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Fort Meigs

The turning point in the Western Theatre of War for American forces during the War of 1812
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  • Open Hours
    • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Sunday: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Admission
    • Adult: $8.00
    • Children 6-12: $4.00
    • OHC member: Free
    • Children (Under 6): Free
    November–March 
    9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
    April–October
    9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Open Holidays:
    Memorial Day, July 4: 
    Noon–5 p.m. 
    Closed major holidays:
    Christmas Eve: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Groups by appointment 
    Reconstructed Fort open April–October
    Museum and visitor center open year 'round
  • Historical Topics
    • Military
    • American Indian History
    • Settlement & Statehood
    • Historic Preservation
    • Archaeology
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    • Northwest Ohio
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    • All Audiences

Visit

Discover the War of 1812 at one of America’s largest reconstructed log forts. Explore blockhouses, artillery batteries, a quartermaster’s building and numerous traverses used by troops to defend the fort from British cannon fire. Learn about Ohio’s role in the war at this National Historic Landmark through soldiers' letters and diaries, uniforms and weapons located in the adjacent Museum and Visitors Center. Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours

History

Fort Meigs marks the turning point in the western theatre of war for American forces during the War of 1812. The twice-successful defense of Fort Meigs in 1813 ushered in a series of American victories which ultimately secured the Great Lakes Region in American control and cemented the geographic and cultural boundaries of the region, which still exist today. In addition, Fort Meigs prevented further British incursions into Ohio and bought American forces the time they needed to build a U.S. naval fleet on Lake Erie, resulting in the American victory during the Battle of Lake Erie.

Fort Meigs is managed locally by the Fort Meigs Association.

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