Despite the name, the War of 1812 did not begin and end in 1812. It went on for nearly three years, from 1812 until 1815. Fought against Great Britain, it was our first major war as a new nation and Ohio -- especially northwest Ohio -- was a key battleground. The war paved the way for expanded settlement and the growth of Ohio into the state we know today. It was a War of 1812 battle -- the Battle of Fort McHenry -- that inspired our national anthem.
This exhibit features artifacts and archival materials showcasing Ohio's pivotal place in the War of 1812.