Our Ohio History Connection Tour continues this summer with a stop in Ft. Meigs. If you are looking for a beautiful place to learn about Ohio history, make a trip to Perrysburg to see Ft. Meigs. This historic landmark is a significant place from the War of 1812. Here at Ft. Meigs, talk with tour guides who will share everything you need to know about this significant battle. You can walk the beautiful grounds of Ft. Meigs and then grab a bite to eat in Perrysburg.
Today, I am sharing details on our recent visit to Ft. Meigs and why you should add this place to your Ohio travel bucket list!
Thank you to Ohio History Connection and Ohio. Find It Here for sponsoring this post.
What is Ft. Meigs?
Ft. Meigs was the location of a fort built for the War of 1812 to fight off British attacks. The fort was strategically built on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River rapids. The original fort was torn down after a siege and was rebuilt on a smaller scale. the second fort served as a supply depot instead of a full fort.
The fort that stands today was built in the early 2000s and now stands to educate visitors about the War of 1812.
Visiting Ft. Meigs
Perrysburg is about a 90 minute drive from Greater Cleveland. It is an easy drive and it is located just off of the 80 Turnpike.
There are two components to explore at Ft. Meigs. There is an indoor museum with actual found artifacts from the location. The second part to explore is the outdoor, reconstructed fort. My son and I chose to go outside to see the fort first.
We started our visit by talking with two tour guides who led us through some of the fort. The tour guides are dressed in the clothing of the time period.
These tour guides were incredibly knowledgeable about Ft. Meigs and the War of 1812. They were eager to answer any questions we asked.
The grounds of Ft. Meigs are gorgeous. It is a mile walk along the perimeter of the fort walls. So bring comfortable shoes and be sure to wear sunscreen.
There is not a lot of shade. Although, there are several buildings to explore, so you can get some reprise from the sun. The tour guides lead us into several of the buildings on the grounds.
Each building covers a different topic. Our favorite building was learning about the soldiers’ living quarters.
Once we walked around outside, we were ready to cool off in the indoor museum. We really enjoyed the free scavenger hunt. We had to look around the museum and check off each item on the handout.
The museum includes actual artifacts that have been found on the Ft. Meigs site! We loved to see the actual uniforms and personal letters!
After we finished up at the Ft. Meigs museum, we were ready for lunch!
Where to Eat
Downtown Perrysburg is just a five minute drive from Ft. Meigs. The main street of town is so charming! There are restaurants, pubs, boutiques and coffee shops. While you are walking along Louisiana Avenue, you can head down to see the Maumee River. It is a really beautiful street!
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Swig.. There is indoor and outdoor seating. My son had his favorite, chicken and fries and I had a very generously sized salad! We were so hungry after all of the walking at Ft. Meigs!
After lunch, we still had a little room for a treat. We drove just a mile away to Twisty Treats for Toft’s Ice Cream. We each had a very large single scoop of Moose Tracks. So good!
Ohio History Connection
Earlier this summer, we visited Zoar Village as part of the Ohio History Connection Tour.
We were so excited to get another stamp in our Passport to Ohio History. We got this free Passport to Your Ohio History that you can stamp after you visit each Ohio landmark. (Or you can order online for $2.00)
There are over 55 Historical Ohio destinations in the passport. We plan to continue to fill our passport and visit more Ohio destinations in the future!
Whether you are a history fanatic or a family looking for a fun day trip, be sure to add Ft. Meigs in Perrysburg. My son and I had such a special day together. It is a place we will never forget!
Ft. Meigs hosts special events all year long including Fall Lantern Tours and a Holiday Open House. Be sure to check the schedule and plan your visit!