Explore the site of two 1790s battles between the U.S. Army and an alliance of American Indian tribes. Discover a reconstructed stockade and blockhouses plus a museum and nearby monument.
At the Fort Recovery Museum, explore exhibits featuring artifacts of the two battles, see portraits of key American and American Indian leaders of the 1790s, examine excerpts from an 18th-century Shawnee dictionary assembled at the request of George Washington and visit two reconstructed 18th-century blockhouses. Nearby, visit the Fort Recovery Monument, a 101-foot limestone obelisk commemorating the two important battles that took place more than 200 years ago at the site of the present-day village of Fort Recovery: the St. Clair’s Defeat and the Battle of Fort Recovery. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours
Fort Recovery is the site of two remarkable battles in American history; the 1791 victory of nine American tribes (Miami, Shawnee, Delaware, Ottawa, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, Seneca, Cherokee, and Potawatomi), led by Mihšihkinaahkwa (Little Turtle, Miami) and Weyapiersenwah (Blue Jacket, Shawnee) over General Arthur St. Clair’s forces; and the 1794 victory of General Anthony Wayne’s army over a larger alliance of American Indian tribes. The events at this battlefield were pivotal in the relationships between the Native people defending their homelands and invading American soldiers and settlers. The battles at this site set the stage for the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, after which American Indians relinquished most of their land holdings in Ohio. They also set the course for the determination of land ownership in contemporary Ohio and the 1830 Indian Removal Act, forcibly removing American Indians from their homelands in Ohio.
Fort Recovery Museum and Monument is managed locally by the Fort Recovery Historical Society. Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/FortRecoveryMuseum