"FORT LAURENS" Ohio Off The Beaten Path Tip by mtncorg

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  Museum at Fort Laurens
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      Museum at Fort Laurens
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  • Monument to Unknown Revolutionary Soldier - Ohio
      Monument to Unknown Revolutionary Soldier
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Located just off I-77 at the same exit you would take for Zoar, is the only American fort erected during the Revolution - Fort Laurens. The fort was named in honor of the president of the Continental Congress, Henry Laurens, and was a supply point for possible American attacks against British outposts along or near Lake Erie - ie Detroit. The fort was garrisoned by 172 men in late 1778 and came under several attacks by Indians, Loyalists and British during its year of existence. There is a museum here on the site - run by the Ohio Historical Society. Eventually, in 1779, the fort was abandoned. Admission is $4 when the museum is open: June through early September.

Website: http://www.friendsoffortlaurens.org/

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