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Fort Meigs

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29100 W. River Rd.
Perrysburg, OH 43551 United States
419.874.4121

Fort Meigs: War of 1812 Bastion Against the British

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.

Begin your journey in the Fort Meigs Visitor Center. Purchase tickets to explore the fort or shop the museum store. The administrative offices, museum, education center, restrooms and vending machines are all found in the Visitor Center. All visits to Fort Meigs begin and end here. It is your gateway to life in 1813!

Fort Meigs Museum

During your visit, take some time to explore our fantastic museum. Legacy of Freedom: Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 helps relate the complete story of Fort Meigs with hundreds of original artifacts on display, many of which were found on-site as archaeologists investigated the grounds.

Fort Meigs’ Historical Interpreters

Historical Interpreters, dressed in period attire, are available to answer questions, offer weapon demonstrations, and discuss the history of Fort Meigs and its role within the War of 1812.

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