the Tin Cupboard.
- Play pool at the Hole in the Wall.
- You can pick up a brochure at the museum and take a tour of the town here.
Read more interesting history about Fort Recovery here (scroll down to the part about Roger Vanderburg who was trapped in a tree. Yikes!).
I hope you enjoy your day in Fort Recovery, Ohio!